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Tummy Tuck in Darien

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Age, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy can result in separated abdominal muscles, stretched skin, and unresponsive fat deposits. Dr. David Passaretti can perform a tummy tuck to tighten muscles and remove excess fat and skin, creating a more toned midsection. Can a tummy tuck performed at our Darien, CT, practice help you achieve your goals?

Look & Feel Your Best

Instant, Dramatic Transformation

As soon as your surgery at our practice is complete, you will be able to immediately see a difference in your figure. However, you will need to wait for swelling to subside to see your final results.

Improve Self-Confidence

Overcoming insecurities about your breasts can improve your body image and overall self-confidence. After surgery, many patients are able to enjoy the freedom of wearing the clothes they want without hesitation.

Better Quality of Life

Newly found self-confidence can also improve your overall quality of life. Many patients find that they feel empowered to pursue new opportunities and relationships.

Abdominoplasty after Pregnancy

Abdominoplasty can be performed at our Darien practice for women after pregnancy to eliminate the excess skin. By removing this skin, Dr. Passaretti can narrow the patient's shape into the hourglass figure she had before pregnancy.

Factors to Consider


Good Health

You must be in good overall health before undergoing plastic surgery. Some health conditions may preclude you from this treatment.


Realistic expectations are essential. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, and it will result in some scarring.

Your Family

You should be finished having children. The effects of carrying and delivering a child can reverse the results of surgery.

Traditional Tummy Tuck Procedure

There are three key steps in a successful abdominoplasty...

  1. Dr. Passaretti will first ensure that the abdominoplasty patient is properly anesthetized.
  2. He makes an incision just under the lower abdomen and separates the skin from the underlying abdominal wall.
  3. He tightens the abdominal muscles, securing them with stitches.
  4. If included in the treatment plan, Dr. Passaretti may elect to use liposuction to remove pockets of fat from the area.
  5. After pulling the skin down and trimming any excess, he sutures the incision together.

Typically, scarring is minimal and should fade over time.

Tummy Tuck in Darien, CT & Fairfield County, CT

Body Contouring Alternatives

Candidates can look forward to a slimmer, flatter midsection after surgery, but should explore other body contouring procedures with Dr. Passaretti if they desire significant reduction of fat.

A Closer Look at Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a safe and effective way of flattening the stomach. If you have excess fat that is stubbornly resistant to diet and exercise, a tummy tuck at our Darien office may be for you.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

Your Recovery

Dr. Passaretti will use his surgical skill to ensure your tummy tuck recovery involves minimal downtime so you can get back to your life and show the world your new trim, toned abdomen. As with any surgery, you may feel some discomfort after your tummy tuck. We will help you manage your pain with medication. Most patients return to work in about two weeks, although your recovery time will vary based on the extent of your procedure. You will wear a compression garment which can be hidden under clothing for at least one month to ensure you heal properly.

Follow-Up Care

While you recover from your abdominoplasty, you will maintain regular visits with Dr. Passaretti at his Darien office in Fairfield County to ensure that you are healing properly. Dr. Passaretti will provide you with explicit instruction on what to expect after surgery and what activities you should refrain from.

A Focus on Patient Education

Tummy tuck surgery is safe and effective, but it is an invasive procedure and so is not without risk. At our Darien office, we will educate you on the details of abdominoplasty so that you can make an informed decision regarding treatment.

Tummy Tuck After C-Section

Women often face significant pressure to return to their pre-pregnancy weight quickly after giving birth. Some women even consider undergoing a tummy tuck at the same time as their C-section. However, combining both procedures can have traumatic effects on the body. Waiting until you are fully recovered is vital to ensure you experience the full benefits of abdominoplasty and avoid further health risks. Dr. Passaretti can determine your candidacy for a tummy tuck after C-section during an exam at his practice serving patients in Darien and Fairfield County.

Benefits of Waiting Until


Overall Health

Women who have a C-section typically have a four to six-inch scar that takes at minimum, six weeks to heal properly. The body also generally requires at least eight weeks to adjust to physical changes. Giving your body time to heal lowers the chance of surgical complications.

Bond with Your Baby

The first few weeks after birth are critical for mother-child bonding. You will not be able to bond with your baby when you are recovery from a tummy tuck. You will need at least two weeks of almost complete downtime, during which you may need help caring for your child.

Weight Loss

Waiting also gives you a chance to address pregnancy weight gain with diet and exercise. If you are closer to your ideal weight when you undergo a tummy tuck, more excess skin can be removed. In such cases, the surgeon is sometimes able to move the cesarean scar below the bikini line.*

How Long Should You Wait?

Most surgeons advise waiting at least six months to a year after a C-section before scheduling a tummy tuck procedure. While a tummy tuck may sound simple, it is a major surgery involving the alteration of muscle, tissue, and skin. Dr. Passaretti is dedicated to providing safe procedures that offer incredible results without impacting your overall health

Putting undue stress on your body during this period can have adverse effects. Studies show that combining Cesarean delivery with abdominoplasty increases the chance of surgical complications by 51 percent and is less likely to deliver the desired aesthetic results.

Additional Tummy Tuck Options


Circumferential Abdominoplasty

Often recommended for post-bariatric surgery patients (as it is a fairly extensive procedure), this tummy tuck is performed through an incision that spans the circumference of the waistline.

Mini Abdominoplasty

Also known as a “scarless” tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck is often suitable for patients who require only a small amount of abdominal fat and skin to be removed.

Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

A minimally invasive procedure that utilizes special, tiny instruments - including a thin tube with a camera on the end - for reduced bleeding, swelling, and scarring. This is typically best for patients with small amounts of excess skin.

Extended Abdominoplasty

This procedure addresses excess skin around the sides of the midsection, including the flanks and hips. This is often recommended for patients with greater excess fat and skin.

Enjoy a More Comfortable Recovery


One of the greatest benefits of a drainless tummy tuck over traditional abdominoplasty is the simple recovery. Most patients at our Darien plastic surgery practice appreciate that they don't have to worry about caring for and emptying their surgical drains after surgery. Many also experience:

  • A shorter recovery time
  • Less discomfort
  • Smoother scarring after the procedure

The special sutures will dissolve on their own, so post-operative care is also fairly minimal.

Top Reasons


Improved Contours

With liposuction, Dr. Passaretti can isolate and remove fat deposits, giving you more sculpted and toned contours.

Better Control of Skin

By performing both a tummy tuck and liposuction, Dr. Passaretti can address excess fat and loose skin, allowing him to more precisely contour your abdomen.

Less Complicated Recovery

Without surgical drains to worry about, you can focus on resting after your procedure.

Genuinely Invested


"Dr. Passerati is a great doctor! He performed a mini tummy tuck on me approximately 9 months ago and I could not be more pleased. He listens, takes time, and genuinely cares about my concerns. He understands that as a man it is difficult to broach cosmetic surgery topics. He made me feel at ease and unhurried."

- Walter C.

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Top Reasons


Shorter Recovery

Since this procedure requires less extensive tissue modification, you can get back to work, school, and other activities more quickly.

Minimal Scarring

This procedure results in much subtler scarring, allowing you to more comfortably wear midriff-bearing clothing or swimsuits

Ideal Mini Tummy Tuck Candidates:

You must meet certain criteria to qualify for this procedure. During your initial consultation at our Darien office, Dr. Passaretti will examine your abdomen, go over your medical records, and discuss your expected outcomes to determine if you are eligible for a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is typically recommended for patients who:

Need Minor Refinement

You should only have a minimal amount of excess skin and fat in your midsection.

Have Abdominal Muscles Intact

This procedure typically does not address muscular tissue, including bulging or separated abdominal muscles

Are Concerned about Scarring

Mini tummy tucks can reduce your chance of developing noticeable scars.

Do Not Smoke

Smoking can interfere with proper healing. If you do smoke, you will need to quit.

Are in Good Overall Health

You should be in good overall health and be able to safely undergo anesthesia and sedation.

Have Achieved a Stable Weight

Fluctuations in your weight can interfere with your tummy tuck results.

What to Expect


  1. Dr. Passaretti will administer the necessary anesthesia and sedation to keep you comfortable.
  2. Next, he will create a small incision somewhere below your navel and above your pubic region, depending on your particular needs.
  3. Dr. Passaretti will then carefully remove surplus fat, skin, and tissue from your abdomen.
  4. He may also use liposuction to sculpt your stomach at this time. In some rare cases, he may also modify your abdominal muscle, although this is not typical.
  5. To complete your mini tummy tuck, Dr. Passaretti will suture your incision closed.

This minimally invasive approach means that Dr. Passaretti does not need to reposition your belly button. It involves a much shorter, smaller incision than traditional, circumferential, or extended abdominoplasties. Unlike an endoscopic tummy tuck, a mini-abdominoplasty does not involve the use of special camera-controlled tools.

Mini Tummy Tuck Candidates

Helping Patients Achieve Their Goals

"Your artistry and giving heart has transformed my life. Yes I lost the weight but I never would have had the confidence that I have, had it not been for you."

- Happy Patient

Individualized Factors to Consider:

Type of Abdominoplasty

Each type of tummy tuck varies in complexity, equipment, suturing, and technology. Typically, the more extensive the procedure, the higher the cost will be.


In some cases, Dr. Passaretti may use liposuction to break down and extract excess fat depending on your desired results.

Anesthesia & Medication

Certain types of anesthesia are more affordable. You may also require additional pain medication prescriptions after treatment.

An Investment in Your Quality of Life

Many patients find that their tummy tuck can vastly improve their quality of life and is well worth the cost. The results of your tummy tuck can have a far-reaching positive impact, from improving your appearance and ability to exercise, to reducing your risk of fungal infections that come with having large folds of excess skin over your stomach. Dr. Passaretti highly recommends abdominoplasty for qualifying patients in Darien and Fairfield County who want to address their midsection.

Our Patient Discusses Her Tummy Tuck

Our abdominoplasty patient discusses how much she appreciated the friendliness and professionalism at the office of Dr. Passaretti. With four kids and cancer, our patient was ready for a change. The procedure she went through helped get her body back where she wanted it and boosted her confidence for years to come.

A Positive Experience

"Dr. Passaretti and his staff were all extremely professional and kind. I had a wonderful experience with my surgery and I am so happy with the results! I would recommend anyone to have their plastic surgery with Dr. Passaretti. He is a highly skilled surgeon with a warm and friendly staff to take care of all of your needs."

- Satisfied Patient

If you are considering plastic surgery in Darien, CT, or anywhere around Fairfield County, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with top plastic surgeon Dr. Passaretti.

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