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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics

True Form Tummy Tuck®

Tummy tuck surgery improves stomach contours by removing excess skin, eliminating stubborn fat, and tightening the abdominal muscles.

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

The Story Behind the True Form Tummy Tuck®

Dr. Chris Patronella has spent years studying and perfecting his True Form Tummy Tuck® technique.

Throughout the years, he had consulted with many patients who were unhappy with the results of previous tummy tucks because they felt their tummies had an unnatural appearance or simply did not look as they had with their pre-baby bodies. Dr. Patronella felt that, while the tummy was flat and smooth, it lacked natural character and subtle definition. His solution was to create the True Form Tummy Tuck®.

This technique restores an authentically contoured abdomen rather than a flat surgical one. This technique’s most distinguishing characteristic is the focus placed on redefining the subtle contours of the abdomen and ensuring soft, smooth transitions throughout all abdominal regions. With his True Form Tummy Tuck®, Dr. Patronella skillfully sculpts an attractive, natural-looking abdomen rather than a standard and flat surgical one.

Elements of the True Form Tummy Tuck® Method

  • Abdominal Contouring

    By accenting various abdominal contours along the upper and lower abdomen, a defined, smooth, natural-looking abdomen is restored.

  • Waist Contouring

    Using liposuction and other contouring techniques, the waist is thinned and made to gently taper towards the hips to create a longer, more graceful look.

  • Smooth Transitions

    Attentive and precise suturing at the incision line allows for a smooth, natural-appearing transition between the lower abdomen and pubic area.

  • Consistent Skin Firmness Above and Below the Navel

    The abdominal skin and tissue is advanced downward from the lower ribcage to the pubic hairline with equal distribution of tautness. Any laxity of the upper part of the abdomen can be eliminated comparable with reduction of the lower abdominal skin and fat to achieve consistent, natural results.

  • Navel Contouring

    With internal suturing and by reattaching the belly button to underlying muscle, a deep inward contour is made. Thus, a natural and youthful navel is restored.

  • Strategic Incision Placement

    The lower abdominal incision is strategically placed low on the bikini line. Thoughtful positioning, orientation, and design allows for swimsuits and underwear to easily cover any scarring.

  • Muscle Tightening

    Internal sutures tighten tissue and bring the muscles together to repair weakened abdominal muscles.

The True Form® Difference

Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Patronella can experience the following:

Natural features

Subtle contour variations

Consistent skin tone

Sensual beauty and elegance

True Form Tummy Tuck® FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How long will the procedure take?

    The amount of correction needed will affect the amount of time the procedure takes. In most cases, the surgery takes anywhere from two to three hours.

  • How long is the recovery process?

    Many patients will be able to return to work and light activity after two weeks. However, it may take several months for the body to recover 100 percent.

  • How long will my True Form Tummy Tuck® last?

    This should be a one-time procedure. As long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained and there is no major weight gain, the results will be long lasting.

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Dr. Patronella’s warm and friendly patient care team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and schedule your appointment with Dr. Patronella.

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