A tummy tuck enhances the appearance of the lower abdomen by treating the stubborn “pooch” that is often resistant to diet and exercise. It is popular among women following pregnancy, as well as both men and women after a major weight loss. This procedure removes excess fat and skin while tightening the internal abdominal wall muscles. Patients considering this surgery should be in good physical health and at or near their goal weight. Abdominoplasty allows individuals to have firmer, flatter stomachs, giving them the confidence to wear swimsuits and tighter fitting clothing.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Amazing Experience - I had a tummy tuck, Breast lift, arm fat removal and lipo with Dr. Haidenberg - I had a tummy tuck, Breast lift, arm fat removal and lipo with Dr. Haidenberg on June 23rd of this year. I have never been happier in my life. Not only did I barely experience any pain, but I was up and out at dinner (against docs orders) within two weeks, drains and all. I love this doctor and his staff. They are all the best."- A. / RealSelf / Sep 17, 2020
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"Life changing! I turn heads wherever I go and feel great - I am 44 years old and after 3 kids I decided to see Dr. Haidenberg for a consultation. I chose him for his excellent reviews, online before/after pictures, price transparency, and great location. I had a tummy tuck and liposuction and am 2 months post-op. I couldn’t be more happier! I am thrilled actually. This procedure has changed my life. I can not only fit into old clothes, I am down 2 sizes. I finally went shopping and am so happy on what I can try on. I turn heads wherever I go and feel great. I had excellent care during and after my surgery. The nurses are caring and office staff is friendly. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. Highly recommended!"- D. / RealSelf / Nov 08, 2021
"The best thing I have done for my body after having 2 kids - Having a tummy tuck is best thing I have done for my body after having 2 kids. I've always wanted to remove my excess skin so my clothes fit better and simply boost my confidence and when diet and exercise wasn't enough, Dr. Haidenberg and his staff gave me what I needed. He's a wonderful surgeon and so is his whole staff. Don't delay do this for yourself, it is worth it."- G. / RealSelf / Apr 07, 2022
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Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck. These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks.
The price for abdominoplasty will vary depending on the technique used, the patient’s condition and aesthetic goals, as well as other factors relating to the surgical case. However, on average, most patients can expect to pay between $6,800-$12,500 for their tummy tuck procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQ’s
Tummy Tuck or Lipo?
Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.
What About Scarring?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.
New Pregnancy? Weight Gain?
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.