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Over time, pregnancy, extensive weight loss and aging can make the abdominal muscles less elastic, despite how healthy you eat or how much you exercise. You can combat those effects with tummy tuck surgery—also called abdominoplasty. The procedure tightens stomach muscles and reduces fat and skin around your midsection, making your abdomen look flatter and smoother.

Ideal tummy tuck candidates will have one or more of these situations:

  • Excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
  • Excess fat in the abdomen
  • Currently at an ideal weight
  • Overall healthy
  • No future pregnancies planned

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What to expect before, during and after tummy tuck surgery

During your consultation with your cosmetic surgeon, you’ll review tummy tuck options, including a complete or partial tummy tuck, sometimes called a mini tummy tuck. Most people choose the complete tummy tuck, which requires just a two-week recovery. A partial tuck focuses on removing loose skin rather than fat and involves a smaller incision.

Whatever type of tummy tuck you select, your cosmetic surgeon will make a horizontal incision across your pubic area near the navel, through which weaker abdominal muscles will be repaired and excess fat and skin removed.

Before your surgery, we will give you instructions on how to prepare and help your surgery go smoothly. This will include any foods, drinks and medications to avoid.

You may spend up to two days in the hospital, when you will experience some discomfort and swelling. Your surgeon will prescribe medications to manage your pain.

Most people return to their usual activities after six weeks. You may have to wear a compression garment for support for two to three months. As the swelling decreases, your results will become more visible. Scarring will become less visible after a few months. We recommend a healthy diet and exercise to maintain your results.

Tummy tuck cost

Depending on your treatment goals and any other services you undergo, the cost of a tummy tuck will vary. We will discuss the cost of your tummy tuck during your consultation.

Tummy tuck risks

While complications are rare, the most common tummy tuck surgery issues are infections and scarring. You can avoid these complications by following the pre- and post-operative instructions we provide. We are always available to address any questions and concerns you may have.

Contact Us

Is tummy tuck surgery right for you? Contact us by calling us at 717-291-5863.

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