Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure for patients with worries about loose skin and excess fat, or concerns about the contour of their abdomen or belly. Dr. Pankaj Tiwari and Dr. Ergun Kocak, of Ohio’s Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery, are leading board-certified plastic surgeons with over 20 years of combined surgical experience. With offices in Gahanna and Columbus, Dr. Kocak and Dr. Tiwari annually crafts hundreds life-changing tummy tuck results to men and women throughout the Midwest.
Cost & Financing
The average cost of abdominoplasty is $6,449 – $9,069. The final costs will be determined by miscellaneous medical fees that include operating room (OR) fees, surgeons fees, and the technique required to attain desired results. An accurate quotation will be provided at the end of your initial consultation. Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery accepts cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards.
Types of Tummy Tuck
- Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck uses a very short incision scar to remove only a small amount of skin from the lowest part of the abdomen, while tightening that area of the abdominal wall.
- Full Tummy Tuck
A full or traditional tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightens the internal muscles of the abdominal wall, from the breastplate down to the pubic region. This is a very effective method for smoothing contour and removing extra skin and fat from the entire stomach area.
- Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck
It is a full tummy tuck with the addition of a vertical incision along the center of the abdomen. By removing excess fat and skin in two directions, the abdominal region can be tightened to a greater degree. This is often used on patients who have experienced massive weight loss.
- Circumferential Tummy Tuck/Belt Lipectomy
The circumferential body lift or belt lipectomy is the removal of the tissue on the front, sides, and back of the lower torso. A full tummy tuck is performed first, with incisions on the flank and back done separately. The resulting scar forms a belt around the abdomen, but it can be easily concealed.
Before & After for Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia because it is a major surgery. It can take 3 – 5 hours to finish, depending on the amount of skin and fat to be removed and the laxity of the abdominal area.
Your abdomen will be marked with a surgical pen before the operation. Once you are sedated, you will be taken to the operating room. Your surgeon will make incisions along the markings, removing an area of skin and fat. Liposuction will be performed on your torso as needed. The muscles in the abdominal wall are then tightened and the remaining skin will be pulled downwards. If there is any additional skin below the torso, it will be removed. The belly button may be in the same position or may be repositioned depending on each individual patient. Incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures.
The abdominoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure, but you may opt to stay overnight in a private recovery room. You will be instructed to wear a compression garment 24 hours a day for 1 – 2 weeks, and you may have drain tubes inserted into your abdomen for up to 10 days to prevent fluid buildup and blood clots.
Our doctors recommend having a loved one assist you around the house for 1 week. During this time, doctor-prescribed painkillers can be used to alleviate any discomfort you may experience. Showers, chores, and light exercises can be resumed within 2 weeks, or once the drain tubes have been removed. Depending on your physician’s assessment, you may resume driving and return to work as well. The continued use of a compression garment may be needed for several hours a day for around 6 weeks, until your abdomen has settled into its new shape.
Your results will be considered final after 6 – 8 weeks, with minor changes manifesting over the next 3 months. Associated scars usually thin and fade over time and are easily hidden underneath underwear. Results are permanent with consistent diet and exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can I do if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my tummy tuck?
You may require a revision or secondary tummy tuck in order to address any functional or aesthetic issues. The procedure is the same as a primary tummy tuck. However, it may be necessary to postpone a tummy tuck revision for up to a year in order to let the results from the initial surgery fully settle.
2. Is it safe to perform tummy tuck surgery right after a C-section?
This procedure, often called a C-tuck, is not recommended. The skin and muscles of the abdomen are at their most lax, so muscle tightening may be overdone and do more harm than good. Over time, the muscles will heal naturally – if combined with the effects of a C-tuck, the uterus may be permanently damaged. You may undergo tummy tuck 6 – 12 months after a C-section, as advised by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
3. What are the advantages of a abdominoplasty compared to liposuction?
These are two fundamentally different cosmetic procedures, and cannot be compared.
Liposuction extracts fat using minimally invasive cannulas and DOES NOT remove skin. A tummy tuck CAN remove fat and skin but must do so with incisions. Furthermore, during a tummy tuck the abdominal muscles are tightened.
4. Can a tummy tuck cause nerve damage?
A board-certified plastic surgeon has intimate knowledge of anatomy and the likelihood of experiencing numbness outside of the abdomen is very low. You may discuss any possible risks with your doctor during your consultation.
5. Is it normal for your stomach to be hard after an abdominoplasty?
Your abdominal muscles may continue to contract for up to two years after surgery, creating a sensation of hardness. There may be discomfort during this time, but if any pain flares up it is best to obtain your surgeon’s opinion. It is also best to see your doctor if the hardness continues beyond the expected timeframe.
Request Your Consultation
To learn more about tummy tuck, you can schedule an appointment online or you can call 855-687-6227
*The information available on this page was created to educate our patients. It is not an alternative for a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Individual results vary per patient. For more information, we strongly recommend scheduling a consultation with our doctors.