Tummy Tuck

If you have been pregnant or lost a lot of weight, your abdominal skin and muscles may have stretched and lost most of their elasticity. Many people find that diet and exercise aren’t enough to restore a flat, firm abdomen fully. Dr. Josh Olson of Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute can help you regain that slender midsection with abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, at his office near Scottsdale in Gilbert, AZ. Women and men seeking abdominoplasty trust the safety, care, and skill of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Olson and his staff for their procedures.

Allow Dr. Olson to make your goal of a trimmer abdomen a reality with a tummy tuck. People in Mesa, Chandler, and Tempe, AZ, and other cities throughout the East Valley visit him for this and other plastic surgery procedures. Contact our Gilbert office at (480) 466-7355 or request a consultation online.

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Reasons for Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy is the most common reason women get a tummy tuck, but loose skin after weight loss is another big motivator for both women and men. When the abdominal muscles and skin become permanently stretched, surgical correction is typically the only solution. A tummy tuck can:

  • Eliminate permanently stretched skin
  • Draw in distended abdominal muscles
  • Restore a flatter abdomen
  • Enhance your overall body shape
  • Improve your confidence

Can Other Procedures Be Combined With Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Many tummy tuck procedures will incorporate liposuction to remove isolated pockets of fat along the flanks. Tummy tuck surgery is also commonly a component of mommy makeover surgery, which combines multiple procedures to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy shape.

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Your Tummy Tuck Choices

All tummy tucks remove excess skin, and some also repair stretched abdominal muscles, but there are variations in the procedure. With his training and knowledge, Dr. Olson will advise you on which option would work best for your concerns. Here are some of the different kinds of tummy tucks:

Full Tummy Tuck

Also called a traditional tummy tuck, this option is the most commonly performed tummy tuck. It addresses the entire abdomen from the sternum to the pubic area. The incision, which can be easily covered by underwear or a bathing suit, spans across the lower abdomen, roughly from hip to hip. A second incision encircles the bellybutton’s inside edge and is used to free it from the abdominal skin. If the underlining abdominal muscles were separated during pregnancy, the doctor will pull them back together and secure them in place with sutures to shape and flatten the abdomen. He then smoothes the abdominal skin down and removes the excess. The bellybutton is brought through the skin, reshaped (if necessary), and sutured in place.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This variation, which is appropriate for very few patients, treats only the lower abdomen below the bellybutton. It involves a smaller horizontal incision and no incision around the bellybutton. Scars are smaller and less recovery time is required.

Circumferential Abdominoplasty

Some call this technique, which is common after massive weight loss, an extended abdominoplasty, belt lipectomy, or body lift. The extended tummy tuck continues the full tummy tuck incision around the entire midsection above the buttocks to the lower back. In addition to removing a band of skin all the way around the abdomen, this technique removes excess skin on the outer hips and buttocks. A second incision is placed around the inner bellybutton with this technique as well. Visit our Post-Weight Loss Surgery page to learn more.

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How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Scottsdale and Phoenix?

Tummy tuck surgery ranges from $13,000 to $17,000 in some cases. The actual price varies depending on the extent of the procedure. Dr. Olson combines liposuction with most tummy tucks, and the cost of the surgery increases when liposuction is needed for numerous areas. Dr. Olson’s consultation fee is $250, which will be applied to the surgical costs if the patient decides to have him perform the surgery. Patients searching for a plastic surgeon in Phoenix choose to travel to Gilbert for tummy tuck surgery because of Dr. Olson’s background, training, experience, and the consistent results shown in his before-and-after photos.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery

Patients usually go home on the day of surgery. You will need to have a trusted adult drive you home and assist you for the first few days. If you have young children, it’s important to have someone at home with you to care for them. Other considerations during recovery include:

Surgical drains: After surgery, you will return home with 1 or more surgical drains that are inserted under the skin near the incision. These thin, plastic tubes are used to prevent the buildup of fluid during the early stages of healing. Drains are typically removed after 7 to 10 days during a post-op appointment. Occasionally, mini tummy tuck patients do not require surgical drains.

Compression garment: You will need to wear an abdominal compression garment at all times for the first 2 weeks after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support as your muscles heal. If you have liposuction along with your tummy tuck, your compression garment will cover all treated areas.

Walking: Although you won’t be able to stand up straight at first, you will need to stand and carefully walk around for short periods of time throughout the day. It’s important to begin walking within a day or 2 of surgery to help your body heal, limit constipation, and reduce the possibility of developing blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis).

Standing upright: During your surgery, excess abdominal skin is removed and your abdominal muscles may be repaired with internal sutures. As a result, you will likely find it difficult to stand completely upright for about the first week. Once the tight or pulling sensation fades, it is safe to stand up straight.

Returning to work: After about 2 weeks, most patients are ready to return to non-strenuous work. If your job requires a lot of standing, you will need to wait about 3 to 4 weeks to return to work. If your job is strenuous, you will need to take about 6 weeks off.

Resuming workouts: You will need to avoid strenuous activities and exercises for the first 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. Once you are cleared by Dr. Olson, you may resume low-impact activities such as working out on an elliptical machine or a stationary bike. Most patients are ready to do more demanding exercise such as running, high-impact aerobics, and light upper body workouts after about 4 to 6 weeks.

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When Will I See My Final Results After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The results of your tummy tuck should be noticeable immediately and continue to improve over the following year. If liposuction is performed, swelling may persist for 4 to 6 weeks in those areas. Dr. Olson’s tummy tuck patients are consistently happy to have firm, flat, more youthful-looking abdomens again. They often feel more comfortable and confident in an expanded choice of clothing options, including bikinis.

Will I Have a Visible Scar After My Tummy Tuck?

Although all surgical procedures, including tummy tucks, leave scars, Dr. Olson will take care to place the incision as low as possible to make the scar easily concealed by most underwear and swimsuits. The extent of scarring depends on the technique used and how your body heals. Dr. Olson will discuss scar prevention and treatment with you. Patients usually feel that the scar is well worth the improvements they gain from this procedure.

For more information about tummy tuck surgery, read Dr. Olson’s Tummy Tuck FAQ.

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