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 fully restore a flat, firm abdomen. Dr. Josh Olson of Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute can help you regain that slender midsection with abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, at his offices near Scottsdale in Paradise Valley and 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 goals 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 Paradise Valley office at (480) 423-1973 or Gilbert, AZ office at (480) 466-7355 or request a consultation online.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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#273 Tummy Tuck, Brachioplasty

This patient is 6 months post a fleur de lis tummy tuck with an extended brachioplasty. She had lost close to 100lbs from gastric sleeve surgery.
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#256 Tummy Tuck, Liposuction

This patient is 6 weeks post op tummy tuck with liposuction to waist. 
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Case #233

Dr. Olson performed standard tummy tuck with liposuction of the waist.
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Case #214

This patient is 6 months out from a tummy tuck with Dr. Olson
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Standard Abdominoplasty
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Abdominoplasty with Liposuction to waist
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 157 Before & After View #1 | Gilbert, AZ | Dr. Josh Olson: Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute
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Case #157

This 39 year-old woman from Chandler, AZ presented to Dr. Olson for a mommy makeover and breast revision surgery. She had undergone breast augmentation with saline implant years prior and noticed her breasts have gone down in size and are much lower than prior to having children. Dr. Olson recommended a breast implant exchanged to Allergan full profile... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 128 Before & After View #1 | Gilbert, AZ | Dr. Josh Olson: Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute
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Case #128

This 34 year-old mother presented to Dr. Olson for consultation regarding a tummy tuck. She was exercising at close to her ideal weight but unhappy with the look of her abdomen.Dr. Olson recommended a full abdominoplasty and liposuction to her flanks. The operation went smoothly and in addition to her tummy tuck Dr Olson also repaired her... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 97 Before & After View #1 | Gilbert, AZ | Dr. Josh Olson: Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute
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Case #97

This 30 year-old woman from Gilbert, AZ visited our office near Scottsdale, AZ for a tummy tuck. She had lost 60 pounds and was having trouble losing more weight due to her redundant skin and abdominal tissue. Dr. Olson met with her and discussed her goals. He recommended a fleur de lis abdominoplasty to not only remove the excess lower abdominal... Read More
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Case #83

This 42 year-old woman presented to our office in Gilbert, AZ near Tempe, AZ for consultation regarding a tummy tuck. Dr. Olson had already performed liposuction of her waist previously and she is now requesting a full abdominoplasty. Dr. Olson met with her and after examining her recommend a tummy tuck with repair of her rectus muscles... Read More
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Case #70

This 39 year-old woman from Chandler, AZ presented to our office for a consultation for a mommy makeover. She met with Dr. Olson who went over the surgical procedure and go over his recommendations. Dr. Olson recommended a full tummy tuck with muscle plication and a breast augmentation with a breast lift or mastopexy. The operation went... Read More
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Case #66

This 36 year-old woman from San Tan Valley presented to our clinic in Gilbert, AZ near Scottsdale for a consultation regarding abdominal contouring. She was looking for improvement of her abdomen after having children. Dr. Olson examined her and discussed her options including a tummy tuck versus liposuction. He ultimately recommended... Read More
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Case #27

This 34 year-old female met with me for consultation for a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. She has two children and was hoping to regain her breast fullness and lose some of the excess skin and fat on her abdomen. I recommended silicone implants for the more natural feel of the implant. She did not want it obvious she underwent... Read More
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6 weeks post tummy tuck with liposuction to waist
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Case #201

This patient is 6 weeks post abdominoplasty with liposuction to the waist.
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Case #200

This patient came to Dr. Olson wanting to correct her diastasis recti from post pregnancy. A standard abdominoplasty was performed. This patient is 6 weeks post procedure. 
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Case #32

This 33 year-old woman from Mesa, Arizona presented to our office near Scottsdale, AZ for a consultation for body contouring. After pregnancy and children she was unhappy with her abdominal size and excess skin. Dr. Olson spent time discussing surgical options in his Gilbert office and recommended an extended abdominoplasty and liposuction... Read More
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Case #28

This 36 year-old female from Phoenix, AZ presented to my Gilbert clinic near Scottsdale, AZ for consultation regarding a breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck. She has four children and after breast feeding was unhappy with her loss of breast shape and volume. She is very active and had minimal excess fat but was left with loose, excess skin on... Read More
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Case #22

This 36 year-old woman from the Mesa area came to my Gilbert office for a consultation regarding a mommy-makeover. She was interested in more breast fulness and symmetry as well as improvement of her abdomen. She had a significant separation of her rectus muscles (rectus diastasis) from pregnancy on exam and a full abdominoplasty would remove extra... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 12 Before & After View #1 | Gilbert, AZ | Dr. Josh Olson: Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute
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Case #12

This 41 year old patient presented to Dr. Olson for consultation regarding abdominal contouring. She has four children and underwent multiple C-sections leaving her with abdominal laxity and a tethered scar accentuating her abdominal lipodystrophy. She has excess abdominal adipose tissue and was hoping to remove some unwanted fat and excess skin. Dr.... Read More
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Case #7

This 39 year patient presented to Dr. Olson for body contouring after she lost 100 pounds with diet and exercise. She felt her excess lower abdominal skin and fat were keeping her from continuing to lose weight because it was getting in the way with exercise. She was extremely motivated to continue losing weight and I felt she was a good candidate... Read More
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Case #5

This 25 year-old patient came to see Dr. Olson for a tummy tuck. She has two children and was unhappy with the excess abdominal skin and fat. She also had stretch marks from pregnancy and her rectus muscles were stretched out.Dr. Olson recommended a tummy tuck and tightening of her rectus musculature. He also recommended liposuction of her... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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

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 Choices

All tummy tucks remove excess skin, and some also repair stretched abdominal muscles, but there are variations on 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

This is the traditional tummy tuck. It addresses the entire abdomen from the sternum to the pubic area. The incision spans across the lower abdomen, roughly from hip to hip, with a complete incision around the belly button, or umbilicus.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This variation treats only the lower abdomen below the umbilicus. It uses a smaller incision and no incision around the belly button. Scars are smaller, and less recovery time is required.

Circumferential Abdominoplasty

Some call this technique an “extended abdominoplasty,” “belt lipectomy,” or “body lift.” It is common after massive weight loss, and removes a band of tissue from around the entire midsection. Read about post-weight loss surgery to learn more.

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Cost of a Tummy Tuck

The price of a tummy tuck 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. The cost ranges from $4,500 to $10,000 in some cases. Patients searching for a plastic surgeon in Paradise Valley 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 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 exercise such as 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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Your Results

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 4-6 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.

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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