Doctors Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL, is here to help men and women regain a thinner, smoother and firmer midsection with abdominoplasty. Also called a tummy tuck, this surgery is performed to remove extra skin and fat from the stomach and flanks and to eliminate pregnancy stretch marks from below the belly button. The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) rejuvenates and contours the abdomen. It tightens the abdominal muscles and restores a firm, flat stomach with a slim and trim waist.
The tummy tuck produces the smooth, flat stomach and youthful curves that you may have experienced in your early twenties and even thirties. Middle age and older men and women may experience lax stomach muscles and flabby skin as they age. Pregnancy is another cause for excess stomach fat and stretched abs. If after painstakingly watching your diet and regularly exercising, you still don’t see the results that you want, a tummy tuck could be the answer that renews your youthful shape and helps you achieve a flat and firm stomach.
The Tummy Tuck Surgery
The abdominoplasty surgery is designed to restore a youthful, tighter abdomen by surgically removing fatty tissue and unwanted skin. Additional processes may be completed, such as the tightening of the anterior abdominal wall muscles, eliminating c-section scars and reshaping the groin area. Each surgery is tailored to match the patient’s goals. There are different abdominoplasty techniques, including the mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, and combination procedures that involve liposuction. Each of these options is performed at Doctors Plastic Surgery and offers men and women outstanding, pleasing cosmetic results.
- Full Tummy Tuck – A full tummy tuck is often carried out with liposculpture, and the entire procedure typically takes less than two hours to complete. General anesthesia is used, and scars are carefully placed as inconspicuously as possible within the skin’s natural folds. A licensed nurse is available to observe and care for the patient overnight following a full abdominoplasty procedure. The expected recovery period is generally one to two weeks.
- Mini Tummy Tuck – The mini tummy tuck is an option for individuals who feel that the fullness in their tummy is located below the belly button only. A Mini Tummy Tuck is often combined with liposuction and removes excess skin and fat from the lower portion of the stomach. The mini tummy tuck scar is shorter in length than a full tummy tuck, and the recovery is quicker. The mini tummy tuck scar is concealed in natural creases of the skin.
- Combination Procedures – Abdominoplasty alone provides outstanding, eye-pleasing results, but the tummy tuck procedure may also be performed with liposculpture to the upper abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs or knees for enhanced results. When abdominoplasty surgery is performed along with other procedures, such as breast augmentation or a complete mommy makeover, an optimal physical transformation is experienced. The recovery period might also be extended. Tailored options should be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
During the Procedure
Liposculpture may be completed during the operation, and depending on the chosen abdominoplasty technique, the surgery will include a lower traverse incision that runs from hipbone to hipbone and lies just above the pubic area. Excess skin and belly fat are removed through the incision, and the muscles may be tightened. When the incisions are closed, a dressing is placed over the abdomen, and temporary drains may be used to remove excess fluid.
Tummy Tuck Expectations
The fully trained plastic surgeons at Doctors Plastic Surgery have completed hundreds of abdominoplasty procedures. Safety is always our very first priority, and we provide each patient with outstanding, natural-looking results. At your consultation, your surgeon will listen to your desires and will decide with you which procedure will best meet your goals. A combination of procedures may also be considered in a tailored plan. The doctor will make sure that your goals and expectations are realistic and that you understand and are willing to comply with the aftercare instructions, which will play a large part in the success of the surgery.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The typical abdominoplasty recovery requires one to two weeks of care and rest. Bruising and swelling, along with some numbness, are commonly experienced. The drains will be removed within the first week following the surgery. A special garment must be worn for support for several weeks. This garment will promote proper healing of the muscles and stomach area. Patients typically experience mild to moderate discomfort that is controlled with medicine. Most tummy tuck patients return to work within five to seven days after the surgery. Strenuous exercise and any heavy lifting must be avoided for six weeks.
Tummy Tuck Consultation
The ideal time to discuss your desired goals and expectations is at your consultation with a specialized doctor at Doctors Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL. There are many options available to improve your appearance. A cosmetic surgeon will discuss your health history, share before and after photos, exam you and then make a professional recommendation that is customized just for you.
The Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidate
The ideal tummy tuck patient must be in good mental and physical health, have no significant medical issues and should have realistic surgical expectations. Men and women who desire to reduce unwanted fat and excess skin along the abdomen could benefit from the tummy tuck procedure. Individuals who are close to their desired weight and are engaging in healthy dietary and exercise choices, as well as persons who have experienced dramatic weight loss or desire to overcome pregnancy issues, may also be considered an ideal tummy tuck candidate and could anticipate outstanding results.
Tummy Tuck Cost
We have made it our mission at Doctors Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL, to make cosmetic procedures, including the tummy tuck, as affordable as possible. A professional consultation for any cosmetic surgical procedure completed at Doctors Plastic Surgery is free.
We believe that cosmetic consultations should always be free, but others in the medical community do not agree and charge clients to discuss surgical options. There is never any pressure to have a procedure completed, and we do all that we can to work with your budget to achieve your desired outcome.
We have financing packages available that provide affordable payments that fit into your budget and can keep the tummy tuck affordable.
What is an Abdominoplasty Procedure?
The abdominoplasty is a tummy tuck, which is a surgical technique that eliminates unsightly, excess skin and fat from the abdomen and restores a more youthful shape. During the tummy tuck procedure, the abdominal muscles may be tightened, and scars from a prior c-section and stretch marks from the lower abdomen may also be removed. Abdominoplasty surgery options include a full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, or a combination of procedures using liposuction and other techniques.
Am I an Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidate?
If you are healthy, close to your ideal weight and desire to improve the appearance of your stomach, you may make an excellent candidate for the tummy tuck procedure. Abdominoplasty is especially useful for individuals who have lost a lot of weight, women after pregnancy and for those who have excess stomach fat and loose skin.
What Should I Expect at the Abdominoplasty Consultation?
Your consultation appointment is complimentary. At this time, your surgeon will review your medical history and current medications and will listen to your cosmetic goals and desires. Your surgeon will explain the abdominoplasty options and answer any of your remaining questions.
Before and after photos from other abdominoplasty patients will be shown to you, which will help you to visualize your potential results. If the tummy tuck procedure is recommended for your situation, you will receive a personalized surgical plan. The exact cost of the abdominoplasty and all of the financing options will be discussed, as well.
Where is the Abdominoplasty Procedure Performed?
The Doctors Plastic Surgery facility is a beautiful building with ample parking. All of your appointments and the surgery will be completed in the same building. The surgery is usually a same-day procedure.
What Type of Anesthesia is used During a Tummy Tuck?
General anesthesia is used during this procedure.
How Long is the Abdominoplasty Surgery?
The abdominoplasty procedure is commonly completed in under two hours.
Where are the Abdominoplasty Incisions?
A tummy tuck uses a lower transverse incision that is located just above the pubic area and runs between the hipbones.
Does Abdominoplasty Result in Permanent Scarring?
Yes, the tummy tuck operation will create a thin scar along the incision, which is located above the pubic area and typically runs between the hipbones. This scar is permanent, but it is placed in a secluded area, will fade with time and is easily concealed with clothing.
Is the Tummy Tuck Painful?
You may experience several days of mild to moderate pain after your tummy tuck procedure. Your Doctors Plastic Surgery surgeon will provide you with appropriate pain medications and instructions to ensure your comfortable recovery.
How Will My Abdominoplasty Recovery Go?
The tummy tuck recovery commonly takes from one to two weeks. Initial bruising, swelling, and numbness may be experienced at the incision site. Drains inserted after the surgery are usually removed within one week. You will need to wear the provided support garment for several weeks, as well, to encourage healing.
When are Patients Released to Return to Work?
Most tummy tuck patients return to work one to two weeks after surgery.
When can I Resume Exercising, after a Tummy Tuck?
Strenuous exercise or heavy lifting must be avoided for up to six weeks following the surgery.
Does Abdominoplasty Have Risks?
All surgical procedures, including the tummy tuck, include a potential risk for complications. Risks may include delayed healing, excessive bleeding, permanent numbness, infection, unexpected scarring or infection. However, by choosing Doctors Plastic Surgery’s experienced plastic surgeons, you can dramatically reduce the chance of complications.
Is the Cost of Abdominoplasty Covered by Medical Insurance?
While you should consult with your insurance carrier, tummy tucks are generally not covered by insurance.
Are There Affordable Financial Tummy Tuck Options?
Yes, we have made it our mission at Doctors Plastic Surgery to provide affordable cosmetic procedures, including the tummy tuck. Your professional consultation for any procedure at Doctors Plastic Surgery is free, and we have payment options as well.
Contact Doctors Plastic Surgery for a Free Consultation
There are many options available to improve your appearance. Schedule your free tummy tuck consultation in Chicago, IL, today. Fill out the “Request Consultation” form or call us at 718.395.5220.