Tummy Tuck

Muscle laxity or excess skin on the abdomen can often result in the appearance of a “pooch.” When the muscles and skin have been severely stretched, no fitness program will repair the damage. That’s where abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, can help. At St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons perform tummy tuck surgery to help Missouri and Illinois patients rejuvenate their abdominal areas. This procedure repairs the core muscles and removes extra abdominal skin for a flatter, firmer abdomen.

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

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Case #81

Dr. William Huffaker performed a tummy tuck and liposuction on this woman's abdomen to give her a better countour. 
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Case #31

31 year old African American "Mommy Makever." Patient had an ellipse mastopexy, silicone breast implants, an extended tummy tuck, and liposuction of the abdomen, lower back, hips, flanks, and inner thighs.
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Case #98

This woman came to Dr. Huffaker for tummy tuck surgery to improve the appearance of her abdomen. Dr. Huffaker gave her a flat, trim tummy and she looks great!
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Case #88

This woman came to St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery seeking a tummy tuck to reduce the size of her stomach, tighten muscle laxity and change the overall shape of her abdomen. Dr. Charles Nathan performed a tummy tuck surgery on her, and the difference is incredible! Read More
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Case #77

45 year old woman with extended tummy tuck, body lift, and liposuction of inner and outer thighs.
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Case #86

In order to correct sagging skin and muscle laxity, this woman elected to have a tummy tuck procedure performed by Dr. Charles Nathan. Her results are beautiful -- she loves her new silhouette!
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 48 year old woman with extended abdominoplasty, liposuction of hips and upper back. 
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Tummy Tuck Case #102

This woman came to our practice seeking tummy tuck surgery to reshape her distended abdomen. Dr. Lund performed a tummy tuck proccedure and gave her a whole new silhouette. 
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Case #87

Dr. Charles Nathan performed a tummy tuck on this woman to tighten her abdominal muscles and change the shape of her stomach area. 
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Case #33

This 37-year-old patient underwent Mommy Makeover surgery which included an extended abdominoplasty, breast lift, and silicone breast implants here at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery. In her after photos, you can see that her abdomen appears tighter and her breasts have youthful, perky volume.  Read More

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

Good Tummy Tuck Candidates

A tummy tuck is most often performed after pregnancy or weight loss. Unlike liposuction, which only removes unwanted fat, abdominoplasty is designed to tighten the muscle walls of the torso and remove excess skin. Sometimes, our surgeons use liposuction during a tummy tuck to remove additional fat and ensure smooth, contoured results.

Many women who have had children choose a popular combination procedure called a mommy makeover, which may include breast enhancement in addition to a tummy tuck.

What Are the Different Types of Tummy Tuck?

At St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, our physicians customize abdominoplasty procedures depending on the needs of each patient. We offer the following different types of tummy tuck:

  • Full tummy tuck: This is the most common form of the surgery and is appropriate for most patients. It involves a horizontal incision stretching across the lower abdomen from hip to hip, as well as another incision around the belly button. These incisions enable the surgeon to repair and tighten abdominal muscles, remove excess skin, and incorporate liposuction of the abdominal area. The belly button is repositioned and reconstructed in an aesthetically pleasing way.
  • Mini tummy tuck: The goal of a mini tummy tuck here in Louis is the same as a full tummy tuck — creating a flatter, tighter abdomen. The main difference is that a mini tummy tuck involves a single incision just above the pubic area that is not usually as long as in a full tummy tuck. Only excess skin below the belly button is removed, and the ability to repair abdominal muscles damaged during pregnancy is limited. This option is appropriate for people who are concerned with bulging and excess skin only below the belly button, and it usually includes a shorter, more comfortable recovery.
  • Extended tummy tuck: Patients who have excess skin and fat on the flanks (sometimes called “love handles”) sometimes need a longer incision to address those concerns. This is called an extended tummy tuck, and it generally requires a more involved recovery period. This option is most common after major weight loss.

Our surgeons usually perform tummy tuck surgery with the aid of general anesthesia, although a local anesthetic with sedation is sometimes an option.

Your Tummy Tuck Recovery

The amount of downtime varies between individuals, but usually a 2-week recovery is required. Men and women who work in physically demanding jobs may need 3 to 4 weeks of downtime for complete recovery. Many people experience a feeling of tightness in the abdomen, as well as some swelling. For this reason, light walking is typically recommended after surgery. Pain medication may be used to alleviate discomfort.

Your Tummy Tuck Results

Your tummy tuck results should appear within about a month. You will enjoy a tighter, flatter midsection with improved muscle tone and contour. In some cases, abdominoplasty may be able to improve the look of stretch marks.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons work closely with each patient to create satisfying results that they can be proud of. Request a consultation online or call (636) 530-6161 to set up an evaluation and learn more.

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