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 and board-eligible 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.

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

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Case #152

30-year-old patient who came in desiring an abdominoplasty. She is unhappy with the excess skin and stretch marks on her abdomen after having three children. Even with working out, there were no changes in the appearance of her abdomen. She came to Dr. Prada for help. 
He performed an extended abdominoplasty and this patient couldn't... Read More
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Case #139

This 35-year-old patient came in desiring a tummy tuck procedure. She was unhappy with the fullness in her abdomen. Even with working out and eating healthy her abdomen appearance was not changing. This patient also had an umbilical hernia that needed to be addressed. Dr. Nathan performed an extended abdominoplasty with a hernia repair... Read More
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Case #256

3 years post- Mommy Makeover This is a 29-year-old patient who was interested in having a mommy makeover after having her three children. She was interested in a tummy tuck and a reaugmentation. She previously had saline implants done by another office and was unhappy with the rippling and asymmetry. She was also unhappy with the laxity... Read More
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Case #189

6 months- Post-Abdominoplasty This is a 62-year-old patient who was unhappy with the loose skin and stretch marks on her abdomen. She also desired more perky and upright breasts. Dr. Nathan performed an abdominoplasty along with a breast lift, and she is thrilled with her results.  Read More
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Case #147

This 47-year-old patient had gone through significant weight loss. Through diet and exercise, she lost 60+ lbs. With the weight loss, she was left with loose, lax skin tissue. Dr. Lund performed an abdominoplasty procedure along with liposuction of her abdomen, flanks, and upper back. This patient is extremely happy and states this procedure has... Read More
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Case #191

This is a 42-year-old patient who came in seeking an abdominoplasty. She was unhappy with the fullness of her abdomen and the stretch marks on her abdomen. Dr. Lund performed a full extended abdominoplasty, and she is thrilled to death with her results.  Read More
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Case #204

One Month- Post-Tummy Tuck This is a 46- year old mother of four children. She came in seeking an abdominoplasty to address the excess skin on her abdomen. Dr. Prada performed an extended abdominoplasty. This patient is thrilled with her results, and she is healing beautifully. Read More
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Case #185

1 Year post Abdominoplasty and Breast lift with augmentation!
-This is a 36-year-old mother of two, who had significant weight gain and then lost over 40 pounds through diet and exercise. She was left with loose and sagging skin which she wanted to be addressed with an abdominoplasty. She also desired a breast lift and augmentationDr.... 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 and board-eligible 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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