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 #126

Today we are featuring a 31-year old patient who had an extended abdominoplasty procedure. After having two children, this patient was left with redundant skin in the abdomen, stretch marks and an abdominal pannus. Dr. Prada performed and extended abdominoplasty with no muscle plication for this patient and she very happy with her results.  Read More
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Case #118

-9 months post operation-This 20-year-old patient came in unhappy about the loose skin in her abdomen and flank region after working extremely hard and losing 90lbs. Dr. Nathan was happy to help this patient. He performed an extended abdominoplasty and lower body lift.This was truly a life-changing procedure for this young woman and... 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 #117

-Two months post Extensive Abdominoplasty and Liposuction Procedure -This 27-year-old patient came into our office to correct the changes that have occurred in her abdominal and flank regions after bearing a child. Her abdomen is now flat and she couldn't be happier. Read More
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Case #133

This 37-year-old patient came in unhappy with the loose skin on her abdomen and her small breasts. She desried a conservative augmentation. She wanted to be a moderate 'C cup', and before surgery, she was an 'A cup'.Dr. Nathan performed an extended abdominoplasty and a breast augmentation for this patient. She is very pleased with her results.  Read More
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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 preformed an extended abdominoplasty and this patient couldn't... Read More
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Case #135

-7 Months Post Abdominoplasty Procedure-This 57-year-old patient came in desiring an abdominoplasty. After having children, this patient was left with loose and overhanging skin in her abdomen region. Even with exercise, she couldn't get rid of the loose hanging skin. She desired to have her stretch marks and upper abdomen fullness corrected. Dr.... Read More
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Case #122

This 42-year-old patient was left with loose and sagging skin on her stomach after losing 30 pounds. After staying on a consistent diet and working out, the skin laxity was not improving. This patient desired lifted breasts, and the loose and sagging skin on her abdomen to be addressed.This patient is in love with her results. She is now able... 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 #151

This 38-year-old female came to our office interested in having a mommy makeover. Unhappy with the excess and laxity of the skin on her abdomen, and the droopy appearance of her breasts, she came to Dr. Prada for help.This patient is nine months post abdominoplasty with liposuction. Dr. Prada also preformed a augmentation mammoplasty and used... Read More
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Case #93

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Case #156

After an extensive weight loss, this patient came in desiring a body contouring procedure. This patient had lost 230 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery and was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen. Dr. Nathan preformed a circumferential lower body lift to give this patient what she desired. This patient is extremely happy... Read More
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Case #157

This is a 41-year-old patient who came in seeking a tummy tuck. After having children, this patient was unhappy with the laxity in her abdomen. Dr. Nathan performed a full extended abdominoplasty and she is extremely happy with her results. Read More
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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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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 #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 #9

 48 year old woman with extended abdominoplasty, liposuction of hips and upper back. 
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Case #146

This is a 38-year old patient who had an abdominoplasty done by Dr. Lund, along with a hernia repair performed by an outside doctor in 2017. After having her third child, her body did not bounce back as she expected. Even with working out and the right diet, nothing was helping her abdomen’s appearance. She came to Dr. Lund for help.Dr. Lund... Read More
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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 #77

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

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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