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.

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

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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 #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 #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 #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 #179

This is a 34- year old patient who went through a massive weight loss. She had lost 240lbs through diet and exercise and was left with excess skin all over her body. Dr. Prada performed a body lift, abdominoplasty, Brachioplasty, thigh lift, breast lift, and breast augmentation.  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
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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 #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

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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