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Tummy Tucks: What to Know About Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tucks: What to Know About Abdominoplasty

Types of Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, improves the look of your stomach and love handles (flanks) by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the muscles. A full abdominoplasty removes excess fat or sagging skin from above and below your belly button then pulls the remaining skin and muscles tight, making your abdomen flat while creating a new opening and position for your belly button. If the patient only needs the skin below the belly button tightened then a partial tummy tuck may be an option. During a partial tummy tuck, the surgeon will not have to reposition the belly button and there will be less incisions which means less down time afterward.

Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tucks

A good candidate for a tummy tuck fits into the following categories:

  • A person who is physically healthy and at a healthy, consistent weight
  • A person who is bothered by the appearance of their stomach
  • A non-smoker
  • A person with stubborn belly fat and loose skin that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise
  • Healthy women who do not plan to have more children and may have stretch marks and loose skin in the abdominal area they want to get rid of


The downtime for a tummy tuck can be quite long compared to other surgeries due to being such an intricate procedure. Plan on a minimum of two weeks, possibly three to four weeks. Your surgeon will give you strict guidelines that will help you recover the best. After the swelling subsides in a few weeks, you will see results. The results of a tummy tuck should last years as long as you maintain a healthy weight.

Wrapping It Up

A tummy tuck is a major surgery but has lasting, noticeable results. Any questions you may have can be answered during your consultation. Since tummy tucks are often considered a cosmetic surgery, they aren’t typically covered by insurance so your surgeon can go over payment options and cost during your consultation as well. The average cost is between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of tummy tuck, surgeon’s costs and cost of the operating room. This surgery is an investment and can be life changing so taking it seriously is important to the success of your tummy tuck results.