The abdominoplasty, or what is more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is an invasive procedure designed to help tighten, reshape and restore a flat, smooth abdomen. This procedure removes excess fat and skin, as well as restoring weakened or separated muscles. The stomach can lose tone and shape over the years due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, genetics, age, or previous surgeries. Those who have undergone a gastric bypass or extreme weight loss may also find they are left with large amounts of sagging skin along the waistline. Even individuals who are considered proportionate can develop a protruding abdomen or loose/sagging skin. No matter the reason, regaining a youthful figure through diet and exercise alone can be extremely difficult or near impossible. The tummy tuck from the Naderi Center can bring back a more aesthetically pleasing, slimmer overall appearance to the abdomen, as well as restoring confidence and self-esteem.
|Pain Level After Surgery||Moderate|
|Duration of Surgery||2-4 hours|
|Final Results||3-6 months|
|Return to Regular Activity||7-14 days|
|Resume Vigorous Exercise||4-6 weeks|
|Price Range (not including anesthesia/ hospital fee)||$8,000 – $10,000|
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Abdominoplasty at the Naderi Center
Dr. Erica Anderson, The Naderi Center’s Breast and Body specialist is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Anderson only performs procedures below the neck, making her a true body expert. Dr. Anderson offers patients the latest options in body sculpting procedures, including the tummy tuck. By getting to know the unique expectations of each patient, Dr. Anderson can tailor the abdominoplasty procedure for the best surgical outcome. A trusting patient/surgeon relationship is key in obtaining the desired results. Dr. Anderson brings years of abdominoplasty experience and extensive technical skills to each procedure. She is known for having the shortest scar possible, as well as using the most innovative technique called “quilting” or “progressive tension suturing.” Dr. Anderson’s surgical techniques minimize the chance that a patient will leave the operating room after an abdominoplasty with a surgical drain. Dr. Anderson does a meticulous umbilical or belly button recreation with puckering and hooding to make sure that the belly button looks natural. One of the common reasons patients are displeased with their tummy tuck is that even through they have achieved a flat abdomen, they are left with rolls or what is commonly referred to as the “muffin top” on their back side. One main reason for the “muffin top” after surgery is that the surgeon did not take the time to combine liposuction to the flanks or backside when the performing the abdominoplasty. Dr. Anderson commonly and routinely combines liposuction to the flanks with her abdominoplasty to ensure that the patient has both a flat abdomen as well as nicely sculpted flank region. Dr. Anderson also commonly performs many revision tummy tuck surgeries on patients that were not pleased with the results they achieved with other plastic surgeons.
A tummy tuck can be performed on its own, providing excellent results. For optimal aesthetic benefits, the abdominoplasty can also be paired with any body shaping procedure, such as liposuction or a breast lift. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will explain all of the options to achieve desired results.
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Am I a candidate for Abdominoplasty surgery?
An ideal candidate for a tummy tuck will be in good health, be at a stable weight, and hold reasonable expectations for their results. Patients should be nonsmokers, and fully understand the tummy tuck procedure, as well as the recovery requirements. Patients with certain medical conditions, taking blood thinners, or other medications that may halt the healing process, should postpone their abdominoplasty procedure until all medical conditions are optimized.
Top Reasons to Undergo a Tummy Tuck:
- Excess skin and loose fat below the belly button
- Abdominal muscles and skin stretched and sagging post pregnancy
- Excess skin hanging around the belly after significant weight loss
- Unable to achieve a flat, firm and nicely contoured abdomen despite proper diet and exercise
- Despite being in great physical shape you have always had a “belly”
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Benefits Of Having A Tummy Tuck
- Tighten the stomach muscles that have been weakened over time, commonly seen with pregnancy
- Improved overall self-confidence and self image
- Clothing and swimwear looks nicer and more fitted
- Get rid of the stubborn fat and loose skin that is resistant to exercise and diet
What Tummy Tuck Surgery CAN NOT Do
Although, the results of an abdominoplasty are technically permanent, the outcome can be greatly diminished by significant weight gain, weight loss or future pregnancies. If pregnancy or anticipated significant weight gain or loss is expected in the near future, it is best to postpone a tummy tuck procedure. This procedure will not correct stretch marks, unless they are in the skin that is being removed. A tummy tuck cannot help you lose weight or prevent future weight gain. The best candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good health overall and enjoy a stable weight.
The Abdominoplasty Consultation
Men and women who are interested in the abdominoplasty technique should begin the process by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with our Board Certified body plastic surgeon, Dr. Anderson. This appointment will provide a time to get to know the surgeon, as well as to learn about the tummy tuck in detail. Dr. Anderson will review the patient’s medical history and perform a physical exam of the abdomen. During this appointment, Dr. Anderson will carefully listen to the candidate’s aesthetic desires. To assist in visualizing the potential results, she will then show before/after photographs of her most recent abdominoplasty patients. She will clearly discuss the potential risks of the procedure and outline in detail how the surgery is performed. After answering any remaining questions, Dr. Anderson can assist in determining if the tummy tuck is right for the individual patient’s situation.
Once the abdominoplasty has been decided upon, Dr. Anderson will create a personalized surgical plan. She will explain the pre/post-surgical instructions, as well as what to expect from the recovery period. During this time, the exact cost of the tummy tuck will be established, and all payment options will be explained.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure with Top Plastic Surgeon Dr. Erica Anderson
Dr. Anderson’s abdominoplasty will be performed at an accredited outpatient surgical center. The surgery will generally take from two and four hours, depending on the extent of correction required. The procedure is performed using general anesthesia, and in some cases may involve an overnight hospital stay for maximum comfort.
To start the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Anderson will create a lower transverse incision, immediately above the pubic area, running from hipbone to hipbone. From here, she will excise unwanted skin and fatty tissues. Next, she may use the liposuction technique to further sculpt the abdomen. Dr. Anderson performs liposuction one inch deeper than the skin so that patient’s do not have any lumps and bumps and the skin is smooth. Dr. Anderson will then tighten the remaining muscles, and pull the skin taut, before placing sutures for proper healing. Dr. Anderson uses an innovative technique called, “quilting” which minimizes the chance that the patient will need a drain post-procedure. Finally Dr. Anderson will create a natural and beautiful belly button.
There are a number of variations on the tummy tuck surgery and Dr. Anderson is expert at guiding patients towards which type of surgery is most ideal for them.
What are the different types of tummy tuck techniques and scars?
A complete or full abdominoplasty removes excess tissue, and reconstructs the abdominal wall. The full abdominoplasty is the chosen technique for patients who have gone through pregnancy or experienced a dramatic fluctuation in weight.
A mini-abdominoplasty or short scar abdominoplasty is a less extensive surgery that involves removing only the stretched skin from below the belly button area. A mini-abdominoplasty will also tighten the lower abdominal muscles. The mini-abdominoplasty is best suited for those patients seeking minimal correction below their belly button, but still looking to achieve a slimmer lower abdomen. The resulting scar from a mini-tummy tuck is a thin, horizontal line that is typically just a few inches long. If you are looking for a less involved procedure, with a shorter scar and faster recovery, the mini-tummy tuck will be the best option for you.
An extended abdominoplasty is where excess skin and tissue is also removed from the patient’s sides/flank area. Liposuction is also commonly used to achieve ideal body contoured. The incision spans the entire length of the abdomen and extends to the back of the hips. Patient’s having excess muscle laxity in the hips and flank region can benefit from an extended tummy tuck.
A circumferential abdominoplasty or body lift is more extensive than a standard tummy tuck. Patients who have lost a great deal of weight, that now have loose, overhanging skin around their entire body are ideal candidates for a circumferential tummy tuck. The incision extends around the entire waistline, through which he or she removes excess skin and fat and tightens the muscles.
Revision abdominoplasty– Dr. Anderson sees many patients who have had previous tummy tuck surgery performed elsewhere with unsatisfied results. Patients who have had a tummy tuck, but are still experiencing excess fat from insufficient liposuction, a poor shaped belly button, untreated diastasis, unattractive scar line or placement are great candidates for a revision tummy tuck.
Natural Umbilical Reconstruction
The umbilicus or the “belly button” is one of the topics which needs to be highlighted during discussion of tummy tuck surgery. In extended tummy tucks or full tummy tucks the surgeon will need to recreate the belly button. Dr. Anderson is known for her meticulous umbilical recreation using the puckering and hooding technique to make sure the belly button looks natural and realistic.
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Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery
At the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will provide detailed pre and post op abdominoplasty instructions. If any questions arise, patients should contact the office immediately. To ensure a smooth and successful recovery period, the following should be kept in mind:
- It is the patients’ responsibility to make sure all necessary labs, blood testing, doctor’s visits, and medal clearances are completed.
- Arrange for a ride home from the hospital or surgery center; you will not be allowed to drive.
- Pick up any medications before the day of your tummy tuck; some may need to be started right away.
- Consider scheduling a friend or family member to stop by each day, helping you with light chores or errands.
- Recovery supplies such as extra pillows, reading materials, movies, and ice packs will make the first several day more comfortable.
- For several days, patients will be on a soft diet. Have a variety of items on hand.
- Important phone numbers should be within easy reach for emergencies.
- Take the recommended time off work to heal. (typically 1 week)
- Stop smoking and limit your exposure to second-hand smoke. (Nicotine interferes with healthy circulation and may affect the results of your surgery)
- Schedule all follow-up appointments with Dr. Anderson and do not miss them, no matter how good you feel.
- Surgery will need to be canceled if there is any chance that you are pregnant.
- Be excited; fabulous results are on their way!
Potential Risks and Complication after Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Anderson has years of experience with the abdominoplasty procedure. She utilizes today’s most cutting-edge techniques to provide ideal results. When patients choose a skilled provider, such as Dr. Anderson, the abdominoplasty is considered a rewarding procedure.
The tummy tuck is an invasive procedure, meaning there is always a small risk for complications to occur, even with the most meticulous surgeon. Risks from the procedure, although rare, include anesthesia risks, excess bleeding, infection, scarring, and nerve damage. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will review all of the potential abdominoplasty complications.
Recovery after a Tummy Tuck
The abdominoplasty recovery period will take from seven to fourteen days. Most people are feeling well enough to return to work in about a week, although vigorous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for up to four weeks.
At first, patients will note bruising and swelling; these will resolve over the following two to three weeks. It is normal to have an itching sensation and/or numbness around your incision sites. You may not be able to stand straight up for the first week, this is normal. By the second week you will gradually notice that you are able to stand more upright. Moderate pain is not uncommon. Dr. Anderson will prescribe necessary medication for a comfortable recovery. A compression garment will need to be worn for the next several weeks, as well. This will assist in keeping the swelling to minimum and will promote proper healing.
Some benefits of the abdominoplasty will be noticeable immediately. However, full results from a tummy tuck will take from four to six months to appear. As the swelling slowly resolves, and the healing process progresses, the tummy tuck’s complete benefits can be appreciated.
Tummy Tuck Scar
Dr. Anderson will create a low transverse incision, immediately above the pubic area, running from hipbone to hipbone. Proper care is crucial to help heal and reduce the appearance of your tummy tuck scar.
Some tips to help with scar healing include:
- Keep the bandages/dressings on as long as recommended.
- Always avoid tension on the operated area for as long as possible.
- Avoid and minimize sun exposure. The sun leads to scarring and delays wound healing.
- Scar creams containing silicone as well as brown medical grade tape can speed up the healing process and help fade scars.
- Patience, the fading of any scar takes time. If you are not seeing a gradual fade over time, we can discuss other treatments such as microneedling or laser treatments.
Non-Invasive Options to a flatter abdomen
If you are 30-40 pounds overweight with clear stomach rolls and lose skin, most likely non-invasive treatment options will not give you the dramatic results that most patients hope to achieve with a tummy tuck. Liposuction will remove the fat, but will not remove the lose skin, and tighten the stomach muscles. Sometimes if there is a minimal amount of abdominal fat and mainly loose skin beneath the belly button, a “mini-abdominoplasty” will provide great surgical results. If the patient has a stretched out belly button, or loose or wrinkled skin above the belly button more invasive surgical options need to be sought. Non-invasive fat melting and skin tightening procedures such as Cool Sculpting or Ultherapy or SkinTyte are great options for specfic patient populations. Cool sculpting is a non-invasive procedure where fat cells are destroyed through freezing the tissue. Ultherapy will help tighten small amount of sagging skin by building collagen in the treated areas. Our surgeons can better advise you on whether non-invasive treatments will provide you with satisfactory results and avoid having to perform surgery.
What is a “mommy makeover?”
The joys of having children unfortunately sometimes leave behind undesired changes in the female body. Loose skin, excess weight gain, sagging and loose breast tissue and stretch marks. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures, which usually involve improvements to the breasts as well as the abdomen. After childbirth and breast-feeding, many women experience deflated breast volume and sagging breasts. Breast lift with or without implant or fat grafting augmentation can help rejuvenate the breasts to their pre-pregnancy appearance. Liposuction to the abdomen and flanks can help contour a nice hour-glass and shapely waistline to complement the results of the abdominoplasty. Our surgeon is expert at advising patients on what combination of procedures can help you achieve a more attractive and youthful figure.
Your Abdominoplasty Consultation with Top Plastic Surgeon Dr. Erica Anderson
If you are still considering the benefits of an abdominoplasty, schedule a consultation with Top Plastic Surgeon and Abdominoplasty Specialists Dr. Erica Anderson at the Naderi Center. Speak with a patient coordinator in Herndon, Virginia at 703.481.0002 or in Chevy Chase, Maryland at 301.222.2020. For anyone outside of the immediate Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. area, virtual consultations with Dr. Anderson can also be arranged.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Patients travel in from all over the world to come to The Naderi Center so that they may have one or more procedures performed by ultra-specialists in cosmetic surgery. Many of our patients have one or more cosmetic surgery procedures performed in one operating room by different surgeons who specialize in the specific areas where the patient is seeking improvement. The most commonly performed procedures with a tummy tuck include liposuction, breast augmentation and breast lift.
An abdominal hernia is an area of the abdominal muscle has become week and protrudes outward most commonly noted when bearing down or performing a valsalva maneuver. An abdominal hernia can be corrected in conjunction with an abdominoplasty. Depending on the complexity of the hernia and repair needed, Dr. Anderson may perform the hernia repair herself or refer you to a general surgeon who specializes in hernia surgery.
The surgeon’s fee for abdominoplasty ranges between $6,500 – $10,000. This does not include the hospital fees or anesthesia, as this will vary depending on every patient.
How long will I need to be away from work, after my tummy tuck procedure?
Patients generally feel well enough to return to work in five to seven days after their abdominoplasty procedure, as long as their job does not require heavy lifting.
When is it safe to resume exercise after a tummy tuck?
Patients should wait for at least four to six weeks, after their tummy tuck, before undertaking any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. This period of rest allows for full recovery and healing of incisions made during the abdominoplasty procedure.
How soon after a C- section can I have my Tummy Tuck?
We recommend waiting at least 6 months post C-section. This allows the body to go back to its normal state. With more skin being removed, this could move your C-section scar below your bikini line.
How does Dr. Anderson prevent “dog ears” from forming?
Dr. Anderson revises many other surgeons work (and scars) when patients are unhappy. “Dog ears” are when puckering of the skin becomes apparent at the end of a scar. Dr. Anderson’s incision closure techniques help to minimize the potential for “dog ears” to form.
What if I want to get pregnant after my tummy tuck?
Pregnancy may cause loose skin, stretch marks or weight gain that can affect the results of a tummy tuck procedure. However, women who gain a modest amount of weight with pregnancy are more likely to return to their pre-pregnancy figure after their delivery. In most cases we recommend waiting until patient are done with child bearing before proceeding with an abdominoplasty.
What are possible risks of a tummy tuck?
While problems associated with a tummy tuck are rare, especially when performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Anderson, there is still the small chance for complications. These can include bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, and permanent numbness in the surgical area. Dr. Anderson will discuss these risks further during your consultation appointment.
Does a tummy tuck help with stretch marks?
If the area of skin that is to be removed with the tummy tuck procedure has stretch marks, then patients will experience diminished stretch marks after an abdominoplasty. Most often times as the skin is pulled down many of the strecth marks may be relocated to the pubic area and thus easier to hide with undergarments.
What will my belly button look like after an abdominoplasty.
Most often times during an abdominoplasty the location of the belly button needs to be changed. Dr. Anderson performs a meticulous umbilical recreation with puckering and hooding to make sure the belly button looks as natural as possible.
How long should I wait to get a tummy tuck after pregnancy?
We recommend that patients ideally wait 6 months after pregnancy for a tummy tuck. After about six moths the body’s physiology as well as hormone levels have returned to their pre-pregnancy status. Additionally, at around six months most patients have lost most of their “baby weight” and have reached a stable weight. Additionally, caring for a newborn baby can be exhausting and cause lack of sleep, which would also not be good for one’s recovery. Women whom are breast-feeding may want to wait until they are done with breast feeding to puruse surgery. We invite patients to come in for a consultation at any time if only to gain information and guidance on when is the best time for them to have surgery.