ABOUT TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
Sagging skin and unwanted fat surrounding the abdomen can often pose a challenge and be frustrating to deal with, especially when your attempts to reduce it have fallen short. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common events that can lead to loose, hanging abdominal skin. An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the stomach area, producing youthful-looking results for patients. Our experienced team of plastic surgeons in Tacoma, WA perform abdominoplasty, which is specially tailored to each patient, depending on the amount of excess skin and fat present. This popular surgery at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa allows individuals the chance to have a slimmer, tighter tummy and restored confidence. If you're interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery and how it could benefit you, give our office a call and speak to a member of our knowledgeable team.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr. Ehret performed my tummy tuck, lipo, and breast lift (mommy makeover), and I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. He was very thorough and willing to answer all of my questions. He was extremely professional and made me feel very much at ease. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to make improvements."- S.K. / Google / Mar 30, 2021
"Amazing doctor and staff! Coming back to Dr. Ehrets office for another surgery was a no-brainer - I saw Dr. Ehret over 10 years ago for breast augmentation and returned in May 2021 for a tummy tuck. I have had such great compliments on my breast from even other providers that I knew coming back to Dr. Ehrets office for another surgery was a no-brainer! Leslie helped me from beginning to surgery day and I couldn't be more thankful.I was able to email with her from FMLA paperwork down to recovery questions. From the front staff, to his MA and the surgery team, my experience couldn't have been better! Everyone is super knowledgeable and willing to help. Would definitely recommend Dr. Ehret and his team over and over again!"- R. / RealSelf / Jul 01, 2021
"Dr. Ehret is amazing!!! After having 3 children, I wanted to get a tummy tuck, replace my old implants (12 years old) and also get a breast lift. I came to see Dr. Ehret and I'm so glad I did. I had my surgery in November 2021 and so far the recovery has been great.. everything looks great just after 1 month! Dr. Ehret and his staff are very accommodating. I would recommend Dr. Ehret a 100x to anyone that is looking for any body cosmetic surgery. "- K. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2021
"The surgery was a breeze - mad I didn’t do it 10 years ago - Dr. Ehret and his staff were absolutely amazing!! I saw him for a tummy tuck and lipo on my inner thighs. I ended up having to cancel my surgery date due to a death in the family and they were great at rescheduling me and getting me back on the books. As for the surgery itself… A BREEZE! I’m so mad I didn’t do it 10 yrs ago!! It was a super easy recovery with hardly any pain. My scar is already healed and looks great at 3 weeks. I would do this again in a heartbeat. If you’ve thought about a tummy tuck at all I’d say DO IT! And definitely set a consultation with Dr. Ehret… you’ll be happy you did!"- K. / RealSelf / Jun 06, 2022
"Dr. Ehret gave me the flat stomach I've always wanted. I had a tummy tuck in April 2022 and love my new image! After major abdominal surgery and two beautiful children my stomach was stretched beyond repair through diet and exercise. The whole process from the initial consultation to follow up was a breeze. Best of all, there was no pressure! The staff in the office and OR are exceptional as well. I did have a small issue arise after my procedure and the on call service promptly got me in touch with Dr. Ehret. He kindly took my call on a weekend and saw me the next business day. My only regret to this whole process was I didn't get more than a tummy tuck. On a side note, the medical spa at The Aesthetic Surgery Centre is also top notch. I always feel the services are high quality and I'm always pleased with my results."- M. / Google / Aug 09, 2022
Abdominoplasty can be a wonderful solution for both women and men. If you often feel frustrated with sagging skin and unwanted fat in your lower abdomen, this cosmetic surgery can help you regain a tighter and slimmer silhouette. The surgery can be particularly helpful to women who have had multiple pregnancies, and as a result, stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. We suggest patients considering this operation to be at a stable weight prior to surgery. This is because abdominoplasty is not a procedure intended to help you lose weight — it only removes loose skin. Liposuction is usually implemented during surgery to eliminate fat, but these pockets of fat are typically small. If your lower stomach has healthy skin tautness, but you are still unhappy with the appearance of your midsection despite your attempts to firm and tone, we may recommend liposuction along with your tummy tuck. Women considering this treatment should be past their planned pregnancies to ensure that their surgical outcomes are not affected.
Body contouring of the abdomen is performed with general anesthesia and typically takes around 3 – 4 hours. There are numerous techniques that can be used with this surgery because each individual procedure is unique to the patient's specific goals. Your incision size is chosen based on the amount of excess skin present on your abdomen. Some patients with excessively lax skin may require a full tummy tuck. A full or extended tummy tuck places the incision from hip bone to hip bone, just above the pubic region. On the other hand, patients with minimal skin looseness may be better suited for a mini tummy tuck. Those who receive a mini tummy tuck will still benefit from skin tightening but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the type, all tummy tuck procedures at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa involve the removal of sagging skin and fat removal.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Following this procedure, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling. Our nursing staff will teach you the simple care needed for your drains and incisions. Most patients can go home on the day of their surgery. Walking upright will be a bit painful at first so you should rest for a few days. Moving about becomes easier once the tightness subsides and the incisions begin to heal. Most patients can resume everyday functions after about two weeks. Exercise can resume later, either after six weeks or when you are cleared by your surgeon. The abdominal area will feel tight and uncomfortable for some time, but you will start to look and feel normal again after your recovery is complete.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will develop your unique abdominoplasty treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. We will be better able to estimate your costs when the type of tummy tuck has been selected, including what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping patients secure low-interest financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. During your consultation, your surgeon will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. From there, we can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to correct issues with the upper and lower abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only want to address issues below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, hips, and upper thighs.
What will my scars look like?
Surgical incisions for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, our surgeons make the smallest incisions possible to limit scars. They will also make incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your stitches heal flat and blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. We recommend patients to be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before they consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients often add another surgery with a tummy tuck to give them more dramatic improvements. During your consultation, discuss your concerns with your surgeon so a unique treatment plan can be developed that addresses all of your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift, or several areas for body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you could also be a good candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.
ACHIEVE A TIGHTER TUMMY
Many factors can lead to a stretched out abdominal area, which creates hanging folds of skin. We know that this can be an especially troubling problem to have. Thankfully, abdominoplasty helps patients overcome these difficulties. If you are embarrassed by the hanging skin on your abdomen, regardless of how minimal or severe, abdominoplasty performed by our skilled team of plastic surgeons can help you achieve the look you desire. Please contact Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa in Tacoma, WA to learn more.