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
"Tummy Looks As Good As Before 4 Babies! - Dr. Ehret performed my tummy tuck a few months ago and I couldn't be more pleased with the results! I have 4 children (including twins) and a very small frame. Needless to say, my skin was very stretched out and my abdominal muscles were detached. Now I have a very flat belly and visible stomach muscles! He was an exceptional communicator and never seemed too rushed to answer all of my questions. Dr. Ehret is professional and an excellent physician."- J.W. / RealSelf / May 29, 2020
"Dr Ehret is a kind, caring and excellent doctor. He made sure I understood all aspects of the surgery and what to expect.I had My Full Tummy Tuck Procedure with him and that was the best decision I ever made and chose Dr.Ehret my Plastic Surgeon.I plan to have another procedure in the future and Dr Ehret will always be my choice! A big thanks to Dr.Ehret and his team.❤️"- R.P. / Google / Feb 08, 2021
"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
"I chose Dr. Ehret based off of reviews, and I'm so glad that I did! Being almost 50, and having lost over 70 pounds, I realized the elasticity of my skin wasn't what it used to be. From the consultation, to scheduling with Leslie Johnson, everyone was very informative, empathetic, encouraging, professional and simply, well, kind and caring. I finally decided on both lipo w/tummy tuck and a lift w/implants. On the day of surgery, I was simply impressed with every medical professional that I encountered at the Surgery Centre. Every single person exemplified the same characteristics that Dr. Ehret and the rest of his team. (My caretaker picking me up was just as impressed with everyone there as well, to the point that she told her own daughter that was where she needed to go for her mommy makeover!!!) Dr. Ehret even phoned personally that evening to follow up with how I was doing! I was really dreading going anywhere the next day, but I was heading back for my hyperbaric chamber visit. Lindsay was so kind, gentle, caring, understanding and sweet. She just encouraged me to take my time, helping me the whole way, and she was so patient. I do have to admit, I dreaded going in, but felt so much better after an hour in the chamber. Less pain, more alert, increased mobility. Lindsay is close to a saint though, I was being a bit of a baby, lol. I did a total of 3 hyperbaric chamber sessions, and highly recommend them to anyone having any cosmetic work! My drainage tubes have been removed, I am 3 weeks out from my procedure and even with my incisions still healing, and compression garments still being worn 24/7, I am so thrilled that I made the decision to entrust such a talented surgeon and gracious team to help me with the final step in getting back to being 1000% happy with my body! I feel so lucky to experienced such an incredible group of professionals. Will recommend them to anyone and everyone that I know!!!!!!!!"- Anonymous / RealSelf / Feb 15, 2020
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.