Tummy Tuck Overview
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery that creates a tighter, toned abdomen. During this procedure, Dr. Butterfield removes excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen, and then pulls the internal tissues tight. This creates a slimmer stomach and an enhanced physical appearance for patients. Abdominoplasty is a popular surgery among women following pregnancy, as well as both men and women after weight loss. Using the most advanced techniques, Dr. Butterfield customizes this surgery based on the aesthetic goals of each patient in order to create beautiful, lasting results.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I am a post bariatric patient and had Abdominoplasty in June 2013, I first met Dr. Butterfield at a support group meeting for post bariatric surgery patients. Several of the patients had procedures performed by her and recommended her highly. I was impressed with her down to earth demeanor and very relaxed attitude. I personally have no complaints in regards to her bedside manner and all of her staff has been courteous. I was impressed with the how detailed she was in explaining the procedure and post recovery issues. She also was detailed in explaining risks and complications of the procedure. Her physicians assistant, Kristin Smith was also great too. I saw her in the hospital and for a follow-up visit. I was also impressed that I never once felt pressured to buy post recovery products such as scar creams and compression wear they were only recommendation. I was even asked if there was a suitable alternative to such products (this was due to cost) and was pleasantly surprised when we discussed less expensive option that may not obtain perfect result but will still help with the healing process. I even had a minor issue with my incision and was able to get into see her within 48 hours., though I did not end up needing the appt. and cancelled. I VERY highly recommend Dr. Butterfield and plan on having other procedures performed by her because she is just the amazing."- K.H. / Vitals / Aug 22, 2013
"I am a post Bariatric surgery patient. Dr. Butterfield performed my Abdominoplasty surgery in June of 2013. She is amazing and made me feel very confident in her abilities as a surgeon. She explained the procedure in detail and made sure I understood the all the details of post surgery recovery, plus and possible risks and complications. I also was very pleased with her Physicians Assistant Kristin Smith who I had also seen for a post surgery appointment. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they do not push products on you like scar creams and post surgery compression wear. They discussed alternatives that were less expensive that can be found elsewhere that may not obtain perfect results but obtain a better result than nothing at all. I highly recommend Dr. Butterfield and will most definitely see her for any further cosmetic procedures in the future."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 22, 2013
"Dr. Butterfield was a caring, thorough professional and she did a great job for me! I had a tummy tuck and upper/lower eyelift; the results are absolutely amazing!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 16, 2008
Tummy Tuck Surgical Technique
Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Full Tummy Tuck Video
Mini Tummy Tuck
Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Mini Tummy Tuck Video
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
Tummy Tuck During/After Surgery
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks.
Tummy Tuck Expected Cost
The price for abdominoplasty will vary depending on the technique used, the patient’s condition and aesthetic goals, as well as other factors relating to the surgical case. However, on average, most patients can expect to pay between $6,800-$12,500 for their tummy tuck procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,800 - $12,500
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQ’s
Tummy Tuck or Lipo?
Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.
What About Scarring?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.
New Pregnancy? Weight Gain?
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.