Tummy Tuck Overview
Our skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Mountcastle in Northern Virginia, can eliminate the excess fat and skin while tightening the internal muscles of the abdomen with a tummy tuck. This can enhance the appearance of the lower abdomen by treating the stubborn “pooch” that is often resistant to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty allows individuals to have firmer, flatter stomachs, giving them the confidence to wear swimsuits and tighter-fitting clothing. It is popular among women following pregnancy, as well as both men and women after a major weight loss. Candidates considering this surgical procedure should be in good physical health and at or near their goal weight. Patients may also be candidates for a less extensive technique known as a partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck. This procedure is done on patients who may not have as much extra skin and fat in the abdomen. You can learn more about your candidacy, including the cost of the procedure, during a consultation at our practice.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I came to see him to consult about getting a tummy tuck and liposuction . He said , I don't need a tummy tuck but he recommended to get a lipo on my both arms . He made a good reason why I don't need it , my husband and my friend also agreed with him.I will see him for laser lipo on my arms , love handles defenietly."- N.H. / ZocDoc / Apr 14, 2016
"Dr. Mountcastle is an honest doctor I have met , he gave me a reason why I don't need to get a tummy tuck . My husband and a friend whom I brought to see him agreed with him as well, his explanation was make sense. Dr. Mountcastle said that I can get the other procedure done . His honestly and professionalism the reason why I gave him 5 stars , I will schedule to get something done on body that he recommended. I highly recommended to any one whom seeking for changing or getting done on their body come to see Dr. Mountcastle . NH."- N.H. / Google / Apr 14, 2016
"So far I have only been to the consultation. And I have decided to move forward with the tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Mountcastle and his staff were very friendly and seemed concerned about the result I wanted. I am looking forward to a nice flat tummy soon!"- M.F. / Google / Mar 07, 2017
"So far I have only been to the consultation. And I have decided to move forward with the tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Mountcastle and his staff were very friendly and seemed concerned about the result I wanted. I am looking forward to a nice flat tummy soon!"- M.F. / Google / Apr 05, 2017
"Dr. Mountcastle and his staff are professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I had a tummy tuck and from day one I was confident that all was going to be ok, today is my 15th day after surgery and all I can say is that despite the fact that the tummy tuck is the most painful experience I have ever gone through after the c-section, Dr. Mountcastle made it easier, he is gentle and I have never seen a surgery that looks as clean and perfect as mine does. I still have the tape and not yet seen the scar but I know it will heal as well as it should. I went back to work the 11th day after the surgery, the first day I was miserable due to back pain but from the second day on I am perfectly fine, walking almost perfectly straight and I feel great. I am wearing dresses since I am a bit swollen, I can wear workout clothes nicely but regular pants not so much. Overall I am so happy to have found Dr. Mountcastle, I trust him, not easy to say that about a doctor now a days. He is a Keeper!"- K.W. / Google / May 05, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Extended Tummy Tuck
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 $7,000-$12,500 for their tummy tuck procedure.
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Tummy Tuck FAQs
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.
Pregnancy or 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.