Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck or panniculectomy, addresses the stubborn fat and loose skin in the stomach area to make the patient feel younger, more attractive, and give them a firmer, more appealing tummy. A tummy tuck is good for patients who cannot get rid of large, annoying fatty areas in the stomach with a healthy diet and exercise and patients who have loose, baggy skin on their stomach due to natural aging or pregnancy. During an abdominoplasty, the plastic surgeon will start by removing that excess fat and skin from the stomach and will then tighten the muscles of the abdominal, if needed. After a tummy tuck, patients feel more confident in bathing suits and clothing that highlights the waist. Patients should consider postponing their abdominoplasty if they intend to lose a lot of weight or may have future pregnancies. And, while a tummy tuck can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, it does produce a permanent scar. Dr. Schmid and Dr. Mooty perform tummy tucks at The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute for their patients in West Texas and East New Mexico. Patients may get more information by scheduling a consultation at their offices in Lubbock and Midland.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Reviews
"Great work dr. Mooty! Great bed side manners, put me at ease for my tummy tuck and postop day 6 and feeling wonderful! I wouldn't go anywhere else. Staff is the best...thanks Tiffany!"- R.C. / Facebook / Mar 18, 2015
"Plastic surgery - I am so pleased with my results! I had a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck and had a wonderful experience. The staff was nothing but welcoming and Dr Schmid really treated me like his #1 priority. I would recommend Dr Schmid or his partner Dr Mooty to anyone!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 01, 2013
"Post Tummy Tuck - Stretch Marks Are Gone, Happy with my Flatter Tummy - He did a beautiful job and his office staff if very friendly. He was honest with his recomendations from the start."- B. / RealSelf / Aug 23, 2009
"40 Years Old, 3 Kids 2 C Sections and Partial Hysterectomy - Lubbock, TX - So far it's only been twelve days since my tummy tuck and lipo on my love handles still have one drain other was taken out last week I'm going out today to eat with my husband but wearing a summer dress I'm still very swollen but so far I'm happy with results. What kind of tightening garment would you suggest I'm hating this one getting very uncomfortable and loose as well"- E. / RealSelf / Jun 17, 2014
"Dr. Schmid and his staff were very friendly and took care of me. He did an awesome job on my tummy tuck and breast surgery. I would highly recommend him."- L.A. / Google / Nov 06, 2015
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.
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.
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.