Tummy Tuck

A flat, well-toned abdomen creates a smoother, firmer profile

Tummy Tuck FAQ

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. This cosmetic procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. Patients who come in for a tummy tuck in Richmond from Dr. Joseph McKeown receive an overall flatter, tighter abdominal profile.

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

Ideal tummy tuck candidates are in good health, are not pregnant or planning to have children, and are already at or near their goal weight. Pregnancy and childbirth can negatively affect the results of a tummy tuck, necessitating another procedure. Losing or gaining a lot of weight can also negatively affect the results.

Good abdominoplasty candidates also have realistic expectation regarding the end product of the procedure. Looking at before and after photos helps patients have a clearer expectation of the results the surgery can provide.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. Working through this incision, the underlying muscles will be tightened by pulling them together and stitching them in place.

Excess skin from the lower abdomen is trimmed away. Skin that contains stretch marks may be removed as well; however, it may not be possible to remove them all. The navel’s position remains unchanged, but its appearance may be slightly altered.

A mini tummy tuck is also available for those who are primarily dissatisfied with the appearance of the abdominal area below the navel. It requires only a short horizontal incision and no navel incision. However, the mini tummy tuck will not correct loose skin above the navel. Liposuction is sometimes added to a mini tummy tuck to correct fat deposits above the navel.

What results should I anticipate?

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You should anticipate a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is proportionate with your body weight and shape.

What can I expect post-surgery?

Dressings will be applied to your abdomen and covered with a bandage. Although you may not be able to stand perfectly straight at first, you will be encouraged to get out of bed soon after surgery during tummy tuck recovery in order to promote blood circulation. The best tummy tuck results can be achieved when you follow the doctor’s post-surgical care directions as closely as possible.

Quite soon after surgery, you will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body. Every effort is made to minimize the scar, which though permanent, gradually fades over time. Many patients view the scar as a small tradeoff for their firmer, sleeker appearance.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The price of a patient’s abdominoplasty surgery is impacted by the exact techniques used (including the mini tummy tuck and the extended tummy tuck), the anesthesia chosen, and the amount of tissue removed. To help with tummy tuck cost, financing is available through CareCredit.

How do I schedule a consultation?

To arrange a consultation for a tummy tuck in Richmond, contact McKeown Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Joseph McKeown is a skilled and acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience.