What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical cosmetic procedure that is used to flatten and tone the abdominal area by removing excess skin. The procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, is typically performed on patients that have excess fat and inelastic skin due to aging or significant weight loss.
What should I expect from a tummy tuck?
The main goal of a tummy tuck is to tighten and tone your tummy by removing unwanted and drooping excess fat and skin, and strengthening the muscles below. Drooping can occur with aging or after significant weight loss. After this procedure you should expect more toned and slimmer-looking abdominal area. Dr. Galiano will perform this procedure to yield minimal scarring, and will seek excellent long-term results. You may also expect renewed self-esteem and confidence as a result of your new figure.
Am I A Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Dr. Robert Galiano performs tummy tuck surgery for both men and women that have gained weight due to genetics, aging, or a recent pregnancy. In general, tummy tuck candidates:
- Are over 18 years old
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for the procedure
- Are committed to a healthy lifestyle following their abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck Procedure Details
Dr. Galiano has unique expertise in abdominal surgery and uses innovative techniques to achieve an ideal result. Generally, he performs a tummy tuck as an outpatient procedure with an occasional overnight stay. His techniques improve blood supply and therefore reduce complications and improve sensation in long-term outcomes. Due to his extensive research in scarring, he is able to achieve the best possible result with regard to a lasting scar.
Often Dr. Galiano will perform liposuction in combination with your tummy tuck to improve results and minimize complications from multiple procedures. This is a variant call lipo-abdominoplasty, or liposuction abdominoplasty. This procedure is excellent for women who are moderately overweight, and by combining liposuction of the abdomen with skin removal, can produce beautiful dramatic results. Dr. Galiano’s aesthetic results produce a pleasing body contour and minimal scarring.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Tummy tucks are generally performed as an outpatient procedure, so you should expect to go home the same day. Dr. Galiano will plan your procedure to minimize your recovery time as much as possible. A compression garment will be placed around your midsection to control swelling, and temporary drains may be placed to relieve fluid as you heal. Most patients benefit from being away from work for a few days, but you should be able to walk around and do mild activities within a day or two of your procedure. Pain is very patient-specific, but most patients will not have significant pain when they have the procedure performed by Dr. Galiano. There will be swelling, a variable amount of initial bruising. You may do mild exercises as soon as you feel up to it.
Tummy Tuck Risks and Complications
Any surgical procedure has risks, and you will be given a full discussion of these during your consultation. Some known risks include the following:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing
- Tissue damage
Dr. Galiano will go over these risks, and will discuss ways that he minimizes the chances of them occurring.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck will depend on a number of factors including the type of abdominoplasty being performed (mini vs. full), the experience of the surgeon, and the hospital fees. In general, a tummy tuck will cost between $6,000 and $7,500. For a personal price estimate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Galiano.
Learn More About Abdominoplasty
Dr. Robert Galiano is a leading cosmetic surgeon that specializes in body contouring procedures. He has ample experience providing tummy tucks for Chicago patients, and consistently produces exceptional results. To view results from real abdominoplasty patients, visit our tummy tuck before and after photo gallery. If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about tightening your stomach, contact our office today by calling (312) 926-4382 or by requesting an appointment online.
“[Dr. Galiano] is an artist and perfectionist who creates beautiful, natural results. I would recommend him for any procedure.” – Paul, Tummy Tuck Patient