Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, restores weakened abdominal muscles, and creates a more firm, smooth and attractive abdomen. Tummy tuck in our Baltimore, Maryland, practice is a popular choice for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or given birth and are bothered by leftover loose skin.

Why consider a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a wonderful option for those who, after significant weight loss, pregnancy, or natural aging, have any of the following concerns:

  • Loose or sagging skin in the middle or lower abdomen
  • A protruding abdomen or belly bulge
  • Weakened or separated muscles of the abdominal wall

Typically, these conditions cannot be corrected by diet and exercise alone.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery offers patients many benefits, including the following:

  • A flatter, slimmer, and more attractive waistline
  • Tighter, stronger abdominal muscles
  • Fewer stretch marks
  • Improved overall proportions

Are there other benefits to tummy tuck patients?

A tummy tuck provides so much more than a slim, firm waistline; it actually helps patients renew their confidence and spirit. According to our patients, other tummy tuck benefits include the following:

  • Restored comfort in their own skin
  • Enhanced enjoyment of personal relationships
  • Improved confidence in fitted clothing and swimsuits
  • Motivation to maintain exercise and healthy eating habits
  • Participation in physical activities that may have been previously avoided

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How much does a tummy tuck cost?

At Belcara Health in Baltimore, we understand that having a general range of prices for a given procedure can be helpful, so we are happy to provide an estimated range for your tummy tuck. However, it is important to note that price ranges are general estimates only.

The best way to learn about procedure pricing is to consult directly with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. During your consultation, your surgeon will listen carefully to your concerns and goals and assess your medical history, lifestyle, and anatomy. Together, you and your surgeon will review all your treatment options and develop a personalized plan that meets all your needs. Only then are we able to provide an accurate price estimate.

Your quote will include the following:

  • All visits before and after the procedure
  • Operating room time and supplies
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • All medical support materials

Price range for a tummy tuck: $6,500 – $14,000

Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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Where will the procedure take place?

Most tummy tuck patients elect to have their procedures performed in our on-site surgery center. Our 5-star facility, the Clarkview Surgical Center, was designed with the safety, comfort, privacy, and convenience of our patients in mind. It features state-of-the-art technology and meets the most rigorous safety standards. We are proud to be one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn AAAHC accreditation, as well as certifications from Medicare and the state of Maryland. Because safety is our first concern, all surgical procedures are performed with board-certified anesthesiologists and registered nurses.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

A tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and belly button. The surgeon will place the incision as low as possible, where it can be easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits. The shape and length of the incision will depend on the degree of correction necessary. There are many types of tummy tucks; depending on the surgeon’s recommendation, weakened abdominal muscles may be repaired through the incision and excess fat, tissue and skin are removed and tightened. Another incision around the navel may be required to remove excess skin from the upper abdomen.

Tummy tuck surgery generally takes 2 to 5 hours, depending on whether it is a mini or full tummy tuck. Your surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Because safety is always our primary concern, we work with board-certified anesthesiologists to make sure that your surgery is as safe as possible. Following your procedure, you can return home for your recovery period.

What does tummy tuck recovery and aftercare involve?

While experiences vary between individuals, tummy tuck recovery generally involves:

  • Bed rest the day of surgery.
  • Limited activity for 2 to 6 days after surgery.
  • Some bruising, swelling, tenderness, or numbness around the incisions.
  • Drains remain in place for 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Sutures will be removed in about 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Avoiding strenuous activity for about 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Returning work in 1 to 3 weeks.
  • Wearing an abdominal binder for a few weeks for support.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?

Liposuction may be performed to enhance abdominoplasty results by removing excess fat around the sides and back. Please discuss this option with your surgeon. Many Mommy Makeover procedures include a tummy tuck to rejuvenate the abdomen after pregnancy.

Why choose Belcara Health?

If you are ready to improve your appearance with cosmetic surgery, the practice and surgeon you select are your most important decisions. To be confident with your results, you must have confidence in your medical team.

With credentials from such esteemed institutions as Stanford University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, our board-certified plastic surgeons are renowned for creating natural-looking, proportionate, beautiful results. Dr. Michael Cohen and Dr. Gary Vela will listen carefully to your goals, answer all your questions and help you make informed choices. We believe in educating our patients about their treatment options because you know your body best and you should be a partner in the entire surgery experience.

Exceptional patient care is the core of our philosophy at Belcara Health. Our goal is for you to feel as if you just received the best care possible and absolutely love your results. Located in a welcoming, sophisticated, luxurious facility, our 5-star services and staff provide an unparalleled experience. At each stage, we make every effort to surpass all your expectations. We are constantly upgrading our knowledge, technology, and services – and it shows. Our strong reputation and the trust of the community validates this commitment.

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Contact us today to learn more about how a tummy tuck procedure can help you feel more confident.

Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Tummy Tucks

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Dr. Michael D. Cohen

Medical Director, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast Specialist

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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“I love love love the results of my tummy tuck! Seeing the before pics is quite astounding. All that flesh; all that flab; all those years. I am just thrilled beyond words to be free of it. The extra sagging; drooping; bulging skin caused me to feel very self-conscious regardless of what I was wearing. Even when I felt good about the rest of my appearance, the contour and heaviness of my tummy area always distracted from any positivity. Thank you for sculpting, tucking and trimming my new figure!”

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