Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, restores weakened abdominal muscle 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, experience any of the following symptoms:

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

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

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Tummy Tuck Results

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

Additionally, we’ve learned from our patients that one of the most significant results of a tummy tuck is how it can totally change a patient’s sense of confidence. A tummy tuck provides so much more than a slim, firm waistline; it actually helps patients regain their self-confidence and spirit. According to our patients, other tummy tuck benefits include the following:

  • Improved comfort in their own skin
  • Enhanced enjoyment of personal relationships
  • Improved confidence in fitted clothing and swimsuits
  • Exercise and healthy eating habits are more easily maintained
  • Participation in physical activities that may have been previously avoided
“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!”

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

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

Tummy tuck procedures at Belcara Health typically range between $6,500 and $14,000.

Our financing specialists are available to help secure financing for your cosmetic procedure. We’re happy to help you prepare affordable monthly payment plans, so your new look can be a reality! Contact us online to request your consultation or schedule your visit by calling (410) 296-0414.

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?

For your privacy, convenience, and comfort, Belcara Health offers an on-site surgical center. Because safety is our first concern, our facility meets the most stringent requirements. We are certified by Medicare and licensed by the state of Maryland as an ASC. We are one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This high-level accreditation is proof of our commitment to the highest quality patient care and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.

About the Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and belly button. Your surgeon will place the incision as low as possible, where it can be easily hidden by your underwear or bathing suit bottom. The shape and length of your incision will depend on the degree of correction necessary. There are many types of tummy tucks; depending on your 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 your upper abdomen.

Tummy tuck surgery generally takes two to five 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.

Recuperation & Aftercare

  • Patients will likely experience some bruising, swelling, tenderness or numbness around the incision
  • Drains may remain in place for 1 to 2 weeks
  • Sutures will be removed in about 1 to 2 weeks
  • We recommend bed rest the day of surgery
  • You should limit activity for the next 2 to 6 days after surgery
  • Avoid strenuous activity for about 4 to 6 weeks
  • Resume work in one to three week
  • Wear an abdominal binder for a few weeks for support

Additional Procedures

Liposuction may be used in addition to abdominoplasty surgery to remove excess fat around the sides and back to enhance your results. Please discuss this option with your surgeon.

Would you like to learn more about what a tummy tuck can do for you? Request your consultation online or call Belcara Health at (410) 296-0414


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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