what is a tummy tuck?
Our talented team of plastic surgeons offers tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty to men and women who desire a slimmer contour. If you have excess skin and fat in the mid section as a result of genetics, weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be able to slim and tighten the abdominal area. In general with tummy tuck surgery, the areas addressed are excess fat deposits, hanging or loose skin of the abdomen, and loose abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis).
At Austin-Weston, we perform hundreds of tummy tuck operations each year and our surgeons are well versed in all types of tummy tuck surgery and revision surgery if you had a tummy tuck at another establishment and desire a refined result.
Call our front desk office at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA to schedule an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons to learn more.
what qualifies you for a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is life changing for most of our patients who have had the procedure. The ideal candidates for this dramatic transformation are:
- Men and women who have extra skin and fat deposits in the abdominal area
- Men and women who have stretch marks on their lower abdomen
- Women with gapped abdominal muscles, also known as rectus diastasis
- Men and women who have had weight loss surgery and have maintained their goal weight afterward
- Women who are done having children and desire a permanent fix for the excess skin and fat
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I have been a patient of Dr. Weston's since 1999, when I had my first procedures (rhinoplasty & chin implant.) I was extremely pleased with the results so I didn't think twice about going back to him when I needed a tummy tuck in 2010. I was left with a perfectly flat stomach with no visible scars after just a few months. I went back in Oct 2014 for 3rd time for a breast reduction (something I wish I had done years ago.) I went from a DD to a B cup and I couldn't be happier. As a repeat patient, I highly recommend Dr. Weston. He makes you feel very comfortable and I've never waited more than 15 minutes past my appt time in all of the years I have been going."- D.G. / Yelp / Jan 28, 2015
"Dr. Sigal at the Austin-Weston Center did my breast augmentation 6 years ago. I constantly get compliments when I say that they were augmented. Everyone thinks they are so natural and real. I'm 5'4, 120lbs. and was a 34B. I'm now a 32DDD. I chose Dr. Sigal because my consultation was so thorough. He did measurements, let me "try on" sizes and recommended what was right for my frame. Six years later I am now 3 months out from my tummy tuck. I've had 3 kids via c-section and I couldn't get rid of my belly fat. It's the best thing I did next to my breasts. Dr. Sigal is very confident and a capable surgeon but also has the most amazing bed side manner. He's like my family!!!"- H.S. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2015
"I recently received a tummy tuck from Dr. Weston. He did a fabulous job and he has a beautiful personality. His nurses are awesome and supportive. I highly recommend Dr. Weston and his team. Barbara"- B.P. / Yelp / Jan 21, 2015
"In 2010 I had bariatric surgery and lost 80+ which left me with excess stomach skin. I finally did it and had a tummy tuck and lipo! After going to a seminar at Austin-Weston Center and weighing my options Dr. Weston made the decision very easy for me. He is so knowledgeable, professional and personable. He answered all my annoying questions both pre and post surgery. I can't say enough about the staff and Dr. Weston. It's been 4 months and my life is completely changed. I won't lie -- it's not for the faint of heart, the downtime isn't pleasant and you really need help to get around and to take care of business in the home. Fortunately for me I'm retired and didn't have to worry about a work schedule. I'd recommend 3-4 works downtime. Final note - when it comes time for other cosmetic work Austin-Weston center is definitely the place for me."- M.F. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2015
"I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Knotts and the staff. EVERY single employee I encountered was pleasant and made me feel comfortable. From beginning to end the process was phenomenal. They are very thorough and leave no question unanswered. Dr. Knotts has Excellent bedside manners and is an all around good, genuine person!"- H.S. / Yelp / May 22, 2017
how does a tummy tuck work?
Tummy tuck patients usually have the procedure in our accredited outpatient surgical facility; however, when the tummy tuck is combined with other procedures, your surgeon may recommend you stay the night in our overnight facility. For the classic tummy tuck, which is removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening of the internal abdominal muscles, the procedure can take from 2-4 hours, depending on the extend of liposuction performed at the same time.
Most patients take 1-2 weeks off work and we recommend 6 weeks before any heavy lifting or strenuous abdominal exercise.
A tummy tuck requires a scar along the lower abdomen. For patients who do not have much excess skin, the scar may be shortened and a 'mini' tummy tuck performed. For those with excess skin, an extended tummy tuck with a longer scar is recommended, or your surgeon may even recommend the scar go all the way around the body like a belt. This last procedure is referred to as a body lift. For patients with a tight lower abdomen and mainly excess skin in the upper abdomen, a reverse tummy tuck might be a recommended operation.
The majority of patients at Austin-Weston receive a DRAINLESS technique for tummy tuck. This means no messy drains, which are often painful and can increase the risk of infection.
how long is recovery from a tummy tuck?
The results following a tummy tuck procedure equate to a tighter, more toned abdominal appearance. Scarring is a part of this procedure, but our cosmetic surgeons will create the incisions with care, placing them in inconspicuous areas so that undergarments can hide them. Patients often feel that the skin removal and flat appearance of their stomach far outweighs any scarring that resides after surgery. The abdominal area is swollen after surgery, but typical healing shows decreased swelling by 3 weeks and a final result at 3-4 months, which is when postop photographs are taken.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $10,850
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
Drop Inches Today
If you want a slimmer, more flattering figure and have noticed that no matter how hard you work, a pooch still resides in your abdominal area, a tummy tuck may help you reach your goals. We also welcome weight loss patients who are seeking skin removal surgery to help them in their weight loss transformation journey. Schedule a consultation with our office today and learn how a tummy tuck can revamp your appearance and self-confidence.
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