Tummy tuck — also known as abdominoplasty — is a surgical process used to firm the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin from regions of the middle and lower abdomen. A tummy tuck will also tighten muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall, remove loose skin and tissue after pregnancy, as well as correct sagging skin for individuals who have encountered major weight loss. Plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau, has helped countless Pittsburgh area men and women achieve a slimmer, tighter contour with abdominoplasty surgery. He is able to incorporate a variety of techniques depending on the extent of skin and fat removal needed. In many cases, tummy tucks are combined with other body contouring procedures such as liposuction and breast lift or breast augmentation.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"After 2 back surgeries and 7 years for not being able to walk properly or stand up straight I had finally gotten to a place of health where my mobility was normal. After 2 years of weightloss post back surgeries I was left with loose skin and uneven fat distribution around my body. I had a lipo 360 procedure done at another facility but was left very underwhelmed by the result. I had consulted with several other places in the tri state area but immediately following my consultation with Dr. Fernau I knew this was the place The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the Dr. listened to my concerns over recovery with respect to my back issues. I had a mini tummy tuck and lipo of several areas. The whole process was incredibly professional and I felt safe and confident throughout the process. It is now 2 weeks post surgery and although I am still in recovery the results are amazing. I now have a beautifully natural hourglass figure and my confidence in my appearance is the best it's been since before my spine injury. My goal over the past years has been to get past the toll the spine injury took on my mind and my body. Dr. Fernau and his staff have helped me take a huge step in achieving that goal and I can't thank them enough!"- E.W. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
"Breast Augmentation from start to finish was a great experience. This was my first time with any type of procedure let alone a cosmetic procedure. I didnt know what to expect. Office was very kind to answer any of my questions and Sheila even answer my text while on vacation. I'm very please with the result and would be love to have lipo or tummy tuck in the future. I will post results if that time comes! Thank you for the wonderful service you provide ❤️"- C. / Google / Sep 03, 2022
"Dr Fernau and his entire practice were an absolute dream to work with. From Mara at the desk, to the nurse Sheila, and the doctor himself. I got a mini tummy tuck, lipo, and fat grafting. My TT scar is so low! Perfectly carved. I am so grateful to have found him."- B.K. / Google / Jun 07, 2023
"Absolutely thrilled with the results Dr. Fernau and his professional staff provided. I opted for the textured, teardrop shaped implants hoping for the most natural look possible and could not be more pleased. I also had liposuction on my neck followed by Renuvion to get rid of my double chin and neck sagging. Each day the results look better. Thank you, Dr. Fernau, Shelia, Alex, Amber, Sherry, Ryan, and Mara. Each of you made me feel understood. I did my “online research” and even had a consult with a surgeon closer to home. I’m so glad I went with my gut and sought out another surgeon. My sincerest thank you for making my wishes come true. PS: I’m planning on coming back for a tummy tuck once I have the funds!"- C.S. / Google / Jun 16, 2023
"Breast Augmentation from start to finish was a great experience. This was my first time with any type of procedure let alone a cosmetic procedure. I didnt know what to expect. Office was very kind to answer any of my questions and Sheila even answer my text while on vacation. I'm very please with the result and would be love to have lipo or tummy tuck in the future. I will post results if that time comes! Thank you for the wonderful service you provide ❤️"- C.N. / Google / Aug 11, 2022
Full Tummy Tuck
In patients who undergo a full tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip just over the pubic area. This results in a scar line that is horizontal and can be hidden when wearing undergarments. It is commonly performed on women with significant skin folds after multiple pregnancies. This technique allows the surgeon access to a large portion of the abdomen while repositioning the belly button so that its placement appears natural. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat preceding the skin tightening portion. The internal abdominal muscles are secured for a firm, toned appearance.
Mini Tummy Tuck
An alternative to the traditional technique is the mini tummy tuck, which is also known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck.” The difference is that ideally the patients that undego this procedure are already in relatively good shape with a healthy skin tone, but still have loose skin on the lower abdomen. Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is unaffected and the incision is smaller. Liposuction is used (if needed) to remove excess fat, and the loose skin is removed and pulled tight.
Extended Tummy Tuck
In cases when major skin tightening and body contouring is needed, an extended tummy tuck is recommended. This is a necessary technique for patients who have undergone a significant weight loss. It was developed after some patients noted that even after a full tummy tuck, the parts surrounding the abdomen still showed excessive folds of skin. The incision may extend around the navel, flank and lower back depending where skin tightening is necessary. Liposuction is still used and excess skin is trimmed then tightened. Similar to a full tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned.
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A tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, but an overnight stay can be required specific to complex cases. As with any other surgery, abdominoplasty comes with risks so it’s best to discuss any health conditions you have prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medications are provided and a compression garment is worn. The patient will need to rest up to 48 hours. From then, it is recommended that patients make a concerted effort to move around to help blood circulation and reduce the risks of blood clot complications. Recovery may take up to 6 weeks.
The cost for a tummy tuck depends on a variety of factors, primarily on the technique recommended that will provide the best result of the patient’s condition. These prices generally range from $7,500 to $12,500.
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- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $12,500
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
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Tummy Tuck FAQs
Lipo or Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tucks are reserved for patients who have stretched, loose skin in the lower abdomen as a result of pregnancy or obesity. Liposuction, on the other hand, is for those who want to remove excess fat in the abdomen but still have a healthy skin tone. During the initial consultation, we will provide a thorough assessment and determine if liposuction alone is all that is needed, or if a tummy tuck will provide the best results.
Normally, abdominoplasty is performed to improve loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen area. However, sometimes other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift are done to further improve the overall look and feel of the body. When this combination type surgery exists, it is known as a “mommy makeover”. It is very popular among women after pregnancy who wish to get their pre-pregnancy body and shape back to normal.
How Bad Are The Scars?
Unfortunately, with a tummy tuck surgery, scars are unavoidable. However, extra measures are taken to make sure that scarring is minimal. The incision line is placed in areas that can be concealed by undergarments. Previous C-section scars will be incised in the same spot for the tummy tuck. During the healing process, we will provide a post-operative protocol that includes scar treatment to help assist the scars in becoming less visible.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck?
It is our recommendation that women who decide to have more children delay a tummy tuck procedure. The stretching of the skin as a result of another pregnancy can reduce the positive outome of this procedure.
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