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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in St. Louis

What Is an Abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery gives St. Louis residents an opportunity to tighten lax abdominal muscles, remove extra skin and fat from the abdomen, or minimize stretch marks between the belly button and the pubic area. For certain patients, a tummy tuck can provide more dramatic results in the abdomen than any of the liposuction techniques currently available.

At West County Plastic Surgeons, our tummy-tuck patients – both women and men – have access to leading innovators in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Myckatyn serves as Director of Cosmetic and Breast Plastic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, specializing in all forms of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Tenenbaum also performs all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction, employing techniques acquired through working with some of the most respected cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the country. Our practice offers a patient-friendly atmosphere and a university medical-school reputation for cutting-edge techniques and technologies that lead to optimal results and patient satisfaction.

When surgical skill is paired with a clear understanding of each patient’s needs and expectations, abdominoplasty can lead to increased personal satisfaction and self-confidence. To schedule your consultation for tummy tuck surgery, contact our St. Louis office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us today.

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A standard tummy tuck typically results in two incisions: one low-lying incision that extends across the lower abdomen, and another incision concealed around the belly button. Most bathing suits, bikinis, and underwear will conceal these incision scars. However, every person is different, so scar length can be customized to each patient’s contour goals. When a standard tummy tuck is not ideal, many St. Louis patients opt to have a short-scar mini-abdominoplasty or an extended abdominoplasty.


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Anesthesia: Tummy-tuck surgery is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia.

Length of procedure: 1 to 2 hours.

Estimated recovery time: Patients can expect to return to work 10 to 14 days following surgery, and they should avoid vigorous activity for 3 to 5 weeks. Visible bruising typically subsides in 1 to 2 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 1 month. To learn how to prepare for tummy-tuck surgery and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions for abdominoplasty.

Side effects: Common side effects include bruising, swelling, a few spitting sutures, and some numbness, itching, and spasm of the abdomen. For 5 to 10 days after surgery, patients will have drain tubes, and they must walk gently flexed at the waist. To prevent blood clots, most of our St. Louis tummy tuck patients receive an injectable blood thinner called Lovenox® for 5 to 10 days following surgery. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of this procedure.

Before-and-after photos of tummy tuck resultsClick here 

Procedures That Complement a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, for our St. Louis patients, is one of the most commonly requested components of a mommy makeover. It is also frequently combined with breast enhancement and liposuction procedures:
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The main focus of a tummy tuck at St. Louis’ West County Plastic Surgeons is to tighten lax muscles and remove sagging abdominal tissue that creates the appearance of a pouch or gut. Though it may involve some small amount of liposuction for fine-tuning contours, a tummy tuck is most often chosen by patients who have lost a significant amount of weight on their own—whether by diet and exercise or surgery—but find that they’re left with excess skin that continues to give them a flabby look. Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction is designed for patients who want to combine the fat-reduction benefits of a standard abdominal liposuction procedure with the tightening effects of a tummy tuck. Putting the two together allows patients to enjoy the results of both surgeries with only one recovery time afterward. This is ideal for people who are close to their target body weight but need a little extra help in achieving their desired shape. Note that the procedure is not intended for weight-loss purposes, but will provide cosmetic changes in the form of a sleeker, slimmer silhouette. To learn more about tummy tuck, liposuction, or other cosmetic procedures, contact the team at West County Plastic Surgeons.

Click here to read Dr. Tenenbaum’s article on combining breast surgery and abdominoplasty.

To schedule your consultation for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), contact our St. Louis office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us today.

If you have questions or would like to book a consultation with one of the surgeons at West County plastic Surgery, please call (314) 996-8800

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Meet Our Surgeons

There’s something different about West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. Not only do our surgeons provide an accessible and patient-friendly atmosphere, but we uphold Washington University’s reputation for cutting-edge procedures. We invite you to learn more about our surgeons.
Dr. Terry Myckatyn

Voted among the "Best Doctors in St. Louis" and "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors, Inc. since 2008, Dr. Terry Myckatyn is no stranger to being recognized for his work in plastic surgery. A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the United States and Canada, Dr. Myckatyn specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction. Read On

Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum

Dr. Tenenbaum – a board-certified plastic surgeon – specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction, employing techniques acquired through working with some of the most respected cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the country. She has been voted among the "Best Plastic Surgeons" and "Best Doctors in America" by St. Louis Magazine. Read On

Emily Weinhaus P.A.

A licensed physician’s assistant, Emily performs non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as BOTOX® injections, fillers, laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal and spider vein treatments. Read On