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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Las Vegas, NV

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

Men and women with hanging belly fat or stubborn areas of the abdomen where it is difficult to lose weight may want to consider a tummy tuck at VIP Plastic Surgery. Las Vegas, NV board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi can offer a solution to these aesthetic concerns with a tummy tuck, which is a plastic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. Also known as abdominoplasty, a full tummy tuck for skin removal includes tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall. When only the skin on the lower section of the abdomen is to be removed (no muscle tightening), it is called a panniculectomy.

Loose skin and excess fat in the abdomen remain constant sources of frustration for many people. Redundant skin and fat may appear despite the effort put into diet and exercise. Pregnancy and major weight loss in both men and women can change the abdomen’s appearance in a less than desirable way. As a well-known tummy tuck plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Khorsandi can perform a variety of procedures, including:

  • Full tummy tucks
  • Mini tummy tucks
  • Panniculectomies

Please schedule an appointment to learn more about the benefits of each procedure option.

What are the common reasons for getting a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck can help with a variety of cosmetic concerns. Depending on the severity of skin sag, we can develop a treatment plan that aligns best with your needs. You may experience a saggy tummy because of:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Childbirth
  • Genetics

If any of these sounds like you, please know that we can provide the care you need to help you feel more comfortable and confident.

Tummy Tuck Options

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A traditional tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens the muscles underneath for a more toned midsection. We make the incision right above your hip bone and near the pubic bone so you can easily conceal it with clothing or a swimsuit.

Mini Tummy Tuck

For patients with a small amount of loose skin and limited muscle laxity that occurs below the belly button, a mini abdominoplasty may work best for them. These patients will have a scar that is somewhat longer than a typical C-section or hysterectomy scar (about the width of your two hands placed side by side). No scar is placed around the belly button. This procedure can help address less severe cases of skin laxity.

Panniculectomy (excess skin removal)

Patients who have excessive amounts of skin on the lower abdomen will most likely qualify for a panniculectomy. Dr. Khorsandi is a board-certified panniculectomy surgeon in Las Vegas, NV who can remove excess skin without needing to tighten the abdominal muscles. After battling obesity with diet, exercise, or surgical measures, like bariatric surgery, the skin can become so loose that it hangs over the genitalia or touches the thighs. By removing the excess tissue, a panniculectomy helps patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. They can enjoy their new bodies and can keep off the weight.

The Tummy Tuck Surgical Technique

Regardless of the type of abdominoplasty being performed, the surgery will take place in an outpatient setting under a general anesthetic. Before the surgery, Dr. Khorsandi will outline the treatment areas, taking into account the patient’s preferred underwear and swimsuit style. 

The first part of a tummy tuck surgery removes the excess skin. He will use liposuction to slim the area of excess fat and tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall with sutures. These sutures will act as an internal girdle and flatten the stomach. Lastly, drains will be placed and the incisions will be closed and bandaged. Sometimes, a pain pump may be added by Dr. Khorsandi for post-operative pain control.

What Can I expect After a Tummy Tuck?

Most patients can return to light activity after 7 – 14 days of recovery. Patients should not drive while taking pain medications. Strenuous exercise may not be performed until Dr. Khorsandi clears the patient to do so, which usually occurs 6 – 8 weeks after surgery. Sit-ups and crunches are discouraged in the first several months after surgery to minimize the risk of bursting the abdominal-tightening sutures. The abdominal tissues will feel tight for at least 1 – 2 months, which is normal. Patients may experience some numbness and tingling sensations in the abdominal area. Scars will continue to fade for two years.

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Average Cost  
$13,800 - $16,200
Recovery Time  
6-8 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
3-4 hours
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What Are the Expected Costs of a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck costs will depend on various factors, including the primary surgical technique, if liposuction is needed, and the size of the area being treated. Generally, patients can expect to pay $9,900 for a full tummy tuck procedure and $7,500 for a mini tummy tuck procedure. Virtual consultations are $100 and in-person consults $300 the consult fee goes towards the procedure they are non-refundable.

How big will my scar be?

Unlike liposuction where scars are usually small, abdominoplasty surgery requires a much larger incision. The length of the scar is determined by the nature of the deformity. Patients with significant excess skin will require a scar from hip to hip and a scar around the belly button. Take a look at our tummy tuck before-and-after photos to see how other patients have healed after surgery with Dr. Khorsandi.

Do More women or men Receive Tummy tucks?

Women and tummy tucks are requested more than men due to the effects of pregnancy and childbirth. During pregnancy, women often stretch their abdominal tissues as the child grows. Following childbirth, these tissues often fail to go back to their normal appearance, leaving many women with stretch marks, loose skin, and a bulging abdomen. A tummy tuck can reestablish the abdomen, tighten overextended muscles, reduce stretch marks, and trim excess skin for a woman or a man. A male tummy tuck is obviously not to modify a mommy's belly, but that doesn't mean men cannot strive for the same aesthetic goals. Tummy tucks for men (especially men with apron fat) can produce amazing results as well for loose skin, stretched ab muscles, and pockets of fat that will not go away (even with exercise and diet). Dr. Khorsandi will consult with men and women for all types of tummy tuck surgery (including panniculectomy for hanging abdominal skin only).

Is A Tummy Tuck Right For Me?

All surgical procedures have inherent risks, benefits, and limitations. Dr. Khorsandi wants his patients to feel comfortable in their decision. We encourage patients to talk through their surgical concerns and ask questions at any step of their plastic surgery journey.

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