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
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
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 Reviews
"Best Plastic Surgeon in Vegas! - Dr. Khorsandi delivers an amazing experience and results. I visited four surgeons before I decided to have my surgery with him, from my very first consult I was very impress with his skills, his persona and staff members. I was very hesitant about the size I wanted to go for and every time I visited or called his office every one was very accommodating and kind to answer all my questions. They..."- C. / RealSelf / Nov 14, 2018
"Minor stomach lipo & Fupa lift - overall, I really recommend VIP! - I figured to leave a good review on here. Because the Doctor is cool & does a good job for real. I was skeptic & scared at first due to lack of 'before & after' photos on the site or any videos, but thankfully, he really is good.I'm 5'3, 114 pounds. I had a minimal fat on my stomach that you could see mainly just when I sat down which is natural but I wanted to get rid of it anyway & Pubic area lift because after 10 pounds of Quarantine 2020 weight loss, that FUPA was just not going away. Dr. Khorsandi did a good job. The scar looked pretty scary at first but in 1 month it just turned into a thin pink line that will eventually fade.I read reviews that people complained that he seemed not very carrying, I must disagree, He's very caring. They are just really busy & have to take patients fast. So with FUPA lift... be prepared to have a brutal discomfort for the first 3-4 days. No pain really, just extreme discomfort, weird unpleasant sensations & slow careful walking. It gets better every 7 days I noticed.Anesthesiologist doctor was really cool too. I had panic attacks before the procedure from being afraid but everything went very well. It felt like I slept for 20 minutes when in reality it was about 2-3 hours. Prices at VIP are better than in stupid LA too. California is obnoxious with pricing! Overall, I really recommend VIP! You will not be disappointed."- S. / RealSelf / Jul 25, 2021
"Dr. Khorsandi is the best! - I began seeing Dr. Khorsandi in 2016 for skin care and fillers. I have considered having a mommy makeover for awhile but wasn’t sure if I would find the right MD. I realized after attending a few appointments and seeing how his wonderful staff and he interacted with each other that he would be the best choice. When I was waiting for my pre-op I heard him answer a question. He was asked why he was open to learning and sharing with other MDs, He replied when they succeed we all succeed, there isn’t a competition. He is always patient, kind, and informative. I am 1 week post op and can say I’m feeling amazing, recovering well, and looking forward to a brighter,healthier future. It isn’t a competition when he is the absolute best."- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 20, 2018
"I began seeing Dr. Khorsandi in 2016 for skin care and fillers. I have considered having a mommy makeover for awhile but wasn’t sure if I would find the right MD. I realized after attending a few appointments and seeing how his wonderful staff and he interacted with each other that he would be the best choice. When I was waiting for my pre-op I heard him answer a question. He was asked why he was open to learning and sharing with other MDs, He replied when they succeed we all succeed, there isn’"- C. / Healthgrades / Nov 21, 2018
"I Chose the Best MD! - I began seeing Dr. Khorsandi in 2016 for skin care and fillers. I have considered having a mommy makeover for awhile but wasn’t sure if I would find the right MD. I realized after attending a few appointments and seeing how his wonderful staff and he interacted with each other that he would be the best choice. When I was waiting for my pre-op I heard him answer a question. He was asked why h..."- C. / RealSelf / Nov 20, 2018
Read The VIP Section
Take a look at the blog posts we have about tummy tuck procedures at VIP Plastic Surgery:
- Tummy Tuck Q + A with Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
- Five questions to ask your plastic surgeon about tummy tucks
- The mini tummy tuck: a small procedure with big results
- Age is just a number when it comes to tummy tucks
- Who wants a tighter tummy?
- Tummy tuck recovery tips: Making the most of your tummy tuck surgery
- I am in good shape but want a tighter tummy. Is a mini tummy tuck the answer?
- The best diet for after a tummy tuck
- The new fashion of thin — Tuck Your tummy
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $13,800 - $16,200
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
TUMMY TUCK faq
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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