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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. At VIP Plastic Surgery, Dr. Khorsandi can perform full tummy tucks, mini tummy tucks, and panniculectomy (removal of apron fat).

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 in 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 postoperative pain control.

After Your 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.

Expected Cost

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.

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Average Cost  
$7,500 - $9,900
Recovery Time  
1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
6-8 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Tummy Tuck FAQs

What is a panniculectomy?

Patients who only need to have excessive amounts of skin removed from the lower abdomen will most likely qualify for a panniculectomy. Dr. Khorsandi is a board-certified panniculectomy surgeon who will perform this surgery for men and women without reestablishing the tautness of the abdominal muscles. Who would need this type of surgery? After battling obesity with diet, exercise, or surgical measures like bariatric surgery, the skin can be so flaccid and loose that it hangs over the genitalia or touches the thighs. By removing the aftermath of weight loss, a tummy tuck can be very beneficial to patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. They can enjoy their new bodies and are likely to keep off the weight.

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.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

Patients with a small amount of excess skin and limited muscle laxity that is confined below the belly button may be candidates for a mini abdominoplasty. These patients will have a scar that is only 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 is designed in an effort to treat less severe cases.

More women than men?

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 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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