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Tummy Tuck

Many women find that despite a healthy diet and regular exercise they may still have areas of loose abdominal skin and weak muscle that give their whole body an out-of-shape appearance. These changes are often caused by pregnancy and weight loss. If you would like a smoother, firmer abdomen that gives you a look of fitness and vitality, we encourage you to consult our experienced plastic surgeons, Dr. David Bauer or Dr. Zachary Young, for more information on tummy tuck surgery.

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Tummy tuck surgery trims, flattens, and firms a bulging abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and by tightening loose abdominal muscles. Through abdominoplasty surgery, you will gain a flatter, more contoured and visually satisfying abdomen with tightened abdominal muscles.

Your tummy tuck goals need to be discussed realistically with your surgeon and together you will decide which procedure will be performed to achieve your desired results. A full tummy tuck can help if you’ve had trouble trimming your abdomen despite exercise or weight loss or following changes after pregnancy.



What To Expect During A Tummy Tuck Procedure

Liposuction surgery can help you if you have trouble reducing fat in certain areas despite diet, exercise or even successful weight loss. The concept of a liposuction procedure is fairly simple. Liposuction is a surgical technique which improves the body contour by removing the excess fat from various body parts that sit between the skin and the muscle.

The Recovery Process For Abdominoplasty

A small temporary tube is placed in the abdomen in order to drain excess fluid that can build up post surgery. Physical activity should be kept at a minimum following an abdominoplasty procedure for two weeks. Although each patient heals differently, it is crucial to follow the doctor’s instructions and customized care plan.


An abdominoplasty is a major surgery, so it is to be expected that getting back to normal may take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. The full results of your abdominoplasty will not be seen immediately due to post operative swelling.

Swelling usually takes at least 2-3 months to resolve completely. Light activity can be resumed within a few days and more normal activity may take 2 weeks. A light compression garment will be recommended during your recovery for approximately 4 weeks to help reduce fluid retention and to re-shape your abdomen. Scars can take six months to a year to flatten and fade.

Overall, an abdominoplasty will result in a flatter and firmer stomach. Living a healthy lifestyle helps patients maintain incredible results.


Our tummy tuck patients often have questions about their upcoming procedure, many regarding cost, what to expect and more. Please review the questions and answers provided from our surgical staff below. If you have further questions, please contact the Arkansas Plastic Surgery team.

How much does tummy tuck cost?

The cost of an abdominoplasty procedure will vary based on several factors, including the specific approach Dr. Bauer, Dr. Young and their surgical team takes and whether another procedure is combined into the surgery. A tummy tuck is considered elective surgery, which is not covered by your insurance provider.

The price of a tummy tuck includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia medications, and facility fees. However, it may not include preoperative medical testing, prescription medication, surgical garments, or other postoperative supplies, so please keep this in mind when considering this procedure.

To learn more about the pricing structure, contact our team of experts to schedule an informational surgical consultation today!

Is the tummy tuck procedure painful?

Each plastic surgery procedure carries a different level of discomfort as well as requiring different methods of anesthesia. The procedure itself is not painful. Our patients are given general anesthesia so they remain unconscious during the entire procedure.

Along with any surgery, post-operative discomfort is common and could be treated with prescription pain medication prescribed by your doctor. Do not consume other medication before consulting with your doctor or a professional.

Will I have a scar?

Since Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that requires an incision, it will leave behind some scarring. Dr. Bauer, Dr. Young and their surgical team are careful when placing the incision to make sure any scarring that occurs will be easily concealed by undergarments or a swimsuit.

We can also recommend products to use that could help minimize the scarring. Over time, the scar can fade drastically until it is barely visible.

How can I maintain my results?

You can maintain your tummy tuck results by following a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. Try to avoid weight gain as it may reverse the effects of the surgery.

Many of our patients find that after recovering from their tummy tuck procedure and seeing their amazing results, they were motivated to stay in shape to maintain their new physique.

When can I start exercising again after surgery?

Each patient recovers at a different pace. During the recovery process, it is important to listen to your body as it heals. Generally, our patients resume light walking within a few days, gentle walking within two weeks, and more strenuous exercise four to six weeks after the procedure.

Depending on the procedure, exercise can help surgical patients heal better. Patients who do not exercise regularly should begin an exercise program to help tone the muscles, reduce swelling, and lower the chance of blood clots.

Our expert, board-certified surgeons will advise when it is safe to return to your normal workout routine. Avoid vigorous exercise until you can do it comfortably.


It is important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. For over 20 years, Arkansas Plastic Surgery has served the central Arkansas region. You can trust us to provide you with the natural and long-lasting results you’re looking for. Begin your discussion today!


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