Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) | Pittsburgh, PA
Although many people crave a flat stomach, the reality is that sometimes, whether due to age, pregnancy, weight loss or weight gain, people have excess stomach fat and skin. Depending on how much excess skin and how old a person is, exercise is not always the only solution to this issue. If your excess stomach skin concerns you and you’re looking to tighten and firm your tummy area, schedule a tummy tuck consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey R. Antimarino.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
An abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck” is a common procedure that tightens the abdominal wall and stomach appearance. Pregnancy, weight loss and the natural aging process can contribute to the development of excess skin and stretch marks of the lower abdomen. These factors can also lead to increased laxity and possibly separation of the muscles of the abdominal wall causing a “pooch” in the lower abdomen.
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
For questions concerning tummy tuck cost, schedule a virtual or in-person consultation.
Liposuction at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery FAQ:
- Is Dr. Antimarino a board certified plastic surgeon?
Yes, Dr. Antimarino is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
- How many years of plastic surgery training has Dr. Antimarino had?
Dr. Antimarino received his medical degree from Creighton University. He went on to train in general surgery and plastic surgery at the University of Southern California (USC), one of the premier surgical training programs in the country. Dr. Antimarino completed his training in 2001 and balanced teaching at USC with developing his own practice. He fully developed his own practice in 2006 and relocated to Pittsburgh a year later. Dr. Antimarino continues to maintain his California medical license.
- Does Dr. Antimarino have hospital privileges in Pittsburgh to perform this procedure?
Dr. Antimarino holds privileges at Excela Westmoreland, Latrobe Hospital, and UPMC East Hospital. He is also on staff at the wound center at Excela Westmoreland and Director of Breast Reconstruction.
What to Expect During Your Tummy Tuck at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery
A tummy tuck procedure is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. Once the excess skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired to flatten the abdomen. Then, the excess skin is removed to complete the recontouring of the abdominal wall.
Other procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and arm lifts can often be combined with the tummy tuck procedure. These combinations do not add downtime to the procedure.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
A tummy tuck requires approximately 2-3 weeks of downtime. Drains are routinely used to remove normal, postoperative fluids in the first 1-2 weeks. Patients wear a supportive abdominal binder for approximately 3 weeks.
Exercise and most activities are resumed by 3 weeks. For more information on tummy tuck results, check out our “Tummy Tuck Before and After” page.
Request a Consultation with Pittsburgh Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
If you feel you are ready to remove excess skin around your abdomen, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino. A consultation at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery is an opportunity to ask questions and have a detailed discussion about a tummy tuck procedure. With locations in Shadyside, Monroeville, Robinson, and Greensburg, it’s easy to schedule your private consultation or a virtual consultation on a HIPAA compliant website with Bellissimo Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa.