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Tummy Tuck Northern Virginia

Many North Virginia tummy tuck patients have concerns regarding excess skin and sometimes fat deposits on their abdomen, despite frequently exercising and dieting. This is because diet and exercise cannot do anything to help remove excess skin and so many patients are left feeling insecure and desire a tummy tuck to help contour their stomach.


    What is a Tummy Tuck?

    Most tummy tuck patients choose to undergo the procedure after pregnancy or significant weight loss has altered their abdomen. A tummy tuck procedure, medically known as abdominoplasty, is designed to remove excess skin on the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles. This surgery helps patients to achieve a restored abdomen, with a flatter and more contoured result. 

    What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

    A tummy tuck procedure has numerous potential benefits. With a 94% worth-it rating on RealSelf, previous tummy tuck patients have experienced abdominoplasty benefits that include:

    • Helping the stomach become flatter and more contoured
    • Removal of excess skin on the abdomen
    • Tightening of the abdominal muscles
    • Achieving long-term or even permanent results

    Who is a Suitable Tummy Tuck Candidate?

    Individuals who have concerns about the appearance of their abdomen after significant weight loss or pregnancy are potentially suitable candidates for a tummy tuck procedure. However, all potential patients must be medically reviewed during their consultation to ensure they are able to undergo the surgery. Generally, suitable candidates will include those who:

    • Have concerns over excess skin on their abdomen
    • Are in good physical health 
    • Are non-smokers

    As well as determining your medical suitability for a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Tattelbaum will also assess your suitability for the various tummy tuck techniques. During your consultation, Dr. Tattelbaum will perform an assessment of your abdomen in order to determine which surgical technique is most appropriate for you. This assessment will include a pinch test, where Dr. Tattelbaum will grasp the skin at the bottom of the abdomen to determine the extent of loose skin. Furthermore, Dr. Tattelbaum will examine the abdominal wall in order to establish to what extent the abdominal wall has separated and whether you will benefit more from a full or mini tummy tuck to tighten the muscle. 

    How is a Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed? 

    Although the specific surgical technique will impact the exact details of the procedure, a tummy tuck procedure always needs a relatively long incision line to be able to access the excess skin and muscle of the abdomen. This incision line is most commonly created horizontally across the bottom of the abdomen running between a patient’s hips. Any excess skin on the abdomen will be removed and the muscles can be tightened before the incision line is closed using stitches.

    Dr. Tattelbaum does tend to leave one drain after a tummy tuck procedure. Drains are often left in place following a tummy tuck procedure to allow the fluid that accumulates to leave the abdomen. The drain will usually be taken out after the first or second post op visit and will generally not result in an additional surgical scar as Dr. Tattelbaum tends to bring the drain out through the right hip incision. 

    Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures In Northern Virginia 

    Depending on the particular areas and extent of concerns that the patient wishes to have addressed, there are numerous techniques that can be performed for a tummy tuck procedure. 

    Full Tummy Tuck 

    There are two common types of tummy tuck procedures: full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck. The surgical procedures for both are very similar. However, the main difference between the two is that the full tummy tuck addresses issues with the entire abdomen. Making this technique more appropriate for patients with concerns regarding both the lower and upper abdomen.

    The procedure is performed by creating an incision line across the bottom of the abdomen that runs from hip to hip. From this incision, the muscles of the abdomen can then be tightened allowing the excess skin to be removed. This technique may involve creating a new hole for the belly button which will be discussed and covered in more detail during your consultation.

    Mini Tummy Tuck 

    A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, addresses the lower region of the abdomen. Thus making it suitable for patients with less excess skin or those who only have concerns about the lower half of their stomach. The incision line is created across the bottom of the abdomen and is normally shorter than the incision that is created for a full tummy tuck procedure since the upper part of the abdomen does not need to be accessed. 

    Fleur-de-lis Tummy Tuck

    This specific tummy tuck technique is more extensive than the other techniques and is most suitable for weight loss patients who have a significant amount of excess skin across their abdomen. The technique removes excess skin vertically, the same way as a full tummy tuck, and horizontally to ensure all loose skin is removed. By doing so, this technique requires an additional vertical incision line on the abdomen area meaning that the scarring from this surgery is more extensive in comparison to the other tummy tuck procedures.


    Some patients who may be heavier, older, or are not physically healthy enough to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, might be recommended a panniculectomy procedure to reduce any chance of significant risk. A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a wedge of fat and skin in the lower abdomen in addition to the patient’s belly button. Healthline explains that a panniculectomy differs from a typical tummy tuck procedure due to the fact that the abdominal muscles are not tightened during this specific procedure.

    Recovering from a Tummy Tuck Procedure

    Dr. Tattelbaum will provide recovery information and aftercare instructions that all of our patients should follow. These instructions will include information on the likely side effects after undergoing the procedure and tips for helping reduce these side effects, such as wearing compression garments, drinking plenty of water and using cold compresses to help with swelling. 

    Following a tummy tuck procedure, pain medications will be prescribed to help with any pain or discomfort experienced during the initial stages of recovery. Patients are advised to take at least two weeks off work to give themselves time to heal and recover. The exact recovery time will vary for patients, and according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, a patient’s recovery can depend on many factors, including:

    • Your age 
    • Your physical health 
    • Your body weight 
    • The surgical technique that was used
    • How much skin or fat was removed
    • Personal recovery times 

    Tummy Tuck Scars

    It is crucial that all potential patients are aware that scarring is an inevitable part of the procedure. The incision line that needs to be created for a tummy tuck is also relatively large compared to some cosmetic procedures since the incision line generally runs from hip to hip.

    However, Dr. Tattelbaum plans his incision lines low in the bathing suit line so that scarring can be kept as low as possible and is easily covered by your underwear or bathing suit. Each patient’s genetics will impact the appearance of the scar as well.

    Additionally, scar treatments such as oils or creams can be used when the incision sites have healed to help these scars fade. 

    Tummy Tuck Cost Northern Virginia

    The average cost of undergoing various tummy tuck in Northern Virginia varies due to the surgical technique used by Dr. Tattelbaum to perform the specific abdominoplasty procedure. This includes:

    • Tummy Tuck – $8,900 (includes frontal flank liposuction as necessary)
    • Fleur-de-lis Tummy tuck – $9,900
    • Mini-Tummy Tuck – $7,900 (includes upper abdominal liposuction as necessary)
    • Liposuction – $4,600 first site
    • Liposuction – $2,800 additional sites

    To learn more about our costs, you can view our fees page.

    Potential Risks

    As with any cosmetic procedure, undergoing a tummy tuck procedure does have potential risks including:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Poor wound healing
    • Fluid accumulation 
    • Tissue damage

    Tummy Tuck Before and After

    Schedule A Consultation In Northern Virginia 

    Anyone looking for a tummy tuck in Northern Virginia should spend time researching the various surgical techniques available, along with understanding the potential risks of undergoing their chosen procedure.

    Additionally, all potential patients should ensure they have a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to check their suitability for the procedure and to receive expert advice.

    To find out more information about the various tummy tuck procedures or schedule a consultation with Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tattelbaum.

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