Tummy Tuck offered in Cleveland, OH

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Do you have excess fat that you can’t seem to shake no matter how much you diet and exercise?

The Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute offers an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, procedure that addresses this exact problem. By tightening your midsection and removing excess tissue and fat, our Institute can help you achieve the waistline you’ve been working towards. 

At the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute, we pride ourselves on patient education. This is why our very own Dr. Leedy visits St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to give an annual talk about options after weight-loss surgery. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve the body you want and the confidence you deserve.

Call the office or use the online form today to take the next step in your tummy tuck journey at the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that offers superior results that aren’t always achievable with just a healthy diet and regular exercise. This procedure involves making an incision along the bikini line and/or around the belly button, if the upper portion of your stomach is also a problem area. Through these incisions, abdominal muscles are tightened and excess fat and skin are removed to reveal a new you. For the best results, liposuction may be combined with a tummy tuck to achieve your body contour goals even sooner. 

  • A mini tummy tuck is also an option and is similar to a full abdominoplasty. The main difference is just the extent of the procedure. Mini tummy tucks exclusively address excess fat and skin of the lower abdomen, and they result in less scarring.

The Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute team is highly trained in abdominoplasty with many years of experience. We focus on developing the best treatment plan for your individual goals and needs. Call or click to schedule a consultation with us to find out which tummy tuck procedure is best for you.

A tummy tuck is not a suitable option for weight loss. This procedure sculpts the body into a more desirable shape but does not reduce your weight. If you are not at your desired weight, consider Semaglutide, a weight loss injection offered at the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute.This FDA approved weight loss injection suppresses hunger, helping you to eat less and lose more. Schedule a consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate for Semaglutide.

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The most frequently asked questions about Tummy Tuck

Before deciding if a tummy tuck is right for you, a specialist at our Institute will review your medical history. Your desired results will be assessed in order to determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Additionally, a physical exam will be performed to evaluate your mid section, and blood tests or other diagnostic procedures will be recommended to ensure that you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery.

If you have reached an ideal body weight but still have sagging and excess tissues due to:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetics

then a tummy tuck could be the right procedure for you.

You might undergo a tummy tuck as a stand-alone procedure or combined with other cosmetic surgeries like mommy makeover.

When preparing for your tummy tuck, be sure to follow the instructions provided to you by our specialists. You will be asked to:

  • Stop taking specific medications 
  • Avoid food and drink the morning of your surgery
  • Arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after

Before undergoing surgery, you will receive general anesthesia to put you to sleep so you won’t feel any pain. During the procedure, the surgeon will:

  • Make an incision
  • Remove excess tissue
  • Tighten the remaining abdominal muscles to create a flat midsection
  • And then close the incision

You’ll then be taken to a recovery area.

It should be noted that you might have temporary drains in your abdominal area to remove excess fluids during the healing process. You will be provided with detailed instructions on how to care for these areas.

After your tummy tuck, it’s imperative that you get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities until given the OK. Swelling is common so a compression garment, like a girdle, may be recommended to you. As time passes and your muscles, skin, and tissues heal, final results of your abdominoplasty will become more and more evident. 

You must take all medications as directed and empty your drains regularly if you have them. You may also be asked to avoid standing up straight right after surgery until the affected tissues begin to heal. Attend follow-up visits to ensure your abdomen heals correctly and to have your stitches and drains removed. 

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