Tummy Tuck

Aging, weight gain and pregnancy may have left your tummy with stretched skin, fat accumulations and loose abdominal muscles. When diet and exercise fail to achieve the results you desire, tummy tuck surgery can produce a slimmer and more defined midsection that makes you feel more confident in your appearance. Also known as “abdominoplasty,” this procedure effectively restores a tighter, more toned, and flat abdominal area.

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Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

More Clothing Options

Many patients feel their unflattering midsection prevents them from wearing certain clothing options. Tummy tuck surgery can produce an aesthetically pleasing midsection to help you look and feel beautiful when wearing the outfit of your choice.

A Youthful Midsection

Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may find themselves struggling to get rid of stubborn fat depots and loose skin, no matter how much they exercise. Tummy tuck surgery combined with liposuction can restore your midsection to its once slim and youthful appearance.

Improved Self-Esteem

Many men and women who struggle with excess skin along their lower tummy feel insecure about the way they look. Tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve the results you desire to boost your self-esteem.


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Achieved With Tummy Tuck Surgery

A More Slender Midsection

A More Slender Midsection

Stubborn fat tends to accumulate in the abdominal area. Tummy tuck surgery removes these fat deposits to produce a leaner midsection. Liposuction is often combined with tummy tuck surgery to slim other areas of the body as well, such as the back, hips, and thighs, for an overall more slender silhouette.

More Toned Abdominal Muscles

More Toned Abdominal Muscles

The abdominal muscles can become stretched and loose over time, especially as a result of pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal muscles by suturing them together, which creates a more toned abdominal contour and improves core strength.

Smoother, Tighten Abdominal Skin

Smoother, Tighten Abdominal Skin

Skin that has stretched for a long time loses its elasticity, which means that it cannot return to its original, smooth shape. Tummy tuck surgery eliminates loose, sagging skin on the abdomen and pulls the remaining skin tight for a smooth, attractive abdominal appearance.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Your Procedure

During your procedure, an incision will be placed within the bikini line that extends from hip to hip. Excess fat will be removed and the abdominal muscles will be tightened. The skin will be draped over your new abdominal contours, and all loose skin will be removed. Incisions will be closed using surgical sutures.


Recovery Icon Recovery

The amount of time it takes to recover from a tummy tuck varies between patients. Although most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work in two to three weeks, patients should avoid all strenuous exercise and activity for at least six weeks following surgery. Dr. Spies will give you specific post operative instructions to follow to ensure the safest and most efficient recovery possible.

Scars Icon Scars

The incision for tummy tuck surgery is placed low in the pubic area, which can easily be covered by a swimsuit or underwear. In general, tummy tuck scars take one to two years to fade. Most patients hardly notice the scar once it heals.

Pain Icon Pain

Dr. Spies uses a long-acting injectable anesthetic medication called EXPAREL® that significantly reduces pain and recovery time. It is injected into the muscle repair during the procedure to lessen muscle tightness and pain.

Cost Icon Cost

The exact cost of tummy tuck surgery depends on a variety of factors, including the surgeon’s fee, facility costs, anesthesia fees, medical tests, prescriptions, and other fees. The surgeon’s fee varies depending on his or her experience, the tummy tuck technique performed, and the geographical location. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average surgeon’s fee for tummy tuck surgery is $6,253.


What type of anesthesia is used for tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Dr. Spies performs this procedure in his state-certified surgical center. The patient is constantly monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the highest degree of patient safety.

Will tummy tuck surgery remove stretch marks?

Tummy tuck surgery does not specifically address stretch marks, but stretch marks that exist on the lower abdomen will be removed with the skin that is excised.

What risks are involved with tummy tuck surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there is always the risk of a complication developing, including bleeding and infection. However, complications are rare, especially if an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is performing the procedure in an accredited facility.

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Dr. Spies' office is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, adjacent to the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Robert J. Spies, M.D.
5410 N Scottsdale Rd C 100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Tel: 480-359-1019