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Tummy Tuck - The Finishing Touch

If you’ve been hiding behind baggy clothes because your stomach is not as toned as the rest of your body, it might be time to consider a tummy tuck.

Healthy people who have reached their ideal body weight through diet and exercise often still have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. This can be due to pregnancies, loss of skin elasticity due to aging or sudden extreme weight loss.

Terry Myckatyn MD, and Marissa Tenenbaum, MD, from West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, provide customized body contouring to help tone and reshape excess sagging skin through tummy tucks (abdominoplasty). A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.

- A mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, removes only a small amount of abdominal skin, resulting in a smaller scar than the standard tummy tuck. Usual recovery time for the mini is 1-2 weeks.

- The standard tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, as well as unwanted stretch marks from pregnancy and weight loss. This gives an overall tightening and flattening of the tummy. Usual recovery time for the standard tummy tuck is 2-3 weeks.

- With an extended tummy tuck, the surgeon also removes excess skin from the patient’s sides (love handles) and hips. This is sometimes performed in conjunction with liposuction. This procedure usually requires a 2-3 week recovery period.

These procedures can enhance the appearance and contour of your body and are often the last stop on your weight loss journey.

Cosmetic surgery is rarely covered by insurance, but the practice offers affordable pricing with financial options.

For more information, please visit westcountyplasticsurgeons.wustl.edu.

Patients are seen at:

Center for Advanced Medicine
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center
4921 Parkview Place, 6th Floor, Suite G
St. Louis, MO  63110

Please call 314-362-7388 to make an appointment at the above location.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Medical Building One
1040 N. Mason Road, Suite 124
Creve Coeur, MO  63141

Please call 314-996-8800 to make an appointment at the above location.

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