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A tummy tuck creates a firm and contoured abdomen. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stark regularly performs this popular procedure at the StarkMD Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center, transforming the bodies and lives of his patients. During your personal consultation with Dr. Stark at our Philadelphia area office, he will help you identify the safest and most effective surgical plan individualized for your needs.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is more formally called abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck in Philadelphia, Dr. Stark removes excess skin and fat and repairs stretched and separated abdominal muscles. The result is a return to your belly’s youthful flatness and tone. Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes three to four hours to complete.

What can a tummy tuck accomplish?

After pregnancy, fluctuations in weight and aging, many women are left with stretch marks and unwanted, excess skin. Additionally, the abdominal muscles may weaken or separate. No amount of diet or exercise can reverse these changes as even women who are in very good shape have problems with this difficult area. A tummy tuck removes the excess skin and tightens the muscles to restore a flat, contoured abdomen.

A tummy tuck in Philadelphia can:

  • Decrease belly protrusion
  • Tighten abdominal muscles
  • Narrow the waistline
  • Remove loose, sagging skin
  • Remove stretchmarks
  • Improve the contour of the abdomen 

How is a tummy tuck performed?

Many women are turned off by pictures of scars they have seen after a tummy tuck. Dr. Stark likes to make his incisions as low as possible so that they remain unseen even when wearing low-cut garments. The length of the scar depends on the amount of excess tissue that has to be removed. Dr. Stark will determine whether you are a candidate for a mini tummy tuck or require a traditional or extended tummy tuck when he sees you during your personal consultation appointment. During the actual tummy tuck procedure any muscles that have separated are brought together and tightened. Finally, excess skin is removed and the incisions are carefully and meticulously closed to minimize the appearance of the scar. While performing his abdominoplasty, Dr. Stark uses a unique method of placing internal dissolvable sutures which enhances contouring and allows a drainless recovery.

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Recovering from a tummy tuck

After surgery, you will be fitted with a compression garment which must be worn for six to eight weeks. Although most patients can return to work after about a week, you will feel some discomfort for several weeks as you heal. You should be prepared to avoid vigorous activities for at least four to six weeks. Swelling will begin to resolve about two to three weeks after surgery. The difference will already be impressive, but the full extent of your results will not be visible until after your complete recovery, about three to six months after surgery.

Your patient experience

Dr. Stark will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you walk into StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgery can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor. 

Your Philadelphia abdominoplasty consultation at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery allows the time and comfort you deserve to discuss your desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark’s considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture. 

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To learn if a tummy tuck is right for you, the next step is a private consultation with Dr. Ran Stark. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

We at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center hope this post finds all of our patients safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation starting Monday, March 16th, we will limit appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies, post-operative patients needing follow up, etc.). We are still open--feel free to call for questions or to schedule future appointments. Although a difficult decision, we feel this is an important one for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come in to the office in the next 2 weeks, the office staff will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment. For new consultations scheduled in the coming weeks or those of you who wish to schedule in the near future, we are offering video consultations via Skype or FaceTime to get your process started until we see you pre-operatively. Otherwise, you may reschedule your appointments for the soonest we have available after March 31st.

- Your team at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center