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Tummy Tuck in Philadelphia

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Flatten and Contour with a Tummy Tuck

Discover flatter abs and a smaller waist at StarkMD in Philadelphia

The abdomen is a problem area for many women — not only those who are overweight. Over time, fluctuations in weight, aging and childbirth cause the muscles to weaken and stretch leading to droopy skin and protrusion. No amount of exercise or dieting is able to correct this or restore the appearance of a tight, contoured abdomen. That's where our Philadelphia tummy tuck comes in.

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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 plastic surgery office, he will help you identify the safest and most effective surgical plan individualized for your needs.

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What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is more formally called abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck, 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.

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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 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 done?

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.

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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 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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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Does it hurt?

There will be mild to moderate pain or discomfort following the procedure. Dr. Stark utilized Exparel, a long-acting numbing medication that provides up to 72 hours of pain relief after the procedure. Rest assured that Dr. Stark and his team will take every step possible to make you as comfortable as possible. Most discomfort can be easily treated and alleviated with pain medication.

Does insurance cover my surgery?

It is best to discuss your coverage options with your insurance provider. Typically tummy tucks are not covered by private insurance because it is considered cosmetic. However, StarkMD offers payment and financing options for your convenience.

What can I do after my tummy tuck?

To fully heal and get the best results, strenuous activity will not be recommended after your procedure. Along with avoiding intense exercise, you will be wearing a compression garment for about four to six weeks. This is to ensure the best results. While the process might cause a temporary disruption in routine, patients can start to walk around as they start to heal. This will be a slow process at first, but as your body properly heals, you will gradually get back to normal, with your great results starting to show. You can return to work as you continue to heal after approximately one to two weeks.

How long do I need to wait to see the results?

Noticeable results will start to show after about four weeks. However, the process of completely healing will take much longer than that because of the nature of the procedure. Getting complete results after 3 to 6 months may seem like a long time to wait, which is why Dr. Stark and his team emphasize comfort and understanding throughout the process.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

A tummy tuck and liposuction might seem like they produce similar results, but in fact, they are very different. Liposuction typically only removes excess fat, but a tummy tuck does much more than that. Liposuction cannot repair damaged abdominal muscles that have been weakened throughout life. A tummy tuck can repair and tighten those muscles in the abdomen while removing excess skin. A liposuction procedure cannot do much for excess or loose skin. In most cases, liposuction is added to a tummy tuck procedure to offer significant contouring in problem areas.

What should I do to prepare for my tummy tuck?

Dr. Stark makes sure the time leading up to your procedure is as stress-free as possible. Making sure you are in overall good health before your tummy tuck helps make the overall operation successful. This includes maintaining a good diet and lifestyle. Dr. Stark and his team tailor every surgery to the patient so you can rest assured that decisions will be based on your needs.

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Schedule a tummy tuck consultation

If you are interested in a tummy tuck Philadelphia plastic surgeon, Dr. Stark will initially consult with you, as it's the best way to ensure all of your questions about getting a tummy tuck are answered and the easiest way for you to know you’re in good hands with your decision. Schedule a private tummy tuck consultation with StarkMD by calling the office, making an appointment, and taking the first steps towards a more confident version of your best self. Your health and comfort are our top priorities.

Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Stark brings decades of experience and training to each consultation. When you meet with Dr. Stark, he takes the time to give you information and options, so you can have confidence in your decision to move forward with the best procedure for you. Confidence. Personalized care. Impeccable results. That’s the Stark Difference. Discover that difference yourself by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stark today.

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