About Tummy Tuck Surgery
For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat within the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to lose it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the primary reasons why someone may not be able to attain a tighter and slimmer abdomen. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that successfully transforms the stomach area, creating amazing results for patients. Columbus, OH plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Dorner performs abdominoplasty that varies on the individual's cosmetic goals. This popular surgery at Dorner Plastic Surgery allows patients the chance to have a redefined physique and renewed confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles before contacting us for your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I love Dr. Dorner and his staff, had a tummy tuck and love the results, everyone is super friendly and they make you feel soo comfortable...like your part of their family...I will definitely be going back for more procedures and I have been referring alot of people to him."- D.H. / Facebook / Oct 04, 2016
"Had a tummy tuck and couldn’t be happier!"- P.S. / Google / May 28, 2018
"Revision Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation - Columbus, OH - Let me start off with saying doctor Dorner is a great doctor I had a full tummy tuck and augmentation done on a Friday morning and by Monday I wasn't in any real pain and up walking around . Not to mention I had the same procedures done 7months before by a different doctor and was in pain for weeks and in so much discomfort . Iam so happy with the results and would only recommend doctor Dorner"- M. / RealSelf / Aug 01, 2013
"Circumfrential Tummy Tuck W Lipo - Dublin, OH - Im 8 weeks and 3 days po. I have swell hell days, recently had a few days with no swelling at all:) my incision is beautiful now, a few raised areas I believe are sutures but waiting for my ps to evaluate. Skins still tight but softening has come a long way from week one. I hope soon I can stop wearing spanx. Doc says I can but I just feel better with it on. The outcome is amazing, and I have no regrets this far. I had a rough start in the beginning, afraid I made a bad choice, and drains were so annoying, but so glad I did it. After 4 healthy babies this was all worth it. Hope to post again soon and see how the healings going. Ask questions and ill answer the best I can. "- T. / RealSelf / Feb 25, 2013
"When All else Fails - If you've read my first procedure review, you know what's happening. If not, I'll give a brief synopsis for you.Back in 2016; I worked my a** off, literally. After losing 90 pounds I was left with stubborn belly fat and saggy skin around my abdomen. It was really affecting me and my view of my body. I worked extremely hard and felt I had nothing to show for it. Enter in, Dr. Dorner.I had my tummy tuck with muscle repair and liposuction done in September of 2016. 12 weeks into recovery..........Pregnant.I was extremely worried. I had just had this major abdominal surgery and now it was going to be undone; would it be okay for the baby, is it going to be too tight, would there be any complications? I had an amazing OB/GYN and it turned out her brother is a plastic surgeon. She said that she has had several patients that have had a tummy tuck and then had babies, with little complications, although they hadn't been as soon after.Long story short, everything turned out fine. I was fine, baby was fine (although she was breech and we couldn't get her to turn - no matter how hard we tried) and she was born in August of 2017.During my pregnancy I gained about 29 pounds. After my pregnancy, I gained additional weight. You know....new baby, whatever sleep I could get, nursing..these things took priority. I have managed to lose 23 pounds. So that's great, but it hasn't been lost from where I want. I've been trying hard, not as hard as before but still hard and the fats just not budging.I saw Dr. Dorner today for a consultation; after looking at the areas around my hips, he agreed and said he could perform liposuction with no issues. He did ask if I had had any drastic weight loss prior to my tummy tuck because I have more skin than he'd expect for someone who gained a small amount during pregnancy. I can't fault him for asking, I doubt he remembers my previous history, so I said yes. He briefly mentioned a posterior body tuck which I guess is like a tummy tuck for the backside. No thanks. Just the lipo please. I can live with my cellulite and not have to finance a down payment on a house.The quote was less than I imagined so I'm fairly certain this is going to happen. Just have to plan when; it looks like it will be shortly before mother's day, he's good at what he does and books out pretty far, plus it'll be my gift to myself."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 10, 2020
Tummy Tuck Ideal Candidates
Abdominoplasty can be performed on both women and men. If you battle loose skin as well as excess fat in the abdominal region, this surgical treatment can help restore a tighter and slimmer physique. Dr. Dorner recommends you to be at a healthy weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure — it addresses loose skin. Liposuction is often implemented during surgery to remove fat. If your tummy section has healthy skin tightness, but you are still unhappy with your appearance even on a healthy diet, you may be a better candidate for liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy so that the surgical outcomes are not impacted.
Tummy Tuck Surgical Technique
Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Dorner, which is tailored for the patient's needs. For starters, the incision length is selected based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with severe sagging skin may require a full tummy tuck. This method places the incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. Other patients who have minimal skin laxity may be better suited for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery, but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the method, all tummy tuck procedures at Dorner Plastic Surgery involve the removal of loose skin and fat removal.
What to Expect with Tummy Tuck
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to help control swelling. Walking and standing will be difficult at first, so you should rest for a couple days. Standing becomes easier once the muscles relax and the incision begins to heal. Most patients should be able to resume normal activities around two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to two months or when you are cleared by Dr. Dorner. The abdomen will feel sore and tight, but you will feel normal after recovering.
Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consult, Dr. Dorner will create your unique treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. He will be better able to estimate your costs once the type of tummy tuck has been selected, what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. To make sure you receive high-quality results from a skilled plastic surgeon, Dorner Plastic Surgery helps to make your tummy tuck as affordable as possible by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest medical financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Dorner will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, he can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to address issues in the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have problems below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen as well as the hips and upper thighs.
What will my scars look like?
The incisions needed for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Dorner makes the smallest, thinnest incisions possible to limit scars. He also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be easily concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it is important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal flat and blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can still get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Dorner recommends that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to get more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Dorner, talk to him about all of your concerns so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for a custom body contouring. If you are trying to improve your whole body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be a candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out abdomen that creates hanging skin. We know it can be a daily struggle — surgery is generally the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdomen, regardless of the severity, tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Dorner in the Dublin and Columbus, OH area can help you achieve the look you want. Please contact Dorner Plastic Surgery to learn more.