Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – Portland, OR*

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat in the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to lose it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the typical reasons why someone may not be able to attain a tighter and slimmer abdomen. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic enhancement that successfully transforms the stomach area, creating attractive results for patients. Portland, Oregon plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bensimon performs abdominoplasty that varies on the condition of the abdomen. This popular surgery at  Bensimon Center allows patients the chance to have a toned abdomen 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.

Ideal Candidates

Abdominoplasty can be performed on both women and men. If you cannot lose or reduce loose skin, as well as excess fat in the stomach, this surgical treatment can help create a tighter and slimmer look. Dr. Bensimon recommends you to be at a healthy weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure — it surgically corrects loose skin. Liposuction is often implemented during surgery to reduce fat. If your abdomen has healthy skin tightness, but you are still unhappy with your appearance even on a healthy diet, you may be more suited for liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy so that the surgical outcomes are not impacted.

Surgical Technique

Tummy tuck surgery is performed using IV Sedation.  Our advanced techniques for minimally invasive anesthesia help the patient to recover more quickly and to feel better immediately after surgery.  There are several methods to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Bensimon, which is applied toward the patient's needs. For starters, the incision shape and size is selected based on the amount of excess skin. The typical tummy tuck incision extends from hip to hip, just above the pubic area.  All tummy tuck procedures at Bensimon Center involve the removal of loose skin and fat.

What to Expect

After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to decrease swelling. Walking and standing will be hard to accomplish at first so you should rest for a couple of days. Resuming normal movement becomes easier once the muscles relax and the incision begins to heal. Most patients should be able to resume normal activities somewhere around two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to six weeks or when you are cleared by Dr. Bensimon. The midsection will feel sore and tight, but you will feel normal after recovering.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consult, Dr. Bensimon will create your unique procedure 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 get high-quality results from a skilled plastic surgeon, Bensimon Center helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford 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. Bensimon 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. Bensimon 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's 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. Bensimon 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. Bensimon, 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 another procedure to address multiple areas. If you are trying to improve your whole body after pregnancy, you may be a candidate for a mommy makeover.

Attain a Tighter Tummy

Many factors can lead to a stretched-out tummy that creates hanging skin. We know it can be almost impossible to correct — 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, a tummy tuck by Dr. Bensimon in Portland, OR can help you get the look you want. Please contact Bensimon Center to learn more.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.