Tummy Tuck Overview
A tummy tuck procedure by a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. John Williams, is designed to reshape the lower abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. Ideal candidates for the tummy tuck procedure are men and women, who are healthy, at a stable weight, have realistic expectations for the outcome, and have excess skin and fat around the abdomen that cannot be changed with diet and exercise.
Abdominoplasty at John Williams MD, Plastic Surgery is usually performed in conjunction with liposuction so the entire abdomen can be contoured at the same time. If the abdominal muscles have become weakened or have separated during pregnancy, also known as a diastasis rectus, they will be stitched back together during the surgery. This will help create a narrower waist and will strengthen the supporting structures of the abdominal wall. After a tummy tuck, Dr. Williams prefers that his patients spend the night at the after care center to be cared for by experienced surgical nurses. Dr. Williams has performed many successful tummy tucks resulting in a flat, firm, and beautiful contour often leaving patients thrilled with their new shape.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr Williams is a GREAT Surgeon. I had several procedures done and each of the procedures went Very Very well and I was Very HAPPY with each of them. Dr. Williams is Wonderful to work with and he will always treat you with respect. I would Highly Recommend anyone looking to have any kind of procedure done, to go and see Dr Williams. He will take GREAT Care of you. He Is The BEST!!!!!!!!"- K.R. / Google / Sep 15, 2018
"This review is long overdue. After having two kids and going through the cycles of gaining weight and losing it, 80 pounds with my first, and 40 with my second while I gotten below my pre baby weight I couldn’t get back to my pre baby body. That’s when I decided to explore a mommy make over. I did my research and met with a couple surgeons in the valley and while they were all very skilled and highly recommend I hadn’t found the right one and was about to give up. That is when a friend in the medical profession recommended Dr Williams. From the moment you walk into his office his staff is 100 percent welcoming an puts all their focus and attention on to you. As soon as my husband and I met Dr Williams we knew we had found my surgeon. There was an instant level of comfortability with him. He took the time to listen to what I wanted out of my surgery and then made a number of recommendations. As we were talking through the process I could tell he was meticulous, thorough, and wanted to make sure my satisfactions his patient was priority number one. He spent as much time as we needed going over the process and answering any questions that we had. The morning of my surgery he met with my husband and I and once again answered questions we had, his approach and kindnesses put me at ease as I was very nervous. He even personally called my husband and updated him on the surgery after a long 7 hour procedure on a Friday when most people are looking to get out the door and start their weekend. After my surgery while recovering overnight one of my nurses made the remark that Dr Williams patient always have little swelling, bruising, and bleeding because compared to other Surgeons they see. Dr Williams even stopped by on a Saturday morning and made sure I was comfortable with my after care instructions and ready to go home. Fast forward 6 months and I could not be happier with my results. I have my 20 year old body back. My confidence has skyrocketed and this summer I was actually able to wear a two piece at the lake without feeling self conscious about how I perceived my post baby body looked. I am so happy I found Dr Williams. I couldn’t be happier with the results. I cannot thank him and his amazing staff enough."- K.C. / Google / Aug 08, 2019
"I am beyond thrilled with the procedures I had done with Dr Williams. I’m January I had a tummy tuck and I loved it so much that I had some additional lipo done last week. Both experiences and follow up were great. His staff is wonderful as well. Beyond happy with the results!"- L.M. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2020
"Once I met with Dr. Williams there was no question who I would be putting my trust in. - Deciding to have cosmetic surgery and choosing the right doctor for me was a process. I was looking at having a breast lift with augmentation and a tummy tuck. After researching the procedures I wanted to have done, I met with several doctors over the course of a couple of years. I had consultations with three plastic surgeons in Arizona after moving here from New York where I had met with 3 others. I chose the doctors based on their reputations and referrals from friends. Due to my own medical issues and special needs, I wanted to be sure I was making the best decision for my needs. Once I met with Dr. Williams there was no question who I would be putting my trust in. From the moment I entered the office, I was made to feel comfortable. Nicole is warm, friendly and treated me as if I was the only patient, as Iâ??m sure she does with everyone. She answered many of my questions before and after my first consultation promptly and has a lot of patience and compassion. When I initially met with Dr. Williams I immediately felt comfortable. He is very down to earth and took more than ample time to answer the many questions I had for him. He is extremely patient and easy to talk to and never made me feel like I was taking up a lot of his time, which Iâ??m sure I was. I came back for another consultation with my husband and Dr. Williams showed the same bedside manner as I asked most of the same questions and went over every detail again with him. This was a huge part of my decision in choosing Dr. Williams. Knowing that I would be coming to his office for several months, I wanted to be sure whoever I chose was someone I felt comfortable speaking with just as much as his ability as a surgeon. I felt comfortable with Dr. Williams and Nicole from day one and after the procedure. I feel even more confident in my choice to have him as my surgeon. As soon as I was out of surgery, Dr. Williams called my mother 2,500 miles away to assure her I was okay and answered questions she had. He saw me the following morning and went over all the details with me. Nicole was on top of every detail beforehand and even more so after the procedures. Whenever I called or emailed, I was answered immediately regardless of the day or time. For a somewhat high maintenance patient such as myself with a lot of questions and concerns, I could not be happier. Even with all the research I did prior to the surgery, I still expected to be the one person who takes off the bandages and head to the beach. Obviously that is not what happened, but Nicole and Dr. Williams continued to reassure me through the healing process and now three months post-op, the results of my breast lift and tummy tuck are amazing! Dr. Williams achieved the natural look I was hoping to have in my breasts and although my tummy is still healing, I see a huge difference and look forward to the final results. I am so happy I chose Dr. Williams. From start to finish him and Nicole have taken care of everything I needed, including the extra emotional support. I would recommend him highly to anyone looking for a plastic surgeon. Thank you again for everything!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jan 27, 2016
"I cannot express enough how much Dr. Williams has changed my life. I had always struggled with my weight, even as a child. I had recently lost a significant amount of weight but was still not happy with what I was seeing in the mirror. There was a lot of excess skin. I tried exercise, wraps, sculpting, nothing helped. Even though my weight and size reflected a thinner person, I felt horrible. I went for my consult with Dr. Williams and it changed my life forever. I had the tummy tuck and breast lift with augmentation. I can wear a bikini now, and it looks good! I have never been able to say that! I almost cannot believe it is my body when I look in the mirror. I know there are critics of plastic surgery. My experience was AMAZING. Dr. Williams and his staff did an excellent job! I am not sure they realize the impact they had on my life and I cannot thank them enough. Even if your skeptical, call. It could change your life too."- R.C. / Google / May 26, 2018
Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Patients considering a tummy tuck surgery should be at or near their goal weight. Our doctor believes that this surgery garners the most effective results once all pregnancies have been completed and additional weight gain can be avoided. In general, good candidates for tummy tucks are men or women who demonstrate:
- Excess or sagging skin of the abdomen
- Abdominal contour that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of the body
- Stable weight if excessive skin is due to massive weight loss
- Weakened and separated abdominal muscles (due to pregnancy)
- Excess fatty tissue that is located primarily in the abdomen
What to Expect with Tummy Tuck
During the initial consultation, our dedicated team will evaluate the overall health of the skin and assess skin quality, looseness, and the amount of fat that is present in the abdominal region. This will help our surgeon to develop an individual surgical plan. Some patients will only require minor tightening, known as a mini tummy tuck, whereas others will require a more extensive approach, which is a full tummy tuck. The difference is in the size of the incision as well as how much skin and fat can be removed. During surgery, a horizontal incision is placed just above the pubic area. The incision extends laterally toward the hipbones and the length depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The skin and fat are elevated, the muscles are tightened and the excess skin and fat are removed.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
After tummy tuck surgery, patients will need to be very careful as they attempt to stand straight and begin moving around. Because of the tightening effect, it may take 3-5 days before patients are standing fully upright. Swelling and bruising are expected, but the use of an abdominal compression garment will help with this. There will be some numbness over portions of the abdominal area, and this may persist for several months. Patients may return to light activities within 2 weeks from surgery, and can expect a full recovery within 6-8 weeks. The outcome following this surgery is a tighter, flatter tummy with no more loose, hanging skin. Scarring is typically not seen as the incision is placed inconspicuously and is generally hidden by undergarments and bathing suit bottoms.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,000 - $11,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-5 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 months
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Overnight Stay
Attain a Flat Tummy
Tummy tuck surgery has changed the lives of countless men and women. In particular, women who have completed pregnancies or have lost a significant amount of weight find that this surgery allows them to reclaim their figure once again. If you have loose and sagging skin in your abdominal region and ready to attain a flat tummy, please call our plastic surgery office today and schedule a consultation with our acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon.