Tummy Tuckin Vancouver, WA & Portland, OR

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A tummy tuck provides a firmer and flattened stomach. Many people take advantage of a tummy tuck following weight loss to remove loose or hanging skin and it can help restore your women’s pre-pregnancy figure, which can be difficult with diet and exercise alone.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue and fat from the abdomen. A tummy tuck in Vancouver tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and removes excess tissue and fat in the stomach.

With a special focus on body contouring, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Workman frequently performs tummy tucks for his Vancouver, Portland, and Tri-Cities patients to significantly improve the appearance of the midsection by removing skin and tissue while at the same time repairing muscles that are stretched as a result of body weight changes or pregnancy.

Here are three of the main reasons why Dr. Workman performs tummy tuck:

  • as part of a mommy makeover
  • if you desire a long-lasting correction to your protruding abdomen
  • if you cannot flatten your tummy with diet and exercise

In most cases, abdominoplasty surgery is performed after a woman is finished with childbearing. The stomach muscles can get stretched during pregnancy and remain lax resulting in a potbelly appearance in spite of endless crunches and sit-ups. Sewing the muscles back to their original location can dramatically flatten the abdominal profile. For long-lasting results, it is best to wait until no more pregnancies are planned.

Types of Tummy Tucks

When it comes to getting one of the best tummy tucks in Vancouver, there are three types of tummy tuck procedures to eradicate that annoying loose skin and fatty tissue around your stomach.

  • Mini tummy tuck battles the excess skin that hangs low in the navel area of your stomach to correct laxity and enhance contours.
  • Traditional tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles and gets rid of excess skin and tissue.
  • Extended tummy tuck removes excess skin and tissue in many areas such as the back, hips, stomach, and thighs.
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Tummy Tuck Procedure in Vancouver

A tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia so you will be asleep during the operation. The procedure begins with an incision beneath your belly button on your abdomen extending from hip to hip. The incision is normally placed below the underwear line, so the scar is not visible in most clothing and swimsuits. With time, the incision fades but the scar will remain.

Dr. Workman will access the muscles of your abdomen to tighten these muscles with sutures and help achieve a firm, flat belly after your tummy tuck. Once the muscles are tightened, the excess tissue and fat are removed. Liposuction may be used to remove fat in the surrounding areas. Once the excess tissue and fat are removed, the incisions are closed.

Top Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can help you in many ways, including:

  1. Remove stretch marks, especially after a pregnancy
  2. Removes of excess and loose skin
  3. Better posture due to stronger abdominal muscles
  4. Maintain weight loss after witnessing the difference following a tummy tuck
  5. Long-lasting results
  6. Alleviate back pain with stronger stomach muscles

What is Diastasis Recti (muscle separation)?

Diastasis recti is an uncomfortable condition in which two muscles running down the stomach stretch apart and create tissue separation down the middle. It usually occurs after a pregnancy or after significant weight loss in men or women.

Diastasis recti can be unsightly or lead to debilitating back pain or hernias, making performing many regular activities, including exercise, difficult. This condition can be repaired with a tummy tuck by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing the gap. It brings the muscles back into a normal position with sutures for a firmer shape.

Caring Environment: Setting the Standard for Cosmetic Excellence

Dr. Workman is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has an extensive safety record having performed more than 400 procedures last year alone. He has a caring nature, which is why he spends time to discuss the details of any procedure. Dr. Workman will examine your stomach and review your health history to find the best solution for your particular needs.

Since 1993, Dr. Workman and his skilled and caring staff have been providing some of the best tummy tucks in Vancouver with exceptional results. They have created a comfortable environment where you can expect compassion and confidential care. At The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, you receive the highest quality and most comprehensive aesthetic care with unparalleled results.

If you are looking for the best tummy tuck Vancouver has to offer, the caring and experienced staff at The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery can provide you with the highest quality care as you make an adjustment in your lifestyle and quality of life. Call us today at (360) 896-6000 to schedule a consultation or complete the online contact form to inquire about an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Michael Workman M.D.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

If you are looking to get rid of extra fat from your abdomen, you are definitely a good candidate for a tummy tuck. For women who have lost skin elasticity after a pregnancy, a tummy tuck is also a great option. You should be in good physical health and have a stable weight.

How long does it take for scars to heal with a tummy tuck?

After a few months, your abdominal scars will flatten out and lighten in color, it can take up to a year to have them reach their final stage. Any scarring will be discreet and can be covered by undergarments or other clothing.

Tummy tuck recovery timeline?

Most Vancouver tummy tuck patients return to work in 14 days. After your abdominoplasty, you will need to rest and limit your activity for about 14 days. Dr. Workman can prescribe medication to help manage your pain. You will need to care for your incisions and surgical drains that will be placed near your incision and plan for a follow-up visit to have your sutures removed. You may need to wear compression garments to facilitate healing.

It is normal to see some swelling and bruising in the treated area following your surgery. Walking and moving around after your procedure will help with your healing and prevent blood clots. Make sure you do not bend or lift for a few days and avoid heavy lifting for three months. Note: If your primary problem is limited to excess fat, you may be a candidate for liposuction instead.

What is the cost of a tummy tuck?

Price ranges vary and are based on your individualized procedure. Please call us to schedule your personalized complimentary consultation at 360-896-6000.

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Vancouver & Portland Plastic Surgery

The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery
1405 SE 164th Ave Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 896-6000

Tri-Cities Plastic Surgery

The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery
4309 W 27th Pl Suite 202
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 321-9099