Tummy Tuckin Vancouver, WA & Portland, OR

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A tummy tuck provides a firmer and flattened stomach. It can help deliver a striking figure and eliminate any unwanted fat or excess skin in the area.

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.

You can achieve stronger muscles and a more defined figure through a tummy tuck procedure at The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, located in Vancouver. Our team of experts, led by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Workman, can help guide you through our state-of-the-art body contouring solutions.

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.

Is a Tummy Tuck right for me?

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

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 some patients may find that the scar will remain. Whenever possible, Dr. Workman hides the incision line along the natural folds of the skin.

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

The tummy tuck procedure can also help improve certain aspects of your life, including self-esteem. You’ll be more comfortable in certain clothing and may find that you are more confident in two-piece bathing suits or midriff-baring tops. Many patients report feeling more comfortable in their skin, especially following a pregnancy or weight loss surgery.

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 or loose skin from your abdomen, you are definitely a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss tool, so excess amounts of fat cannot be eliminated through this procedure alone. 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. The procedure is ideal for anyone who has struggled to see results through diet and exercise or even non-surgical options.

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

While Dr. Workman will do his best to hide the incision line against the natural contours of the skin, there will still be scarring after the incision heals. After a few months, your abdominal scars will flatten out and lighten in color, and it can take up to a year to have them reach their final stage. As the years pass, you’ll likely notice it starting to fade away. Any scarring will be discreet and can be covered by undergarments or other clothing.

Tummy tuck recovery timeline?

Recovery following a tummy tuck procedure will vary based on the extent of treatment required and each patient’s unique healing process. 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?

The cost of a tummy tuck procedure will include many things, such as the extent of treatment required, the types of techniques used, as well as the cost of the surgical team, anesthesia, the operating room, and more. If you are combining a tummy tuck with another procedure, such as a body lift or mommy makeover, the final cost will include your additional treatments. Price ranges vary and are based on your individualized procedure. Please call us to schedule your personalized complimentary consultation at 360-896-6000.

Is a tummy tuck safe?

All surgical and non-surgical procedures come with some level of risk. Thankfully, when you trust a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Workman and his team of professionals, you can greatly reduce your risk of any surgery-related complications, including bleeding, infection, and anesthesia-related issues. During your initial consultation and prior to undergoing your procedure, Dr. Workman can review the potential risks associated with abdominoplasty so you can have a clear understanding of the procedure.

How soon will I see results?

The results of a tummy tuck procedure are technically immediate, but it can take up to six months for the final results to reveal themselves. You will have to wait for the swelling and bruising to subside, which can take several weeks to months. The incision will fade away over time, with most patients noticing a fainter scar line by the end of the first year.

Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?

A tummy tuck is intended to be a permanent procedure, meaning the excess skin that was trimmed away and any fat that was removed will not return. However, this does not mean that you cannot gain more weight or stretch out the area again. If patients do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, they may find that they fluctuate in weight again and reverse the effects of their treatment.

Will I need any follow-up procedures?

A tummy tuck is intended to be a one-time procedure, but there are occasions where patients may find that they wish for a further correction after the final results have been revealed. In general, most patients will not need follow-up procedures or other surgery, unless they desire more correction or additional procedures to help complete their look.

Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

A tummy tuck can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or it can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures. Most commonly, the tummy tuck is included in the mommy makeover, which can feature other treatments, such as liposuction and breast augmentation. Alternatively, some patients may want to focus on the lower half of their body, improving beyond their midsection to enhance their flanks, thighs, buttocks. A Brazilian butt lift or lower body lift might be recommended in conjunction with a tummy tuck to help achieve the desired results.

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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 302
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 321-9099