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If you are looking for a firmer, flatter midsection, a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, might be right for you. Both pregnancy and severe weight fluctuations can take a toll on the body. Excess weight damages your abdominal muscles and stretches the skin creating a bulge that diet and exercise cannot resolve.

This problem cannot be reversed even after you rebound to your healthy pre-pregnancy weight or reach a weight goal you’ve set with diet, exercise and living a healthier lifestyle. A tummy tuck repairs loosened abdominal muscles, removes excess fat, and tightens your abdomen for a firmer, more attractive body contour.

Here at Arizona Aesthetic Associates, our board certified plastic surgeons perform the best tummy tuck in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Gilbert, AZ.*

*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetic Associates.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Although a tummy tuck is popular in women wanting to restore their pre-baby body, and for those who have lost a large amount of weight, a tummy tuck can be performed on any person, male or female, who is tired of seeing loose skin and unsightly stubborn fat on the abdomen.

In addition to a traditional tummy tuck, we perform many plus size tummy tucks in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Gilbert as well. This procedure is specifically for those who have a much more substantial amount of loose and sagging skin, from extreme weight loss.

A tummy tuck can have an amazing impact on your appearance and self-confidence.

You might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you have:

  • Lost a dramatic amount of weight but the tummy still bulges
  • You have excess skin and tissue hanging on the lower abdomen
  • You are in good general health
  • You have no plans for additional pregnancies. A tummy tuck can still be done if you are planning future pregnancies, but the tummy tuck result will partially be undone by the pregnancy.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

If you have struggled with loose skin and fat that has been impossible to resolve with diet and exercise, a tummy tuck can help restore a toned, firm abdomen.

The procedure reduces excess loose skin to reveal a slimmer, more contoured appearance that will look alluring in even the most revealing swimsuit or lingerie. With a more youthful appearance, you may begin to enjoy the activities you once avoided – you can be proud to show off your firm, taut tummy and figure.

A tummy tuck may be the jumpstart you need to embark on a more healthy and confident lifestyle.

Understanding the Procedure

When you come in to our office for a tummy tuck in Scottsdale, Phoenix or Gilbert, it will involve removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen and, in most procedures, tightening the abdominal muscles if they are loose or appear separated. It is typically performed under general anesthesia, though intravenous sedation with a local anesthetic may be an option. Our surgeon will discuss all the details with you before your surgical appointment.

While complications with tummy tucks are rare, no surgery is without its risks. Prior to your scheduled procedure, we recommend you start a regular exercise and nutrition routine. If you are in good physical condition, you will have a faster recovery and will be less likely to experience any post-procedure side effects or complications.

Recovery After a Tummy Tuck

You are having surgery, so it is important to understand you will need plenty of time to rest and recover. After a tummy tuck, you can expect to experience swelling in the abdomen area, which can take several months to resolve completely.

You will also encounter bruising, fatigue, as well as some pain and tenderness. Your doctor will prescribe medication to minimize any discomfort.

To ensure you have a smooth tummy tuck recovery, you will want to follow all the aftercare instructions and recommendations we provide. It will be helpful to have support with the simple tasks around the house. Make sure you have help from a friend or family member for at least 24 to 48 hours after your Phoenix tummy tuck procedure.

You many not feel like doing much other than resting and sleeping for a day or two following your procedure, but we encourage you to get up and move around at least every few hours to increase circulation to help speed your recovery.

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Why choose Arizona Aesthetic Associates for your tummy tuck?

Selecting the right plastic surgeon is the most important point in any surgical procedure. Be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has completed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures and who has a reputation for quality surgical work.*

*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetic Associates.

It is important to feel comfortable with the surgeon and their team who will be assisting you with the procedure.

With offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert,AZ, Dr. Repta, Dr. Andres and Dr. LaBarbera, and the entire staff at Arizona Aesthetic Associates are committed to providing you with the top quality, individualized care. We focus on patient safety and results.

Choosing a team for a tummy tuck in Phoenix and surrounding areas has never before been so easy. Our results speak for themselves.

We are driven, as medical professionals, to achieve excellence, beauty, and results that meet or beat expectations. Our goal is to provide you with the individualized care you deserve and make the journey to a trim, more attractive abdomen as comfortable as possible – and a rewarding experience.

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