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Tummy Tuck

If you are struggling with a loose and flabby abdomen, you might find it difficult to achieve a toned contour through diet and exercise. Women and men are both prone to developing excess skin and fat around their stomachs that prevents them from supporting attractive, slim silhouettes. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to eliminate excess abdominal tissue and tighten the muscles for a firmer, more toned abdominal contour.

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Who Can Benefit?

There are various tummy tuck techniques available to help you achieve the results you desire. The right technique will depend on what type of correction is required.

Natural Skin Laxity

Some patients are more prone to having natural skin laxity. They will struggle to achieve the abdominal tone they desire through diet and exercise. In many cases, this laxity is the result of the aging process that causes abdominal tissues to become weak. Patients with natural skin laxity would benefit most from a traditional tummy tuck, which removes skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles.

Post-Pregnancy Pooch

Pregnancy can dramatically weaken and stretch the abdominal tissues. For many women, their abdominal muscles become permanently loose. Women who lack definition in their abdomen following pregnancy may find it impossible to restore tone and firmness. Women with a lower post-pregnancy pooch would benefit from a mini tummy tuck, which focuses on tightening loose abdominal muscles and eliminating mild excess skin below the navel.

Excess Skin After Weight Loss

After massive weight loss, many people suffer from excess skin and fat that hangs around the abdomen. Often, this tissue accumulation occurs on the upper and lower abdomen as well as on the hips and back. Men and women may benefit from an extended tummy tuck following weight loss to remove sagging skin and tone the abdomen.

What do you desire?

Pre-Baby Stomach

It can be difficult to accept your changed body after pregnancy. If you are tired of struggling to restore your toned contours, then a tummy tuck can help. For many women, achieving their pre-baby stomach helps them feel younger and more comfortable in their bodies.

Smooth and Slender Abdomen

A tummy tuck trims away excess skin from the abdomen. Liposuction or excision can be used to remove fat to help you achieve a slimmer silhouette. Skin that remains is pulled tight to highlight your abdominal contour for a firmer, more slender abdomen.

Tighter Abdominal Muscles

Pregnancy and weight gain can cause your abdominal muscles to become loose and weak. Tummy tuck surgery stitches together your rectus muscles to correct a stomach pooch. Tightening the abdominal muscles helps strengthen your core and improves the appearance of your abdomen.

Improvement in the Appearance of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks that are present on skin that is trimmed away will be permanently removed from your abdomen. Remaining stretch marks can gain a noticeable improvement in their appearance when abdominal tissue is repositioned. While tummy tuck surgery doesn’t provide 100 percent correction to stretch marks, many patients are satisfied with the improved appearance.

Addressing Your Concerns


Bruising, swelling, and redness are common following tummy tuck surgery. You will be required to wear a compression garment following your procedure to minimize swelling and facilitate healing. You should rest for several days and restrict your activities to walking but no lifting.

Depending on the type of labor, you may be able to return to work within two weeks of your procedure. Most patients can resume their regular exercise routine after four weeks. After six weeks, most major swelling should begin to subside, and your final results will be noticeable within three months.


Tummy tuck surgery will result in some visible scarring. The length of the horizontal scar on your lower abdomen will depend on the extent of correction needed. Great care is taken to place incisions in easily concealed locations so you can cover them with clothing or swimwear. If visible scarring does develop, it will likely fade over time.


The cost of your tummy tuck will be provided after your thorough consultation. The price of every tummy tuck is determined on a patient-by-patient basis depending on the extent of correction needed to achieve your desired results. Financing options are available through CareCredit®.


It is common to experience some mild discomfort following tummy tuck surgery. Oral medication will be prescribed to control any associated pain that may occur. Dr. Bonaldi now uses an injectable anesthetic at the time of surgery that significantly reduces the postoperative pain for the first three days.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of anesthesia is used during tummy tuck surgery?

    General anesthesia is used to ensure patient comfort and safety during tummy tuck surgeries.

  • I’ve recently lost weight. When should I undergo tummy tuck surgery?

    You should be within your goal weight and should have maintained a stable weight for three months before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. You shouldn’t plan on losing a significant amount of weight following your procedure because it can negatively affect the quality of your results.

  • I have a low-sitting navel. Can a tummy tuck help correct this?

    It is common for the location of the navel to droop with the abdominal tissues. During your surgery, the navel can be repositioned to restore a natural appearance to your abdomen.

  • Will I need to stay overnight following my procedure?

    Most patients require two to three hours of monitored recovery before being released. If you experience a complication following your procedure, contact your doctor and seek further treatment.

  • What complications can develop following tummy tuck surgery?

    While complications are rare, there is always a chance that one may develop. The most common include excessive bleeding, infection, seroma, and pulmonary embolisms. It is important to carefully follow your aftercare instructions to lower the risk of developing complications.

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Bonaldi Aesthetics
Plastic Surgery & Med Spa
6630 South McCarran Blvd. Suite B20
Reno, Nevada 89509
(775) 828-7400

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