Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck Overview

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive to achieve. Often times diet and exercise alone cannot help to accomplish these goals.


Factors which put women at an increased risk for excess skin and fat include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Significant fluctuations in weight
  • Heredity
  • Prior surgery


A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, aims to remove excess fat and skin and helps to restore weakened or separated muscles creating a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.

Before & After Images

Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large

Why Choose Dr. Chahin?

Dr. Chahin prides himself in providing his patients with an environment of safety, comfort and care along with a high level of skill and expertise in the field of plastic surgery. Over 20 years of surgical experience has allowed him to build his practice in such a way that you will feel at ease and confident throughout your entire journey. Dr. Chahin strives to achieve natural looking, attractive results with a minimal recovery time and high patient satisfaction. With utilizing the most advanced, safest and least invasive techniques available in today’s sophisticated world of plastic surgery, he is specialized in providing the ultimate refinement of his skills in body contouring, facial aesthetics and breast sculpturing surgical techniques. Dr. Chahin provides his patients with an individualized plan, highlighting his exquisite attention to detail and personal touch. Through kindness, sophistication and exceptional quality of work, Dr. Chahin and his experienced team of staff members will go above and beyond to ensure their patients’ profound confidence and satisfaction.

“Thank you for all of your patience and help, I appreciate you and all of the work you do for the office and your patience. Thank you for always being there whenever I had questions. Everything you do, you do with a welcoming spirit.”

“Dear Dr. Chahin,
We wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you for your fantastic care of my daughter. Your quality and integrity as a surgeon and more fundamentally as a human being.”

“Dearest Doc,
Every day is a special day for your patients to have you! How lucky and grateful we all are for all of your expertise and care you give to each person.”

– Thank You, Ann

Final Thoughts

This surgery is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate diet or exercise program. It cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised. Tummy tuck surgery can also be done in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as liposuction. Dr. Chahin will discuss with you these procedures, and what is mutually felt to be the best method of treatment to aid in achieving optimal results for you.

Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty FAQ

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to create a slimmer, firmer, flatter abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal wall muscles. It is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits.

You will be placed into a compression garment that will help reduce your swelling during the early postoperative period. You will be strongly encouraged to wear this garment continuously for two to three weeks following surgery.

Yes, you can get liposuction of what is considered as “safe zone areas of the abdomen” such as the love-handles and lateral torso, at the same time as a tummy-tuck procedure. Typically, it is recommended to avoid liposuction of the central area of abdominal wall itself at the same time as abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck) because of increased risk of vascularity “blood supply” compromise resulting in delayed wound healing.

Walking is encouraged the day after surgery with back slightly bent, but we recommend waiting about seven days before trying to stand up straight. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting are limited until six weeks following surgery. Swelling will be present for two to three months after surgery.

Abdominoplasty resulting from massive weight loss can sometimes be considered a functional procedure by your insurance carrier.

Abdominoplasty surgery may be safely performed at the same time as a hernia repair or hysterectomy. Insurance may cover the hernia repair or hysterectomy, but the abdominoplasty portion is often deemed to be a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by insurance.