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Who Is Dr. Truong, and Why Should You Trust Him?

Dr. Truong is One of the Premiere Tummy Tuck Surgeons in Chicago: Voted One of America’s Top Surgeons in the Field of Cosmetic Surgery by Consumer’s Research Council of America

Men and women from all over the country come to Chicago to see Dr. Truong. His amazing results earned him the reputation as the "breast & body specialist," that's why he named his Chicago center, Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics. 

Dr. Truong is a board certified cosmetic surgeon with a long list of academic awards and professional accolades.

Dr. completed medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was encouraged to pursue a surgical career by his professors who saw in him the rare combination of intellect and talented hands that are the hallmarks of an excellent surgeon.

Dr. Truong served as Chief Resident at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital. During his surgical training, Dr. Truong received numerous awards and was published for his research work in skin regeneration and artificial skin.

Dr. Truong pursued his interests in aesthetic surgery by gaining acceptance to a highly competitive American Academy Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship. During his fellowship, Dr. Truong dedicated an entire year exclusively to the art and practice of Cosmetic Surgery. His training included facial rejuvenation techniques, breast and body restorative surgeries, liposuction and body sculpting, as well as minimally invasive aesthetic surgery, and laser surgery.

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Tummy Tuck FAQ

As more men and women learn about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery, the procedure is becoming one of the most popular body contouring options. If you’re interested in improving your midsection, you may have questions about what a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can do for you.

At Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong will take the time to answer any concerns you might have so you can feel positive about moving forward with your tummy tuck. Some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions are listed below, but please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • 1

    Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

    Do you have loose abdominal skin?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck have loose skin around their abdomen, as well as loose abdominal muscles or excess fatty deposits. Most frequently, abdominoplasty patients are women who have been pregnant, but the procedure can also benefit men or women who have lost a significant amount of weight that left them with baggy skin and an unflattering midsection.

A consultation with Dr. Truong will help you better understand the results you can expect to see from a tummy tuck and whether you might be a good candidate

Tummy Tuck Before & After Picture from Chicago Plastic Surgeon

  • 2

    Can a tummy tuck help reduce my stomach fat?

    Not a weight loss pill, but ...

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss and patients should reach their goal weight prior to undergoing surgery. However, if you have subcutaneous fat around your abdomen that persists despite your best weight loss efforts, Dr. Truong can include liposuction in your abdominoplasty procedure to better contour the midsection

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  • 3

    Do I need a full abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck?

    Is your loose skin above or below the belly button?

Dr. Truong offers customized abdominoplasty options to best meet your individual needs.

If your skin laxity is primarily focused in the lower abdomen, bellow the belly button, and any abdominal separation is minimal, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck, which uses a less aggressive approach to address only the lower abdomen.

On the other hand, if you have skin laxity throughout your upper and lower abdomen or more pronounced abdominal separation, a full tummy tuck might be the best option for you.

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Mini tummy tuck after pregnancy and c-section


  • 4

    How long does the surgery take?

    Less than 1 hour and up to 4 hours

Because a tummy tuck is such a personalized procedure, the exact duration of your surgery depends on the approach that Dr. Truong uses for you. In some patients whose needs are minimal, a tummy tuck can take less than an hour. For others, the procedure can last 4 hours or more. The best way to gain a better understanding of how long your particular abdominoplasty will last is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Truong so that he can assess your needs.

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    What can I expect during recovery?

    Rest for at least 1 to 2 weeks

While everyone’s recovery experience is different and your recovery will vary depending on the type of abdominoplasty you get, you can expect to feel some soreness around the site of your incision accompanied by some degree of discomfort in the abdominal area.

You should take time away from work and other responsibilities to rest for at least 1 to 2 weeks. Dr. Truong may also give you a compression garment to wear, which can help speed up the tummy tuck recovery process by promoting blood flow and reducing swelling. You can manage discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications, or ask Dr. Truong for a prescription should you need something stronger.

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    Will I have permanent scars?

As with all surgeries, the scarring from an abdominoplasty is permanent. However, Dr. Truong takes special care to place the scar below your bikini line, meaning your scar shouldn’t be visible even if you’re only wearing a bathing suit. Typically, a full tummy tuck scar will stretch from one hip to the other, although a mini tummy tuck scar will be slightly shorter

Tummy Tuck Scaring and incision

Incision below bikini line


  • 7

    How long will I have to wait before seeing my final results?

    Immediate results! Full results after 6 months...

Your tummy tuck results will be noticeable immediately after your surgery, although you can expect swelling and bruising to obscure your final outcome. While post-operative swelling should decrease significantly over the first several weeks, your final results may not be apparent until 6 months after surgery.

Tummy Tuck before and after picture

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    How much is a tummy tuck surgery in Chicago?

    Call for specials

The cost of your tummy tuck in Chicago, IL will vary depending on what cosmetic surgeon you see. Our pricing is extremely competitive, but price shouldn't be your deciding factor. Just because a doctor offers this procedure does not mean he is qualified or board certified in abdominoplasty surgery.

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Reviews From Happy Clients

Dr. Truong totally changed my looks and life. I have been wanting a tummy tuck for 11 years. I am only 40 and it was always a terrible feeling every time I had to get dressed or much less, get into a swimsuit. I went for a few consultations before I found Dr. Truong. I walked in his office and his staff is also absolutely amazing. They make you feel like you are at home and answered every question, need or concerns that I had until the surgery and after. I had my consultations with Dr. Truong and he was amazing. The day of surgery I was so ready and Dr. Truong answered all my questions and the facility was wonderful as well. I highly recommend Dr. Truong and his staff for any surgical/cosmetic needs or wants. I feel and look amazing. I will go back to him and his staff for anything I might want in the future. He is truly an artist and has an unbelievable gift!! Thanks so much to all of you there and for those reading this, do not hesitate, he is wonderful!!!!!!

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Reviewer Super Pages

Best Decision Ever!

Dr. Truong Was great and I couldn't ask for a better doctor! He answered every question that I had. I did my homework for a whole year before going through with the surgery.

I recommend that you trust no other Dr with this type of surgery because looks matter. And one little mistake can be the difference. I'm glad that I chose wisely. Thanks again to Dr. Truong

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Reviewer RealSelf.com

Dr. Truong is the most caring and amazing surgeon there is. His work is done in a very professional manner and to the finest detail possible. I would highly reccomend him to anyone that is looking to have any work done. He performed a tummy tuck and breast augmentation on me-and lets just say that the results were beyond my expectations. I cant say enough about how great of a surgeon he is.

From Vitals.com

Oct 2013 I went to Dr Truong for a tummy tuck, got 2 other opinions and felt Dr Truong was the right Doctor and office. I had (more than 20 years ago) several stomach surgeries and was left with an "Apron" on one side, add to weight gain and it was positively unseemly. Dr Truong did my Surgery in June 2013. I can tuck in my blouse!! The change in looking in the mirror is awesome - I am very happy with my decision and the outcome. The staff and the Doctor are really wonderful - I had poor Suzie on my speed dial and she was the epitome of kindness and courtesy. If you are thinking of surgery - go see DR TRUONG!!

from Vitals.com

Before & Afters

Dr. Truong's before & after gallery is second to none, with years of experience, 100s of surgeries,  and zero serious complications, it's no wonder he's known as the "Breast & Body Specialist."


Think about how good it will feel to no longer have all that loose skin...

Imagine your clothes fitting just right . . .
being comfortable in your bikini at the beach or the pool!

We Guarantee You're Consultation Experience

We 100% guarantee that you'll have an amazing experience when you come in for your complimentary consultation. You will get our special VIP treatment. You will get to sit down with Dr. Truong and get all of your questions answered. In fact, we're so confident that you'll love you're experience with us, that if you are dissatisfied in any way, we'll buy you any product from our exclusive line of SkinCeuticals.

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An Introduction to Abdominoplasty

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure meant to flatten the abdomen by tightening your abdominal muscles and removing the excess fat and skin.

A tummy tuck is not similar to liposuction though the two can be combined. Unlike liposuction which only addresses excess fat, a tummy tuck is a full reconstructive procedure which addresses excess fat and loose muscles as well as excess fatty tissue. Since it is a major surgical procedure, you should know the facts before making the decision to go for it.

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Who Qualifies for a Tummy Tuck?

Both men and women in good health can have a tummy tuck. The procedure is very helpful to women who have had significant changes to their abdominal area due to pregnancy because it tightens the fascia and muscle of the abdominal muscles and reduces excess skin.

It is also helpful for men and women who have had a lot of weight changes and have excess loose skin and fat that hangs over their waist.

Who Shouldn't Have a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is not appropriate for a woman still planning to get pregnant. Usually, during the surgical process, the abdominal muscles are tightened and future pregnancies are likely to separate the fascia wall repair. However, a tummy tuck usually will not prevent a woman from getting pregnant or carrying a normal pregnancy.

A tummy tuck is also not a substitute for weight loss and is not recommended for those who are severely overweight. The procedure is designed for those whose weight has stabilized and who are at or near their ideal body weight. Understandably for most, this is not realistic, so you should discuss with your surgeon about exceptions and the timing and goal weight for your tummy tuck.

Since it is elective and a significant surgical procedure, a tummy tuck is not recommended for those with significant medical issues or those who are active smokers.

Pregnancy often causes diastasis recti, where the muscles separate and the belly button sticks out, as you can see in the image below:

Muscle separation during pregnancy

Muscle separation during pregnancy

Which Kind of Abdominoplasty Do You Need?

The first thing you will do is talk to your surgeon during a consultation. From there you’ll discuss the different kinds of tummy tucks and what kind of results you can expect for your body type. You’ll want to talk about your objectives and all the options for a tummy tuck you have:

Full Abdominoplasty - Full Tummy Tuck

A full abdominoplasty typically is performed when a patient has had prior pregnancy and has laxity of the muscles, skin, and fat along the entire abdominal wall. The incision extends from hip to hip below the bikini line and allows for access to the entire abdominal wall in order to reconstruct the muscles as well as remove a significant amount of excess skin from the navel to the incision. The belly button is detached and a new belly button opening is created to reconstruct the umbilicus.

Partial Abdominoplasty - Mini Tummy Tuck

Partial abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck Chicago is performed when a patient’s fat deposits and muscle laxity are primarily below the navel and is usually reserved for patients who do not have extreme excess of skin due to pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure requires a much shorter incision, and the surgeon will probably not detach your belly button in the process. The muscles can be tightened but not as extensively as with a full tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck + Breast Augmentation
= Mommy Makeover

Often times a tummy tuck will be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation--this is called a mommy makeover Chicago. Pregnancy and nursing are the main causes of a "baby belly" and losing shape and volume in the breasts, that's why it's referred to as a Mommy Makeover. Often women opt to get both abdominoplasty and breast augmentation simultanously to save time, money, and only have to undergo surgery once.

Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck

As with any plastic surgery in Chicago, you will be asked by your doctor to quit smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and to not smoke for at least two weeks after the surgery. It is advisable to completely quit smoking since it complicates the whole procedure and slows down the healing process.

Keep off extreme diets before surgery. Just maintain a well-balanced diet to assist the healing process.

Inform your doctor of any drugs and supplements you are taking such as herbal medicines or prescription drugs. You will be instructed not to take particular medications for a period before and after the surgery.

Prepare your home before surgery to ensure that you have easy access to essential items such as ice packs and oose clothing. A chair which can be placed in a reclined position will be very helpful. You may also need someone to provide assistance with your daily activities for a few days.

Plan to get a close friend or family member to drive you home after the tummy tuck and someone to stay with you for at least the first night.

After the surgery, you should try to be as mobile as possible, and start walking by the next day to prevent blood clots and pneumonia.

Dr. Truong usually recommends two weeks off of work but that can vary depending on your job. Most patients are back to their usual activity and exercise in about 6 weeks.

How is a Tummy Tuck Achieved?

diastasis repair

Diastasis repair

Your  surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip just below the panty-line to access the entire muscle layer of your abdominal wall. The abdominal cavity is not actually entered. The muscles will be tightened with an internal “corset” to flatten the abdominal wall and cinch the waist. The skin is then re-draped over the new abdominal shape and the excess skin and fat is removed. This re-draping of the skin will contour and smooth the skin and, in addition, remove any stretch marks which were below the belly button.

The procedure will include reconstructing your belly button, which contrary to popular notion is not “moved.” Instead, this is done by pulling the skin down over your existing belly button stalk and creating a new “button hole” for your belly button.

After the surgery, you will be required to have small drainage tubes inserted, which will remove excess fluids for a few days. You will also need to wear compression garments in the recovery process.

The procedure can take between one to five hours, meaning you might be required to spend a night in the hospital depending on your case. During the operation you will be put under general anesthesia.

Abdominal Wall Is Tightened

Abdominal Wall Is Tightened

What are the Complication Associated with the Process?

As with any other surgery, there are associated risks. However, they are rare complications that can include thrombosis, cardiac episodes, blood clots or bleeding under the skin flap. If you have a liver, heart or lung disease or have a poor circulation, you are more prone to complications.

You will experience pain and swelling for a few days after the surgery. Your doctor will prescribe for you pain medicines and also advise you on how best to handle the pain.

You are also likely to experience bruising, tiredness and numbness during the healing period.

The process leaves scars, however, a tummy tuck specialist will have special techniques to minimize scarring. Scars will also fade slightly with time, although they will never disappear completely. Usually, your surgeon will recommend certain ointments or creams to help with the scars after you have completely healed.

How To Take Care of Yourself After the Surgery

Follow all your doctor’s instructions on how to handle the bandages and stitches days after the surgery. This will involve how to best position the bandages when lying or sitting down to help ease the pain. Limit strenuous activities for at least six weeks after the process to ensure proper recovery. You will be advised on what to do and what not to do by your doctor.

Regaining Your Daily Life After the Procedure

Regaining your normal routine may take time after the surgical process. Your surgeon will advise you on proper diet and appropriate exercises to enable you to maintain your new appearance.

Will My Insurance Cover a Tummy Tuck?

Normally, insurance companies do not cover elective cosmetic surgeries. You need to contact your insurance company to be clear on what is covered and what is not. If the surgery is for medical reasons rather than an elective choice, you may be able to get your abdominoplasty covered.

Best Plastic Surgeon To See To Get A Tummy Tuck In Chicago

There are many Chicago tummy tuck surgeons, but there is only one Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong. Everyone who wants abdominoplasty in Chicago is looking for the most skilled surgeon at the best price possible.

Dr. Truong has recently established his practice in Chicago and word of mouth hasn't yet created a waiting list for his services (as was the case at his previous practice in Florida). It's still possible for you to obtain the services of one of the most qualified tummy tuck specialists in Chicago without too much of a wait time.

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The end of the year is here, just imagine looking your best by spring. Imagine your clothes fitting better and being able to go to the pool or the beach without annoying loose skin! If you're looking for the best tummy tuck surgeon at the most reasonable price, now is your change to get Dr. Truong. Just sign up for a free consultation above, or call: (312) 846-1529