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An Introduction to Abdominoplasty

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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.

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.

what happens to the abdomen during pregnancy

what happens to the abdomen during pregnancy

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

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.

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

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7 Reasons to Choose Dr. Truong for Your Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty:

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Get the Results You Want

From your initial consultation, Dr. Truong will listen to you closely to address your concerns and determine the result you are hoping to achieve.   Most people opt for abdominoplasty after pregnancy or weight loss, when there is nothing else they can do on their own to get rid of the excess loose skin.

Dr. Truong uses special techniques to reduce scarring, and make your result look as natural as possible.  Rectus plication or creating an"internal corset" to tighten the muscles and reconstruction of the belly button, in addition to removal of excess skin and fatty tissue are covered with his technique.  Liposuction or SmartLipo can be done at the same time, if needed.  Because of his vast experience, attention to detail, and the amount of personal attention he gives each patient, he is uniquely able to meet and, at times, exceed the expectations of his patients.

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Before & After Pictures

Seeing is believing! Go through hundreds of before and after pictures (below on this page and at his office) and see the end results for yourself.  It is important to note that all of his before and after pictures are of  his actual recent patients, unedited, with the same camera, lighting, and pose.  Don't be fooled by Photoshopped or altered photographs and lighting.  You can see the results for yourself.  Click Here For the Tummy Tuck Before and After Gallery white-arrow-1

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Expertise & Artistry

Dr. Truong was voted one of America’s top cosmetic surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Counsel of America. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.  As an ABMS Board-Certified surgeon, he has a wealth of experience in trauma, intra-abdominal, extra-abdominal, cutaneous, breast, and facial surgery. Having completed two separate fellowships in Burn Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, and a year-long apprenticeship in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, he is Fellowship-trained in the art of Cosmetic Surgery.  Dr. Truong is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Truong is a breast and body specialist who has done thousands of tummy tucks with excellent results and no major complications.   Learn More About Dr. Truong Here.

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Rave Reviews

To have as many glowing reviews as Dr. Truong is rare among cosmetic surgeons. It is a testament to the great care he takes with each patient, and his ability to deliver the desired outcome. You can read a few of his many Tummy Tuck Reviews below or read a compilation of reviews here.

5th reason to get your tummy tuck in Chicago, IL with Dr. Truong


Dr. Truong is known as the "breast & body specialist" because he is who you go to when you want the best.

Among his many former patients are numerous nurses, operating room technicians, as well as physicians and their spouses.  According to Dr. Truong, "Movie stars and high profile patients don't impress me.  I really feel honored when a colleague or nurse who has seen me in the operating room asks me to do their procedure because I know they have compared me to other surgeons they've worked with first-hand.   It's the greatest compliment a surgeon can receive!" 


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Tummy Tuck Cost

The cost of a tummy tuck can vary depending on your geographical area, the expertise of the surgeon, and how extensive the repair that needs to be done.  After your consultation, you will receive a quote which will break down the fees including surgeon's fee, facility or hospital fee, anesthesia fee, and garments or any other materials associated with the procedure and recovery.  In our practice, follow-up visits are included and you will be seen at regular intervals over the course of twelve months.

Everyone wants cosmetic surgery but most worry about the cost of a tummy tuck. We offer Care Credit™ and other financing options that make this procedure attainable on almost any budget.

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Dr. Truong Changed My World!

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!!

Dr. Truong and his staff are the best!!!

I would like to say "THANK YOU", to Dr. Truong and his wonderful staff. Thinking about having surgery can be an overwhelming decision. You can go through so many different emotions. After finding Dr. Truong, my husband and I knew we had found the perfect match for what I wanted in my surgeon. Dr. Truong has the best "bedside manner ". From the moment I met him he was patient and took the time to address all my questions and concerns. The entire staff makes you feel so comfortable, like you're family. He is an amazing surgeon. I had a mommy makeover ( BA and TT) and I am amazed with my results. I wanted to look better after having 3 wonderful boys, but I didn't want to look like a had "something done". I look so natural, that people that have known me for so time couldn't figure out what was different. They just thought I looked really good. Which is a wonderful compliment! I look my pictures of my body before my procedure, and I can't believe the difference. I can honestly say the having Dr. Truong as my surgeon is the best choice that I made. He truly is a surgeon who cares about his patients.

R. Suarez R. Suarez

Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck

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.

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I would highly recommend Dr. Truong and staff. I went to his office for a breast augmentation consultation and knew right away he was the doctor for me. He was honest, understanding and most of all, he listened to me. I booked my surgery and was excited to finally look and feel my best. The morning of my surgery was finally here! My Husband took me to the surgery center and the staff prepared me for the O.R. Dr. Truong came in and talked to me a bit, then walked me into the operating room. I woke up feeling groggy, but I had full breasts! I was in recovery for an hour or so when Dr. Truong came to see me. I was released and went home straight to bed. By the next evening I was at the mall! I didn't need my pain meds anymore either! I am very satisfied with my results. I honestly can say that I would do it all over again. It was a very easy procedure for me even being I have never even had a tooth pulled. I have had a few checkups with Dr. Truong and everything is going well. I will definitely be going back to him in the future.

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Before meeting with Dr. Truong I had been dealing with years of unhappiness with the work done by a previous doctor. I had met with several plastic surgeons in Tampa Bay area and felt most confident with Dr. Truong and his ability to correct my breast. Dr. Truong had me at ease after explaining to me what his vision was for my final outcome. I did a lot of research on Dr. Truong and have also known others he has worked on and have heard nothing but great things. After a fairly easy recovery I was amazed at the results I saw when the bandage came off!!!It was better than I even imagined!!! Dr. Truong had his work cut out for him and he more than delivered!!! Ive never been so happy with my body! Even weeks after my procedure his follow-up and sincerity that he gives to each of his clients is more than anyone could ask for. The staff at Tampa Bay Surgical Arts is so friendly and helpful. They make me feel right at home! Thank you Dr. Truong and the wonderful staff at Tampa Bay Surgical Arts!!!

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My Miracle

I must say Thank You!!!!! Dr. Truong and his Nurses!!! From the first day I walked into the office, Dr Truong and Staff made me feel at home! They are friendly, warm and they have the right words of comfort to make you feel comfortable with the Doctor. I had a complex with my chest, after 20 years of marriage still kept myself covered because I disliked my flat chest. I have wanted to have a breast augmentation since I was 18, Now at 43: I am so happy that I waited and Chose Dr. truang. He knows what he is doing!!!! I wanted to go to what I thought was the right size for my frame Yet he stated, that I could pull off a larger size. Glade I LISTENED. I went to a 400cc and it Looks So Natural. His front staff and Head Nurse Susan made me feel like FAMILY. I received a call the day of surgery, the next day and followed up day five and The Office front staff treated me like a person and even more so Family. I had such a great experience that I Bragg about the entire office as well as his work!! I truly recommend Dr Truong because he did such a wonderful job, and my Husband whom was not too convinced, Loves My New Twins as he Is Very Happy with the Results. Thank you Tampa bay Surgical Arts, Thank YOU Dr TRUONG!!!!!!!!

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I'm 29 Years Old, Mother of Three.

I knew before I was even 18 I wanted a breast augmentation. Had always had small breasts and held an insecurity about them. After having two children they became even more "deflated". As much as I wanted a breast augmentation, I was terrified of the procedure. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks and the thought of being put under Scared me. I spoke with several plastic surgeons in the Tampa

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Rewarding Myself for Hard Work

At 26 years old, I had a Breast Augmentation with Mentor Memory Gel Silicone implants. I had 400cc / 425cc, and went from a small A to a small D. The results were amazing, and more than I could have wanted. At 27, I had Liposuction to my abdomen and thighs. I was obese throughout my teenage years, and after losing almost 100 pounds, I had just a few problem areas that needed help. There was minimal pain and bruising, and I was again amazed at the results. I consulted Dr. Truong for a Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck procedure after consulting with other physicians in my local area of Sarasota, and not feeling confident with having them perform the surgeries. Dr. Truong was very informative about both procedures, and actually explained that if I was to have a tummy tuck at 26 years old, the results may be destroyed if I were to have children later in life, and I was better off to have liposuction to the area of concern. None of the other physicians I had consulted with had mentioned that, and I was grateful that Dr. Truong was honest about it instead of just taking my money. I couldn't be happier with the results of both surgeries! Dr. Truong was very caring throughout the recovery process, and I would recommend him to anyone looking to have a cosmetic procedure. He was worth the drive from Sarasota, and I will be returning for any future needs.

kziemba83 kziemba83

Breast Lift with Augmentation

My surgery went very smoothly. I had limited pain afterwards. I didn't even have to take any of the pain medication that was prescribed. So far, the incisions are healing nicely. Great experience overall. Everyone at Dr. Truong's office and everyone at the surgical facility has been pleasant to work with. Doctor Truong is very easy to talk to and deal with. Everyone of his office staff is amazing!

23 Years Old, Student

I had small breasts. My motivation for the surgery was solely to attain larger breasts. My recovery has gone smoothly and I'm very pleased with my results. I am two weeks post op and pain free, for the most part. Aside from some nerve pain, I have full range of motion in my arms. My incision scars are very thin and almost invisible! Dr. Truong was very professional and truly catered to my desires and preferred outcomes for my breast augmentation. His staff is also very friendly and helpful. I've had a wonderful overall experience.

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It Was About Time I Did Something for Myself

Dr troung was very professional, considerate, educated and talented. I was very nervous on my first visit. Doctor and his staff made me feel at ease with their top notch excellence. He explained everything in terms I could understand and I knew what to expect. Surgery and recovery went well, august will be my one year check up. I am so glad that I had the surgery and I am very happy with the results. Thank you Dr troung and staff!

Life Changing

I had abdominolplasty on Nov.14,2013 performed by Plastic Surgeon Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong... a gifted surgeon. I am 16 days post with very little discomfort and back to work and the scaring is healing so fast. His staff is very polite and sincere. Aftercare was GREAT. I am glad to have been his patient for this life changing surgery.

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