Tummy Tuck

At her practice in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Anne Taylor loves performing tummy tuck surgery because it can be life-changing for patients. The waistline is a problem area for many men and women, but it can be especially problematic for those with sagging skin and muscle laxity. These issues, often present in women who have had children and individuals who have gone through major weight fluctuations, cannot be fixed with diet and exercise alone. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Taylor has helped hundreds of individuals achieve flat, firm midsections and improved body confidence with tummy tuck surgery. Through a personal conversation and a physical assessment, she identifies your issues and develops a customized surgical plan designed to achieve the results you want.

Request a consultation online to discuss your tummy tuck with Dr. Taylor, or call our office at  (614) 569-2649 to schedule an appointment. Aesthetica Surgery & Spa sees patients from Columbus, Ohio, Dublin, and surrounding areas.

Tummy Tuck
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*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Tummy Tuck Case 6 Before & After View #1 | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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This patient is a 49 year old and is 5'8" tall and weighs 180 pounds.  She is in excellent physical condition and follows a strict diet and workout routine.  Despite this, she still has excess skin of her abdomen and wishes to have a tummy tuck.  2.0 pounds of skin were removed. Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 16 Before & After View #1 | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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This is a 31 year old patient that had previosuly undergone abdominoplasty.  She had complications after this with wound healing and had to have packing along the lower incision for many weeks.  She was left with a severe deformity and requires a revision. She is 5'5" tall and weighs 168 pounds.  2.0 pounds of exc... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 57 Before & After View #1 | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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This is a 45 year old patient that underwent gastric sleeve surgery in 2013.  She lost over 100 pounds and now wants to have the excess skin on her stomach removed.  She is 5'5" and weighs 136 pounds.  2.99 pounds of skin was removed during tummy tuck surgery.  Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 65 Before & After View #1 | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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Case: 4 of 8

This is a 43 year old  patient she is 5'4" tall and weighs 133 pounds.  After having children and losing weight she still had excess skin of her abdomen and requested to have a tummy tuck.  1.5 pounds of skin were removed. Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 439 Before & After Front | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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This is a 54 year old with excess fat of the abdomen. For this reason she has requested a full  abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck Case 443 Before & After Front | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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This is a 43 year old female with excess skin and fat of the abdominal region after pregnancy.  For this reason she has requested a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Case 452 Before & After Front | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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This is a 37 year old who despite proper diet and exercise complains of excess fat on her abdominal area.  For this reason she has requested an abdominoplasty. 
Tummy Tuck Case 464 Before & After Left Oblique | Columbus, OH | Aesthetica Surgery & Spa
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This is a 43 year old female with excess skin and fat on her anterior abdominal due to pregnancy . For this reason she has requested a tummy tuck.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?

A tummy tuck is normally most beneficial for those who are at a healthy weight. This procedure provides one or more of the following improvements:

  • Removes loose, sagging skin (including stretch marks)
  • Repairs stretched or separated abdominal muscles to flatten a protruding abdomen
  • Creates a smaller waistline

During your consultation, Dr. Taylor will perform a physical exam and talk with you about the improvements you’d like to attain. She will then create your surgical plan, which will account for your unique needs, body type, and cosmetic goals. She may recommend a tummy tuck alone or as part of a combination of procedures to give you the improvements you want.

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Your Customized Tummy Tuck

Different bodies require different techniques, which is why Dr. Taylor approaches every tummy tuck as unique. She customizes each procedure to accommodate individual physical characteristics and personal aesthetics. Dr. Taylor will spend a significant amount of time with your during your consultation to understand your goals for abdominoplasty and perform a thorough physical evaluation. She uses this information to determine which tummy tuck procedure is right for you.

Tummy Tuck Options

  • Mini-Tummy Tuck: A mini-tummy tuck is ideal for anyone who has a very minor amount of excess fat and skin in the abdomen. Like a standard tummy tuck, a mini-tummy tuck is used to flatten and firm the stomach, but a mini-tummy tuck uses fewer incisions and creates shorter scars. Dr. Taylor recommends this limited procedure for women and men with localized excess skin and fat below the belly button. A mini-tummy tuck does not usually include muscle tightening.
  • Standard Tummy Tuck: Full abdominoplasty is often requested by women who have had children, individuals who have gone through major weight changes, or those who are bothered by loose abdominal skin. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat as well as tightening the underlying muscles for a slimmer waist and flatter abdomen.
  • Extended Tummy Tuck: Dr. Taylor usually performs an extended tummy tuck as part of a body lift. This technique not only provides a flatter, firmer abdomen but also improves the shape of the flanks and removes skin and fat from the back. This option usually requires a longer incision but provides the most dramatic result.

Post-Pregnancy Tummy Tuck: In this Fox 28 video, Dr. Taylor talks about how a tummy tuck can help a mother regain her pre-pregnancy figure.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Columbus?

The cost of a tummy tuck at our Columbus, Ohio, practice ranges based on several factors, including the type of tummy tuck being performed (i.e., mini, standard, or extended) and the complexity of your procedure. As you might expect, having additional procedures during the same surgery increases the total cost. Our procedure pricing includes surgeon’s fees and anesthesia fees.

At your consultation, you will be provided with a written estimate for your specific surgery. While cost is a necessary consideration, we recommend prioritizing your plastic surgeon’s qualifications and experience over cost. Your safety and the quality of your tummy tuck results matter more than paying the lowest price.

Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery is performed at our accredited surgery suite. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia for your safety and comfort. Most patients are able to return home the day of their procedure, so please arrange for transportation.

Dr. Taylor will place a horizontal incision low between the hip bones so that any scarring can be easily hidden underneath clothing or a swimsuit. The length and number of incisions will depend on the complexity of your procedure and your physical characteristics. Dr. Taylor removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles. If necessary, Dr. Taylor will re-create the belly button and elevate it to a higher, more youthful-looking position.

Small, thin tubes will be left in place temporarily to drain away fluid at the surgical site. These tubes are usually removed after about 1 week. Dr. Taylor will provide you with detailed instructions on caring for your drains.

Dr. Taylor will wrap the treatment area with bandages, and you will wear a compression garment for several weeks to support your abdomen and minimize swelling.

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— Dr. Anne Taylor

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Is It Safe to Combine My Tummy Tuck With Other Procedures?

Many of Dr. Taylor’s patients choose to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction and a breast enhancement procedure, such as breast augmentation or breast lift. This combination of procedures is usually referred to as a mommy makeover.

Combining procedures can provide the most significant and satisfying results for people with multiple concerns.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Tummy Tuck?

The time it takes to recover can vary, but on average, most patients take 1 to 2 weeks off from work if they have a job that doesn’t require strenuous physical activity. Dr. Taylor recommends waiting at least a month to 6 weeks before returning to your normal exercise routine.

Dr. Taylor will ask that you come back the day after surgery for a follow-up. Your incisions will be evaluated in order to determine if you are healing properly. You will be swollen and sore, and you may be discolored or bruised for the first few days after your procedure. Dr. Taylor prescribes oral pain medication to enhance your comfort during this time.

Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Painful?

The length and intensity of your recovery will depend on whether you had a mini, standard, or extended tummy tuck. Additional procedures, such as liposuction or breast surgery, will also affect your total recovery time.

Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

  • Arrangements before surgery: If you have young children, please arrange for help with childcare during the first week or two of your recovery. Picking up a small child could cause injury or compromise your results.
  • Accelerating healing: Light walking is encouraged the first 1 to 2 weeks after surgery to promote circulation.
  • Returning to work: Most patients return to work after 1 week.
  • Resuming exercise: Dr. Taylor recommends 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time before resuming your normal exercise routine.

Tummy Tuck Results

Your results will develop gradually over the course of several weeks. It may take up to 2 months or longer before your end result is visible. Your new profile will appear flatter, firmer, and leaner once you have fully healed.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

The procedure choice depends on what is keeping your midsection from being as flat as you would like. Liposuction is used to remove areas of excess fat. It does not tighten the skin or abdominal muscles; that is the purpose of tummy tuck surgery. That said, Dr. Taylor often uses liposuction to enhance tummy tuck results by contouring the hips and buttocks.

Do I have to wear a compression garment after surgery?

Yes, you will be instructed to wear a compression garment after surgery to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals. Patients who have a complete tummy tuck typically need to wear the garment longer than those who have had a mini tummy tuck.

What’s recommended for tummy tuck scar care?

It is important to take care of the surgical area as specified in your post-op instructions and prevent putting strain on the incision too early in the healing process. Scar tapes and creams, when used as directed, can help you end up with the thinnest, least noticeable scar possible.

Will anyone be able to tell that I’ve had a tummy tuck?

All surgical procedures, including tummy tucks, leave behind scars as evidence. Dr. Taylor places tummy tuck incisions where they will be hidden by clothing or in the natural creases of the belly button. What will be most noticeable to others will likely be your firm, contoured midsection.

Is it safe to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

While a tummy tuck will not affect your ability to carry a child to term safely, pregnancy is likely to cause you to lose some of the benefits of your surgery. If you plan to have another baby within the next couple of years, Dr. Taylor will likely recommend holding off on the surgery.

Do men have abdominoplasty?

Dr. Taylor frequently performs plastic surgery for men, including abdominoplasty. Men often wish to tighten the abdominal area after significant weight changes.

Is tummy tuck surgery safe?

All elective cosmetic surgical procedures include some risk, which Dr. Taylor discusses during the consultation. However, tummy tuck surgery has a long track record for safety when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Taylor.

What is diastasis recti and how can a tummy tuck help?

Diastasis recti refers to the partial or complete separation of the “six-pack” muscles—rectus abdominis—that may cause a post-baby “belly pooch.” As a fetus grows in the uterus, it stretches these muscles, and the pooch that sometimes results doesn’t go away, even if you lose weight. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Taylor tightens these muscles to create a slimmer abdomen.

Will I go down a size after my tummy tuck?

Patients often—but not always—drop a size or even 2 after having a tummy tuck. The goal of a tummy tuck is to create a flatter stomach by removing excess skin and repairing diastasis recti if needed. Patients whose bellies don’t protrude very much prior to surgery may not go down a size.