Tummy Tuck Surgery at a Glance

Type of anesthesia:
Recovery time:
1-2 weeks off work (non-strenuous jobs); 6 weeks before resuming exercise
Time in surgery:
2-5 hours
When you go home:
Day of operation
Complementary procedures:

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your experience may vary.

Tummy Tuck

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Ablavsky performs tummy tuck surgery at his San Antonio, TX, practice to create a slimmer midsection for women and men frustrated by excess skin and fat that doesn’t go away with diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty—known as a tummy tuck—is a popular body contouring procedure that removes rolls, stretch marks, and bulges (diastasis recti) that remain after pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?

Tummy tuck surgery is often associated with women who want to regain a flatter, firmer abdomen after having children. However, the procedure is also performed to remove excess abdominal skin left after significant weight loss or simply the aging process. The skin and fat above the vagina (mons pubis) often is a concern for women because it sags and gets larger—this area can be raised and made thinner during a tummy tuck.

Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery should be at or near the weight they intend to maintain. A tummy tuck contours the midsection, but it is not a weight-loss procedure.

Tummy Tuck
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Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 11 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #11

This patient had experienced stretching and sagging of the skin on her abdomen, and no amount of exercise helped reduce it. Dr. Ablavsky performed a tummy tuck to tighten the underlying muscles and to remove the excess skin and fat on her abdomen, giving her a smooth, flat tummy.  Read More
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Case #16

This is a 40 year old female 5'3" 170 lbs who underwent weight loss surgery, lost 60 lbs, and presented with overhanging abdominal and flank/hip skin rolls that she wanted addressed. 
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 12 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #12

This patient had a distended abdomen and wanted a tummy tuck to tighten up her belly. Dr. Ablavsky performed a tummy tuck and tightened the underlying muscle to give her a better shape. 
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Case # 127

This is a 46 yo female who saw me in the office to discuss her abdomen. Ever since she had a child about 15 years ago she has been having difficulty with her excess skin and loose abdominal wall. She was a candidate for an abdominoplasty to remove excess skin and tighten her diastasis recti.  Read More
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This patient presented for a consultation to discuss removing the excess skin, from the front and sides of her abdomen as well as tightening her overall waist line. The patient underwent an extended abdominoplasty to achieve a slimmer waistline.  Read More
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Case #232

This 38 year old lady came to see me for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction consultation. She was bothered by the skin rolls on the front of her abdomen and the weakened abdominal wall she had from prior pregnancies. She underwent a tummy tuck in addition to liposuction of the bra line, hips, and flanks line to help contour the sha... Read More
Before & After Breast Lift Case 31 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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This is a 38 yo female who underwent massive weight loss after bariatric surgery and three pregnancies and had developed sagging breasts, loos abdominal skin and stretch marks. She felt that after weight loss her breast and thighs sagged even worse. Dr. Michael Ablavsky, a plastic surgeon in San Antonio, reviewed her options for a combination... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 36 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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This 27 yo female had been through 3 pregnancies and presented to discuss breast lift and tummy tuck. She underwent a breast lift for a more symmetric perkier appearance to her breasts as well as a tummy tuck, liposuction to remove excess skin, tighten her abdominal wall, and a tighter waistline. Read More

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

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

Dr. Ablavsky customizes tummy tuck surgery depending on your needs and cosmetic goals. The most common procedure is a full (standard) abdominoplasty, but other patients may be good candidates for either a mini-abdominoplasty or an extended abdominoplasty.

Full (Standard) Tummy Tuck

Dr. Ablavsky begins tummy tuck surgery by making a horizontal incision that extends from hip to hip, just above the pubic area and below the bikini line. He makes a second incision around the bellybutton to release it from the surrounding skin. The procedure often involves repairing separated abdominal muscles—a condition called diastasis recti—before removing excess skin and closing the incision. This procedure simultaneously treats excess skin of the upper and lower abdomen with a scar that is well-concealed.

Mini (Short-Scar) Tummy Tuck

Patients whose concerns about excess skin and fat are limited to the area below the bellybutton are good candidates for a mini tummy tuck. Benefits of a mini tummy tuck include a shorter incision and no bellybutton incision. However, it isn’t appropriate for patients who need muscles repaired or who want stretch marks above the bellybutton removed.

Extended Tummy Tuck

A more extensive version of a full tummy tuck addresses loose skin on the flanks and lower back, in addition to the abdomen. The procedure involves making a horizontal incision that extends around the hips, along with an incision around the bellybutton. As with a full tummy tuck, liposuction may be included to remove excess fat and sculpt a natural-looking waist.

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Combining a Tummy Tuck With Other Procedures

The physical toll that pregnancy takes may include deflated, sagging breasts in addition to a protruding abdomen with excess skin. Women considering a tummy tuck after having children often choose to combine it with cosmetic breast enhancement, such as a breast lift or breast augmentation and other body contouring procedures.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in San Antonio?

The cost of a tummy tuck depends on the extent of the procedure needed to accomplish the patient’s goals. At our practice, a tummy tuck procedure starts at $6,895. After meeting with Dr. Ablavsky for a consultation, we can provide a detailed price quote that you can review before deciding if you want a tummy tuck.

Request Your Free Consultation

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon in San Antonio to perform a tummy tuck, request a free consultation with Dr. Ablavsky using the online form, or call our practice at (210) 942-6672 to schedule an appointment.