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Tummy Tuck Specialist

Sanctuary Cosmetic Center

Plastic Surgery located in McLean, VA

If you’ve tried dieting to get rid of extra fat in your stomach but it hasn’t worked, you might want to consider a tummy tuck. At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in McLean, Virginia, the board-certified plastic surgeons use their expert skills to perform tummy tuck surgery. Schedule a consultation by calling or requesting an appointment online today.

Tummy Tuck Q&A

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgery that’s also called an abdominoplasty. The surgery is for both men and women. You might want a tummy tuck at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center for any of the following reasons:

  • Effects of pregnancy
  • Changes after significant weight loss
  • Results of a C-section
  • Changes in your body with aging
  • Your body type

If you’re healthy but have loose skin or pockets of fat that won’t go away with diet, exercise, or nonsurgical procedures, you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. 

It takes away excess skin and fat, tightens your stomach muscles, and gives your midsection a new shape. 


You should be at your ideal weight when getting a tummy tuck. If you’re overweight and plan to lose extra pounds, you should hold off on the surgery.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

When you get a tummy tuck, you’re under general anesthesia. Your provider at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center makes two incisions. One goes from your hip bone to the other hip bone near your pubic area. The other incision goes around your navel.

Your surgeon separates your skin from your abdominal muscles and pulls the muscles together to give you a firm, smaller abdomen. They then stretch the skin over your tightened muscles and remove any excess skin. Your navel gets repositioned and your incisions are sutured together. 

Tummy tuck surgery takes 2-3 hours.

What should I expect after a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck surgery usually requires an overnight stay in Sanctuary Cosmetic Center’s on-site, state-of-the-art certified surgical suite. When you wake up from your procedure, you might have a tube coming out of the surgical site to drain any excess fluid. Your recovery can last anywhere from two weeks to two months. 

Your provider gives you post-procedure instructions to ensure you get the proper care for your recovery. You’ll have physical restrictions for six weeks to protect your abdominal muscles while they heal. 

Once you’re healed, you can benefit from the long-term results as long as you keep a healthy diet, continue to exercise, and maintain a healthy weight.

To schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck procedure, call Sanctuary Cosmetic Center or book online today.

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