Tummy Tuck in Chicago, IL

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About Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An abdominoplasty more commonly known as a tummy tuck is performed in cases when patients present with excess skin around the abdomen, which often makes them feel uncomfortable and self – conscious. This excess skin can develop for a wide variety of reasons with very few natural remedies, thereby requiring surgical removal.

What Are the Benefits of A Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a wonderful surgical treatment for patients in the Chicago, IL area who hope to eradicate stomach fat, acquire a more sculpted appearance, and improve their fitness. This procedure performed at Ogilvie Plastic Surgery comes with some of the following benefits:

  • Strengthens the muscles in the abdomen
  • May alleviate back pain
  • Provides you with a more slender appearance
  • Helps patients to attain an optimal weight
  • Might improve hernia symptoms and urinary incontinence
  • Removes excess fat and skin from the stomach
  • Strengthens spinal support, stability, and mobility
  • Strengthens the whole trunk

Introduction to Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, performed by Dr. Ogilvie in Chicago, is used when patients want their abdomen to look slimmer, fitter, and more youthful.

A tummy tuck will eliminate excess skin and, often, add structure to the abdominal muscles. The result is an abdomen that looks firmer and fitter, allowing patients to feel a significant boost in confidence and self-esteem.

How Do I Get Started on My Tummy Tuck?

If you want to know more about tummy tuck surgery and whether it might be a good fit for you, contact our Chicago office to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Ogilvie.

During this consultation, you’ll be able to ask about how a tummy tuck might work on your body and with your physiology. Dr. Ogivlie believes in a patient-centered approach, emphasizing education and communication, so you feel comfortable with every step of your procedure.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Individuals seeking to eliminate excess skin from around their abdomen are often good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. This excess skin often develops due to a significant weight loss or because the stretching of the skin experienced during pregnancy. There are many life events that can lead to excess skin and “loose” abdominal muscles.

In general, candidates for a tummy tuck will:

  • Present a significant amount of excess skin around the belly/abdomen.
  • Be a generally consistent overall weight.
  • Be able to take one to three weeks off of work (or be given light duty during recovery)
  • Benefit from added structure to the abdominal muscles.
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery.
  • Have realistic expectations about what to expect.

Who is Abdominoplasty For?

In some cases, a tummy tuck is performed concurrently with a liposuction procedure. But this depends on whether you have noticed stubborn areas of fat you want to better contour with your body.

If you have questions about whether you’re a good fit for abdominoplasty, contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Ogilvie. We’ll be able to discuss your desired outcome and how that might fit with your current physiology.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy tuck surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients are allowed to return home the same day as their procedure is performed. The surgery itself takes anywhere between 2-4 hours to perform, depending on the needs of the patient. Most tummy tuck procedures will follow these basic steps.

Anesthesia — Tummy tuck surgery is almost always performed under general anesthesia.

Incision — The incision for most tummy tuck procedure patients will be located near the bottom of the abdomen. Usually, the incision will be made below the bikini line, so as to be easily hidden. Once the incision is made, the abdominal muscles may be realigned into stronger positions and given added structure. Additionally, excess skin will be removed.

Tummy Tuck Results

Because of the nature of the procedure, patients need to take their tummy tuck recovery period seriously. Patients will be given medications to help manage discomfort, and swelling may persist for several weeks. Dr. Ogilvie will give you detailed and individualized recovery instructions to ensure your best results. Once the swelling subsides, patients will notice that they look significantly slimmer, with a firmer-looking abdomen more true to their actual contours.

Many patients report a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem after tummy tuck surgery. If you want to discuss your tummy tuck options, contact Dr. Ogivlie’s office today and schedule a consultation to get your transformation started.

He done the surgery and I’m very satisfied of what he done - I’m so happy with my tummy tuck and liposuction. When I first went in for my first consultation the front desk girlsare very nice, and medical assistant are nice and kind made me feel very comfortable. Dr. Michael Ogilvie , He explained to me what was good for me and what he could do . He didn’t rush through it . He done the surgery and I’m very satisfied of what he done. My follow up with Dr. Michael Ogilvie He takes his time to examine snd explains to me . I highly recommend Dr. Michael Ogilvie he is amazing.Thank you to you and your lovely Staff .Updated on 28 Oct 2022:Dr. Michael Ogilvie is an excellent surgeon, I’m very satisfied with my tummy and liposuction. He is very caring , answers all of my questions.I had an amazing experience. I highly recommendDr. Michael Ogilvie.

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How much does a tummy tuck cost?

During your consultation, Dr. Ogilvie will develop your unique surgical plan to reach your unique needs and goals before discussing costs. He can better estimate your costs once the type of abdominoplasty is decided, which technique will be used, which anesthesia you will need, and more. To ensure you get great results, Ogilvie Plastic Surgery helps to make your tummy tuck easy to afford by taking several payment methods and helping you find low-interest financing.

What type of tummy tuck should I get?

There are three most common types of abdominoplasty: full, extended, and mini. During your consultation, Dr. Michael Ogilvie will ask about your needs and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, he can help you decide the technique that can produce your best results. A full abdominoplasty is better if you would like to fix issues in both the lower and upper abdomen, whereas a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have problems below your belly button, such as a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the stomach plus your upper thighs and hips.

What will my scars look like?

Incisions for your tummy tuck will depend on which technique is being used. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Ogilvie uses the thinnest incisions possible to limit scars. He also places incisions in less visible areas, such as the pubic region or belly button, so they can be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar management instructions so your incisions heal properly and blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Although you may still get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Ogilvie strongly encourages you to be done building your family before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do become pregnant following your tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your stomach.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?

Many patients get another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to give them more dramatic results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ogilvie, talk to her- about your desires so a comprehensive treatment plan can be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with a thighplasty for a lower body lift or several areas for all over body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.

How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?

The results of a tummy tuck can be long-lasting, but they can be affected by factors such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.