Abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), removes the excess loose skin and fat that tends to accumulate around the abdomen, tightens and firms, and restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

Both men and women can be unhappy with the appearance of their abdominal areas; however, most men seek this procedure after a significant weight loss that has caused laxity of the abdominal wall and loosening of the skin.

A tummy tuck alone will not give you a six pack; however, it will give you a flatter allowing you to achieve those results a lot faster.  Tummy tuck procedures are best incorporated with liposuction and/or abdominal etching (3D abdominal sculpting). For more information, please select liposuction or abdominal etching tab on menu.

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Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

There comes a time when you realize that efforts at dieting and exercise are not changing the appearance of your sagging and protruding abdomen. Tummy Tuck procedures are best for candidates who:

  • An abdomen that is out of proportion with the rest of your body or that protrudes
  • Sagging or excess abdominal skin
  • Extra fatty tissue in the abdominal area
  • Tummy tucks is not a weight loss procedure; therefore, for optimum results, it’s best for those who are close to their ideal weight
  • Are in good health and ideally a BMI of <30

Tummy Tuck Technique and Scarring

At your initial consultation, Dr. Sozer will examine your abdomen to decide which tummy tuck will be necessary to produce the desired result. The extent of skin elasticity and the condition of the abdominal wall will determine the complexity of your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure recommended.

There are different types of tummy tucks that Dr. Sozer performs.

  • Mini Abdominoplasty
  • Standard Abdominoplasty
  • Extended Abdominoplasty
  • Double Extended with Vertical Incision Abdominoplasty
  • Circumferential lift

The length of the scar can vary depending on the type of abdominoplasty performed.  A scar will fall along the natural crease of an undergarment and within time, the scar will fade; however, scar visibility can vary. We do recommend medical grade scar products that can help minimize the appearance of the scar and there are other laser treatments that can help as well.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Recovery time following tummy tuck surgery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on your general physical condition and the extent of your abdominoplasty surgery, you may be able to return to non-strenuous activities from one to three weeks after surgery. Many patients can resume their normal activities, including mild exercise, within a few weeks. It is normal to experience mild, periodic discomfort and swelling during recovery.

A surgical compression garment will be provided at our facility.  It is recommended to wear the garment up to 4 weeks post procedure; however, Dr. Sozer will indicate when it is best to discontinue.

Risks and Complications

All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.

Surgical Center

In general tummy tuck procedures are considered outpatient surgery and are performed under general anesthesia; however, if an overnight stay is required, we can also offer that service at our surgical center.

Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting.  El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.

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The next step is to schedule your consultation.  During your consultation, Dr. Sozer will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations.  You may call our office at (915)351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment.  Experience the Science of Beauty.

Frequently Asked Questions

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), removes the excess loose skin and fat that tends to accumulate around the abdomen, and tightens and firms the entire area that can be resistant to diet and exercise.
Yes.  This procedure is for both, men and women.
  • An abdomen that is out of proportion with the rest of your body or that protrudes
  • Sagging or excess abdominal skin
  • Extra fatty tissue in the abdominal area
  • Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
  • Tummy tucks is not a weight loss procedure; therefore, for optimum results, it’s best for those who are close to their ideal weight
  • Are in good health and ideally a BMI of <30
At your initial consultation, Dr. Sozer will examine your abdomen to decide whether liposuction alone or a tummy tuck will be necessary to produce the desired result. The amount of stretch marks you have, the extent of skin elasticity, and the condition of the abdominal wall will also determine the complexity of your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure recommended.

There are different types of tummy tucks that Dr. Sozer performs.  Mini tummy tuck, standard tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, double extended with vertical incision tummy tuck, and circumferential lifts.

All tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), are performed under general anesthesia to ensure the comfort and safety of the patient.
Depending on the complexity and type of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), your procedure can range between 1.5 to 5 hours.
Most abdominoplasty procedures are considered outpatient procedures; however, if an overnight stay is required, we can also offer that service at our surgical center.  Our surgical center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
Recovery time following tummy tuck surgery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on your general physical condition and the extent of your abdominoplasty surgery, you may be able to return to non-strenuous activities from one to three weeks after surgery. Many patients can resume their normal activities, including mild exercise, within a few weeks. It is normal to experience mild, periodic discomfort and swelling during recovery.
The length of the scar can vary depending on the type of abdominoplasty performed.  A scar will fall along the natural crease of a bikini line and within time, the scar will fade; however, scar visibility can vary. We do recommend medical grade scar products that can help minimize the appearance of the scar and there are other laser treatments that can help as well.
A surgical compression garment will be provided at our facility.  It is recommended to wear the garment up to 4 weeks post procedure; however, Dr. Sozer will indicate when it is best to discontinue.
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
The cost of a tummy tuck can range depending on each individual needs.  Factors such as what type of procedure(s) is needed and other external factors (surgical center fees, anesthesia fees, etc.) determine the cost as well.  A proper evaluation is required to give you exact price.