About tummy tuck surgery

A flat and tight abdominal wall is something most men and women strive for but cannot always achieve through a disciplined diet and strenuous exercise routine. This loss of abdominal elasticity occurs most commonly following weight loss or pregnancy. However, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah Ekstrom offers tummy tuck surgery to bring dramatic improvement to your abdomen.

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is an operation in which excess skin and fat from the abdominal wall (particularly below the navel) is removed. The remaining skin is then tightened. It is particularly effective in removing stretch marks from the lower abdomen, but it must be understood stretch marks from above the navel cannot be eliminated. Some laxity, particularly noticeable when flexing the hips, will persist. Call Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA to learn more.

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Tummy tuck surgery candidates

Tummy tuck surgery is life changing for most of our patients who have had the procedure. The ideal candidates for this dramatic transformation are:

  • Women who have C-section scars and/or extra skin and fat deposits in the lower abdomen
  • Men and women who have stretch marks and loose skin on their abdomen
  • Men and women who have had weight loss surgery and have maintained their goal weight for at least a year and desire removal of the excess skin and remaining fat deposits
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Tummy tuck surgery: what to expect

Some tummy tucks are more invasive than others: for example, some individuals may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck, while others may need an extensive approach. The procedure is performed with the patient under deep sedation or a light general anesthetic and can take anywhere between 2-3 hours depending on the nature of the surgical case.

During surgery, drains and pain pump catheters will be placed. The pain pump catheters infuse local anesthetic into the surgical area for the first three days, while the discomfort tends to be most significant, and thus takes away the need for any narcotic medication. Tummy tuck surgery requires a slow approach to recover, and it is important to note that recovery to the point that full physical activity can be resumed may take up to 6 weeks and the scars will take 12 to 24 months to fade completely.

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Tummy tuck surgery recovery and results

The results following a tummy tuck procedure can equate to a tighter, more toned abdominal appearance. Scarring is a part of this procedure; however, our skillfully trained cosmetic surgeon creates the incisions with care, placing them in inconspicuous areas so that undergarments can hide them. Patients often feel that the skin removal and flat appearance of their stomach far outweighs any scarring that resides after surgery.

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Lose inches today

If you want a slimmer, more flattering figure and have noticed that no matter how hard you work a pooch still resides in your abdominal area, a tummy tuck may help you reach your goals. We also welcome weight loss patients who are seeking skin removal surgery to finalize their weight loss transformation journey. Schedule a consultation with our office today and learn how a tummy tuck can revamp your appearance and self-confidence.

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Client Reviews

Salisbury Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ekstrom is a phenomenal doctor! She is warm, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She took all the time I needed during all my appointments and made me feel very comfortable. During the day of surgery she was full of energy and made me feel at ease with her warm bedside manner. I would recommend Dr. Ekstrom and Salisbury Plastic Surgery above anyone.

J. C.

My experience with Dr. Ekstrom and her staff has been nothing but exceptional. After my initial visit with Dr. Ekstrom I knew I wanted her to do my procedure because she was very informative, gave me detailed explanation of what to expect and made me feel very comfortable. I love the look of my breasts and could not be any happier! Thank you Dr. Ekstrom, Kristen, and the whole team!

L. W.

Dr. Ekstrom and her staff are fabulous. I am 2 days post op BA Mentor Moderate Plus silicone 375/350 sub glandular placement. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. I presented with asymmetric mildly tuberous breasts. Dr. Ekstrom answered my hundreds of questions, gave me realistic surgical expectations. My result…..fabulous! Beyond thrilled!

M. G.
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