Because of the way the skin and muscles of the abdomen stretch out after pregnancy and weight loss, many men and women find diet and exercise inadequate for slimming and toning down this area of their body. Surgical treatment is often the only solution, especially for mothers who have had multiple pregnancies. The tummy tuck procedure, also known as a signature abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which Dr. Jaime Schwartz removes excess skin and fat from your middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles in your abdominal wall, reshaping the contours of your waist and dramatically reducing the appearance of a protruding abdomen in both men and women.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"With so much going on in a typical family of 7, I have been reluctant and scared to have my tummy worked on. After having 5 children my scar tissue from the 4th c-section pulls to my insides with un-godly sight. As I have been trying desperately to get fit I’m noticing an uncomfortable pain behind my scar tissue. It’s as if a string were being pulled from my back like a doll. I’ve see a few other doctors in the area and no one provided me with the peace of mind like Dr. Schwartz had. I’m hoping to book this procedure in the near future.Because this is such a sensitive issue for me I was a bit shy going into his office. WOW, was all I could say to my hubby later that night. The staff was incredibly sweet and helped me to feel very comfortable and safe. Having this been my third consult I wish I would have started here first! Thank You Dr Schwartz and Staff! You will be seeing me very soon!"- R.I. / Google / Dec 08, 2016
"He was honest n up front. Very Professional. Patient BMI/Health Came First. He is the Doctor to choose. I didn't know if I could lose the 50lbs he requested me to lose. (I never had to diet b4). I like the new me. I thank him for encouraging me.Much Blessings 2-Dr. SchwartzPeedy Alexander,"- P. / Healthgrades / Aug 02, 2016
"I found Dr Schwartz to be the most considerate and caring physician. Not only does he make you feel comfortable when speaking to you about your procedures, but he gives great advice and knows what he is talking about. A few times I second guessed his opinion but at the end decided to take his advice. Afterall, he is the expert. Boy am I glad I did, he not only did a awsome job on my tummy tuck and breast lift, but he has given me the confidence to walk into a room and feel awsome about myself! Thank you very much Dr Schwartz!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 17, 2013
"Life Changing Experience - Words cannot express how happy I am to have found Dr Schwartz and staff. I have been longing to change my life, and that would include a tummy tuck. I went to several doctors but it was something about Dr Schwartz. After I believe around a year later I revisited the office. I knew I was ready and Dr Schwartz was the one. The warmth, comfort, awesome bedside manners, along with the staff..."- C. / RealSelf / Aug 04, 2017
"Tummy Tuck and So Happy - Beverly Hills, CA - After having my children I was shocked at how much loose skin I had around my stomach. My first child was a natural birth and I was able to have a normal stomach after. My second was a c- section, and my stomach was never the same. I had so much extra skin and stubborn fat that wouldn't go away even after a ton of exercise. Dr Schwartz came highly referred to me as a few of my friends went to..."- A. / RealSelf / Oct 21, 2015
standard Tummy Tuck
Dr. Schwartz's signature tummy tuck is best known for creating a contoured waistline while also defining the natural curves of the abdomen and the belly button.
Clients that would benefit from a standard tummy tuck have either lost a lot of weight, or have stretched out their abdominal skin and muscles from pregnancy. Typically, the best candidate for a standard tummy tuck has skin laxity both above and below the belly button. With a standard tummy tuck, Dr. Schwartz can remove as much skin as possible, while also tightening the abdominal wall muscles, giving you a tighter, shapelier waistline.
A variation of the standard tummy tuck called a Fleur De Lis tummy tuck may be performed for those that have had significant weight loss and would benefit from excision of a large amount of skin. Named for the floral shape of the incision pattern on the abdomen, the advantages of a fleur de lis tummy tuck is that the entire torso can be tightened up by removing a larger amount of loose skin from the abdomen.
signature Mini Tummy Tuck
Similar to the standard tummy tuck, clients that are best suited for the mini-tummy tuck are ones that have lost a lot of weight or have skin laxity from pregnancy, but in this case the excess skin is mainly below the belly button. With this procedure, Dr. Jaime Schwartz can keep the scar extremely low on the abdomen, since he will only be removing excess skin from the area below the belly button. During this procedure, an incision is made low on the abdomen, similar to the kind made in a C-section. Excess skin is then excised, and the lower abdominal wall muscles may also be tightened if necessary.
signature extended Tummy Tuck
For clients with skin laxity above and below the belly button, as well as around the hips and waist, a signature extended tummy tuck may be the best procedure. During a signature extended tummy tuck, Dr. Schwartz extends the incision around to the back to remove as much skin as possible from the abdomen, waist, and hips. With this procedure, the muscles of the abdomen can also be tightened if needed.
After your signature abdominoplasty, an abdominal girdle will place around the wound, which creates compression and helps the body to decrease any fluids. This girdle is worn between three to six weeks, or longer if needed. Dr. Schwartz will give you instructions for showering and changing the dressing, and you’ll be back in the office for a follow up in a few days post-surgery.
Dr. Schwartz recommends that you plan to take some time off from work and other regular activities for two weeks and that you get some extra help at home if you have young children.
Only moderate exercise, such as walking, will be allowed at first to keep muscle tone, help reduce swelling, and lower the chance of blood clots.
Tummy Tuck cost
Your cost for the procedure will vary based on the type of tummy tuck you have and whether or not it is combined with other procedures.
During your consultation, Dr. Schwartz will discuss your options and together you will come up with a plan of treatment that is appropriate for you. Dr. Schwartz accepts all forms of payment and offers excellent financing options to make more procedures available to more patients.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Recovery Facility
signature Tummy Tuck FAQs
Tummy Tuck or Lipo?
For clients whose only concern is excess fat, liposuction may be used to treat the area successfully. Clients that their main concern is skin laxity or muscle stretching, would benefit from one of Dr. Schwartz's signature tummy tucks. However, if someone has excess fat and skin laxity, they may benefit from Dr. Schwartz's LipoLift® Tummy Tuck, which combines fat removal, excess skin excision, and abdominal wall tightening.
Many women seek out this procedure to address skin laxity and overstretched abdominal muscles following childbirth. A signature tummy tuck is often performed in conjunction with a breast lift – a combination procedure is known as a “mommy makeover.”
Tummy tucks aren't just for women, though. Increasingly for guys, it is a go-to procedure for making your stomach look more toned and tight following weight loss.
Although a tummy tuck may be done after weight loss, bear in mind that if you have lost a great deal of weight, you may benefit more from a body lift, which will not only take care of the tummy area, but also refine the hips and buttocks as well.
What About Scarring?
Scars are an unavoidable part of surgery, but they don't have to detract from your results. Understanding the cause of imperfect scarring is the best way to minimize the chances of developing excessive scars you'll be unhappy with. By relieving tension on incision sites and using strategic patterns to hide scars beneath the natural folds of the body, Dr. Schwartz can do his best to prevent unsightly or excessive scarring. You can also be proactive by refraining from smoking during your recovery, getting proper nutrition, and carefully following your post-op guidelines. It can take up to nine months or even a year for the scars to fade. Ultimately, the scar line will be fine and easily hidden under your clothing or a bikini.
what if i get pregnant?
Most people undergoing a signature tummy tuck have finished having children. But if you do become pregnant after having a tummy tuck, it shouldn't interfere with the safety of your pregnancy. Depending on your procedures, we may have to do touch ups or another procedure to restore your original results.