David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

Tummy Tuck

Want Your Figure Back? A Tummy Tuck Might be the Answer.

Top tummy Tuck Doctor Knoxville Real SelfThere are very few women who do not have changes in their abdominal wall after child bearing. Whether they come from the Knoxville area, Johnson City, Cookeville, or Cleveland, most tell us that they have been self conscious about their stomachs for a long time.

Some have loose sagging abdominal skin. Others have abdomens that protrude because their abdominal muscles have been stretched by pregnancy. Some have reduced their weight and have excess tissue that won’t go away on its own. Almost all have tried dieting and exercising and are discouraged by the lack of results. In fact, patients find that as their weight drops the skin becomes looser and looks even worse!

Liposuction alone can’t fix that, nor does it repair the abdominal muscles or remove the excess skin. So, if you want to get your pre-pregnancy tummy back, there is no substitute for a Lipoabdominoplasty.

A tummy tuck corrects three main areas of concern:

    • First, liposuction of the entire abdominal wall is used to reduce the fat thickness throughout.
    • Then the rectus abdominis muscles, or the sit-up muscles, are repaired.  Usually with pregnancies these are stretched apart in the middle and no amount of crunches will work!
    • Finally, the excess skin is removed resulting in a contoured flat tummy.

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Tummy Tuck Photos of Dr. Reath’s Patients

A tummy tuck can be combined with excision of the hip rolls as you can see in the first patient below. We are fondly referring to this procedure as the “muffinator” because it also treats the hip areas causing “muffin tops”.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Case: 1 of 43

Before & After Full Abdominoplasty

She is 5'2" and weighs 150 pounds. Here is a 39-year-old mom who gained and lost a lot of weight with pregnancy. Dr. Reath performed a full tummy tuck and she is pictured six months after her procedure.
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Case: 2 of 43

Modified Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)

Before and After Modified Abdominoplasty- She is 5’6” and weighs 149 pounds. Here is a 49-year-old mom with grown children who was unhappy with the contour of her 

abdomen. She is an unusual case because she had a very long waistline with the area of excess skin and muscle separation strictly isolated below her belly... Read More
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Case: 3 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck with Excision of Hip Rolls

Before and After Abdominoplasty with Excision of Hip Rolls: She is 5’5” and weighs 160 pounds. Here is a 35-year-old mom who wanted to get rid of the excess skin and fat in her abdomen and hip area. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty with excision of hip rolls for this great result. Adding excision of the hip rolls to an abdominoplasty is becoming... Read More
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Case: 4 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and after Abdominoplasty: She is 5'8" and weighs 160 pounds. Here is a 32-year-old woman who came to us after she lost over 65 pounds through diet and exercise. Although she was happy with her weight-loss, it came with significant skin laxity on her abdominal area that she wanted removed. Dr. Reath performed a tummy tuck, also known... Read More
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Case: 5 of 43

Modified Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)

She is 5'9" and weighs 148 pounds. Here is a very athletic 36-year-old mom. She was concerned about the separation in her abdominal muscles after having children. Although she worked out religiously, no amount of crunches could get rid of her truoble spot. Luckily for her, this area was completely below her belly button so Dr. Reath was... Read More
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Case: 6 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Abdominoplasty- She is 5’2” and weighs 133 pounds. Here is a young mom who did not like the appearance and contour of her abdomen. Even though she worked out daily, she told us she was unable to get her tummy back to the way it was before she had her baby. She is pictured here 6 months after her abdominoplasty absolutely... Read More
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Case: 7 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

This patient came to us after having three children. She was within 5-10 pounds of her ideal weight but concerned about the contour of her abdomen. Dr. Reath performed a lipoabdominoplasty to achieve her toned, attractive look.
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Case: 8 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Abdominoplasty- She is 5’7” and weighs 133 pounds. Here is a 51-year-old mother of two who was concerned about the excess skin on her abdomen. She had recently lost 40 pounds and was comfortable with her current weight. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty to remove the excess skin and repair her abdominal muscles... Read More
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Case: 9 of 43

Before and After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

She is 5'1" and weighs 136 pounds. Here is a 38-year-old mom who was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen after having children. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty and she is pictured before and six months after her surgery.
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Case: 10 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Tummy Tuck: She is 5’6” and weighs 160 pounds. Here is a 49-year-old mom who had been concerned about changes in her abdomen after carrying three children. Dr. Reath performed a lipoabdominoplasty (an Brazillian technique of an abdominoplasty with liposuction) during which he repaired the laxity in her abdominal muscles... Read More
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Case: 11 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

She is 5'8" and weighs 138 pounds. Here is a 27-year-old mom who wanted her body back after having three children. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty and repaired her abdominal muscles which had been stretched out as a result of her preganacies.She is pictured before and six months after her procedure.
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Case: 12 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

This patient is 5'3" and weighs 131 pounds. She lost a significant amount of weight after her pregnancy but was unhappy about the amount of excess skin leftover. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty to tighten her abdominal muscles and removed her excess skin. What an incredible transformation.

 
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Case: 13 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Abdominoplasty: She is 5’8” and weighs 142 pounds. Here is a 31-year-old mother who has three children. She was able to diet and exercise her way back to a healthy weight but was unable to correct the separation of her abdominal muscles and get rid of the excess skin from her pregnancies. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty... Read More
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Case: 14 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): She is 5’9” and weighs 153 pounds. Here is a 44-year-old mother of two who was unhappy with the changes in her body due to having very large babies. She had excess skin and separated stomach muscles in her abdomen and an area of fat that did not respond to exercise. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty... Read More
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Case: 15 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdomnioplasty) Case #1033

Before and After Tummy Tuck: She is 5’8” and weighs 178 pounds. Here is a 33-year-old mom who wanted to correct the changes in her abdomen after having two children.  Dr Reath performed a lipoabdominoplasty, which is a Brazilian technique that combines a tummy tuck with liposuction. During her procedure he repaired her stretched... Read More
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Case: 16 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

This is a 37-year old mother of three who was concerned with the excess skin in her abdomen after three pregnancies. She runs twenty miles a week,works out in the gym and follows a very healthy diet so she is close to her ideal weight. She had a full lipo-abdominoplasty and is delighted with her flat, toned tummy. We are proud of her too.
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Case: 17 of 43

Before & After Abdominoplasty

She is 5'6" and weighs 121 pounds. Here is a 28-year-old mom who was unhappy with the contour and excess skin on her abdomen after having kids. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty, removing the excess skin and repairing her stretched abdominal muscles. She is pictured before and 6 months after her procedure.
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Case: 18 of 43

Tummy Tuck

Before and After Mommy Makeover- She is 5’3” and weighs 139 pounds. Here is a 27-year-old mom who was concerned about excess skin in her abdomen which had stretched out during her pregnancies. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty and she is pictured here before and six months after her procedure. Read More
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Case: 19 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Abdominoplasty: She is 5’6” and weighs 147 pounds. Here is a 30-year-old mother of two who was concerned about the excess skin laxity in her abdomen. Although she works out regularly, nothing would make it budge. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty and she is pictured here six months after her procedure looking quite... Read More
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Case: 20 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Abdominoplasty: She is 5’5” and weighs 149 pounds. Here is a 42-year-old mother of twins. She was concerned about the excess skin is her abdomen and wanted a flat tummy back. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and her wish came true.
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Case: 21 of 43

Before and After Full Abdominoplasty

She is 5'3" and weighs 142 pounds.Here is a 48-year-old woman who came to us with concerns about loose skin in her abdomen after losing 90 pounds. Dr. Reath performed a full tummy tuck and she is pictured before and six months after her procedure.
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Case: 22 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Tummy Tuck: This patient came to us with concerns about her abdomen after having children. Her weight fluctuated up and down and she was working out several days a week. Dr. Reath performed a lipoabdominoplasty and removed the excess fat and skin that refused to budge with exercise.
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Case: 23 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

She is 5'3" and weighs 135 pounds. This mother-of-four came to us with concerns about her abdomen. Through diet and exercise she lost over 30 pounds, which was great for her health but left her with some saggy skin which she wanted removed. Dr. Reath did a full lipo abdominoplasty. What a difference.
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Case: 24 of 43

Tummy Tuck

Before and After Abdominoplasty- She is 5'4" and weighs 142 pounds. Here is a 30-year-old woman who gained weight with her 3 large babies. Although she is close to her ideal body weight she told us she was very unhappy with the contour of her abdomen. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty and she is pictured here six months later very... Read More
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Case: 25 of 43

Before and After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

She is 5'7" and weighs 137 pounds. Here is a 34-year-old mom who was concerned about the contuor and sagging skin of her abdomen following pregnancy. Dr. Reath perofrmed an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). She is pictured before and six months after her procedure.
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Case: 26 of 43

Full Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

She is 5'3" and weighs 112. Here is a 40-year-old mom who had excess skin and strechihng of her abdominal msucles after having children. Although she was at a very healthy weight, the contour of her abdomen was a big concern that no amount of crunches could fix. Dr. Reath performed a full abominoplasty and she is pictured here six months... Read More
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Case: 27 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Here is a 28-year-old mother of two who had wide fluctuations in her weight. When she came to see us, she had lost most of it but still had excess skin that she wanted removed. Dr. Reath performed a lipoabdominoplasty for this life-changing transformation.
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Case: 28 of 43

Before and After Extended Abdominoplasty

Before and After Extended Abdominoplasty- She is 5’3” and weighs 147 pounds after an 80-pound weight loss. Here is a 24-year-old woman who wanted to get rid of all her excess skin after massive weight loss by diet and exercise. Because of the amount of excess skin to be removed, a vertical incision was required along with the regular... Read More
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Case: 29 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Abdominoplasty- She is 5'4" and weighs 142 pounds. Here is a 30-year-old woman who gained weight with her 3 large babies. Although she is close to her ideal body weight she told us she was very unhappy with the contour of her abdomen. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty and she is pictured here six months later very... Read More
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Case: 30 of 43

Tummy Tuck

She is 5'3" and weighs 123 pounds. Here is a friendly mother-of-two who is very petite and ending up gaining a significant amount of weight with her pregnancies. As the skin on her upper abdomen was somewhat deflated, liposuction with the tummy tuck was not going to be a good option for her. Dr. Reath performed a standard abdominoplasty,... Read More
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Case: 31 of 43

Before and After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Before and After Tummy Tuck: She is 5’6” and weighs 128 pounds. Here is a 54-year-old mother of three who was concerned about the contour of her abdomen. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty to restore her youthful figure. She is pictured here before and six months after her procedure.
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Case: 32 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

She is 5'7" and weighs 135 pounds. Here is a 38-year-old mom who was concerned about the contour of her abdomen after having children. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty. She is pictured before and six months after her procedure.
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Case: 33 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck

Before and After Abdominoplasty: She is 5’2” and weighs 147 pounds. Here is a 36-year-old mom who gained around 70 pounds with both of her children. She was unhappy with the excess skin and general contour of her abdomen. She exercised regularly and was within 10 pound of where she wanted to be weight-wise before her surgery. She is pictured... Read More
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Case: 34 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

She is 5'3" and weighs 139 pounds. Here is a 39-year-old mom who was concerned by the excess skin in her abdomen after having children. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty, removing the excess skin and fat and repairing her abdominal muscles, which had separated. She is pictured before and six months after her procedure.
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Case: 35 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Before and After Abdominoplasty: She is 5’10” and weighs 180 pounds. Here is a 47-year-old woman who was unhappy with the contour of her abdomen after significant weight gain and loss. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty and she is seen here six months later. 
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Case: 36 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck

Before and After Abdominoplasty-  She is 5’2” and weighs 122 pounds. Here is a 55-year-old mom of two grown children who finally wanted to get rid of the excess skin she carried after having children. (She had gained about 40 pounds with both of her pregnancies.) Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty and she is pictured... Read More
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Case: 37 of 43

Before and After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

She is 5'9" and weighs 183 pounds. Here is a 38 year old mom who was concerned about the excess skin and fat in her abdomen as a result of having four children. Dr Reath performed a lipoabdominoplasty and she is pictured here six months after her procedure.
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Case: 38 of 43

Before and after Tummy Tuck

Before and After Tummy Tuck: She is 5’6” and weighs 150 pounds. Here is a 49-year-old mother of three who gained a lot of weight during her pregnancies. After losing 100 pounds, she did not like the excess skin and sagging left behind. Dr. Reath performed an abdominoplasty and she is pictured six months later looking absolutely fabulous.
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Case: 39 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Knoxville Tennessee Reath Case #1185

Before and After Tummy Tuck: This is a 30-year-old mother of two who was concerned about the excess skin in her abdomen. She gained a significant amount of weight with her second pregnancy and decided to make a change since she was finished having children. Dr. Reath performed a lipoabdominoplasty.The results are a dramatic improvement and she is... Read More
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Case: 40 of 43

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

She is 5'4" and weighs 146. Here is a 35-year-old mom who was concerned about the contour of her abdomen after having children. Dr. Reath performed a tummy tuck to achieve her new toned tummy.
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Case: 41 of 43

Before and After Tummy Tuck

Before and After Abdominoplasty: She is 5’7” and weighs 130 pounds. Here is a very fit mother-of two who was concerned about the contour of her abdomen. Although she had no excess fat on her tummy, she did have excess skin that exercise alone can’t fix. She is pictured before and six months after her abdominoplasty looking fabulous.
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Case: 42 of 43

Tummy Tuck

Before and After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)- She is 5’6” and weighs 167 pounds. 

Here is a 32-year-old mom who was concerned about the changes in her abdomen as a result of having three children. Dr. Reath performed a full lipoabdominoplasty and she is pictured here six months later very excited about her results. 
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Case: 43 of 43

Before and After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

She is 5'6" and weighs 152 pounds. Here is a 29-year-old mom who did not like the changes in her abdomen as a result of pregnancy. Dr. Reath performed a full abdominoplasty and she is pictured before and six months after her surgery.
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Tummy Tuck Pricing

When reviewing tummy tuck pricing please keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of women we see are candidates for a full abdominoplasty. Some very lucky patients only need the area below their belly buttons fixed. For them a modified (mini) abdominoplasty is just the ticket. If you have a large amount of excess skin to be removed from major fluctuations in weight, you may need an extended procedure which takes more time in the operating room and could require a hospital stay.

The cost of a tummy tuck with Dr. Reath includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, our exclusive recovery kit with silicone scar prevention shapes, recovery garments and all follow-up visits.

Tummy Tuck Procedure Cost Cash Price
Full Abdominoplasty $7,985 $7,586
Modified Abdominoplasty $5,411 $5,140
Extended Abdominoplasty $8,943 $8,620
“Muffinator” Abdominoplasty with Hip Rolls $10,868 $10,325

Cash Discount: Good news! We offer a 5% discount for our patients who would like to pay with cash or check instead of using a credit card or financing.

David B. Reath, MD

Board-certified plastic surgeon David B. Reath, MD is renowned for his surgical skills and his commitment to public education. Practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1986, his personal approach with patients is what truly sets him apart.

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What You Should Know About Tummy Tucks

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Traditionally, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction have been separate procedures. A Lipoabdominoplasty is a new, novel single-stage approach combining extensive liposuction with the traditional abdominoplasty approach to the muscles and skin.

As Dr Reath explains, “Lipoabdominoplasty is probably my favorite operation.  I have always liked my results from tummy tucks, and by adopting these improved techniques, the results keep getting better. What we are able to do with this operation is to restore or improve the appearance of a part of the body that, in women, has been changed by pregnancy and child bearing. The changes that are made with this surgery cannot be achieved by diet and exercise alone. And, we are restoring what has been changed by bringing another life into this world. Cool stuff, really.”

Dr. Reath explains why no amount of core exercises can repair abdominal muscles that have been stretched during pregnancy in the video.

Not everyone needs a full lipoabdominoplasty. If the area of loose skin and fat is entirely below the bellow button, a mini-lipoabdominoplasty is possible.  During a mini-lipoabdominoplasty the incision can be hidden in the bikini area, there is no scar around the belly button, and the recovery can be a bit shorter. Women who have had Cesarean Sections are delighted to find out Dr. Reath can often use the same incision placement.

If the area that is to be treated also includes the upper abdomen, Dr. Reath will suggest a full abdominoplasty. In this the incision extends outward toward the hipbone. The length of these incisions depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. It is usually possible for Dr. Reath to place these incisions so they can be hidden underneath a swimsuit. There may also be an incision around the belly button as this is re-positioned during the tummy tuck.

It is important to understand that an abdominoplasty is not for weight reduction and is best suited for men and women that are in relatively good shape. A tummy tuck is not recommended for you if you are significantly overweight or if you plan on becoming pregnant again.

Here is a Body Mass Index calculator for you to get a general idea if you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck at your present weight. You should have a BMI less than 30 to safely consider an abdominoplasty.

BMI Calculator for Adults

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Calculator for Adults

BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

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Your BMI is

  • Underweight (Below 18.5)
  • Normal (18.5 - 24.9)
  • Overweight (25.0 - 29.9)
  • Obese (30.0 and above)

Your weight ( pounds) is in the category for adults of your height ( feet, inches)

To learn more, visit the CDC's Healthy Weight website

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The Operation and Recovery

Dr. Reath performs lipoabdominoplasties under general anesthesia. Helping our patients manage a speedy recovery is one of our primary missions. The length of the recovery will depend on the amount of muscle repaired, and the physical condition of the patient. For a full abdominoplasty there can be a recovery period is usually 3 to 4 weeks, but can be longer — paticularly if you have a strenous job. This may seem a like long time, but the muscles repaired are used for everything we do. And the better the repair, the better the long term result. For a mini-lipoabdominoplasty, the recovery period will be much shorter.

Good News for Today’s Tummy Tuck Patients
Drains, one of the most uncomfortable part of recovering after a tummy tuck, are no longer needed. Dr. Reath explains the recent advances that make this possible.

More Good News. Surgery Recovery Kits are Included.

Our Surgical Recovery Kits are a great personal touch. Patients tell us that the recovery kits we include with their surgeries are an area that really sets us apart. Each recovery kit contains items hand-picked to make your recovery faster and more pleasant. People who have had surgery with other doctors are amazed that we include these kits at no charge for all of our surgery patients.
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We have lovingly put together a kit of everything you’ll need during your tummy tuck recovery specifically for patients of other plastic surgeons. You’ll appreciate the extra post-surgical binder because you won’t be feeling like doing much laundry. Even better, the price of the kit is much less than if you bought each item separately.

The Plastic Surgery Planner is a Must-Read.

Our staff has just written an amazing free eBook based on suggestions from some of our tummy tuck and mommy makeover patients. The Plastic Surgery Planner is 40 pages of best practices with everything you need to know about planning for your plastic surgery and recovery. It’s a must-read for anyone planning to have a tummy tuck. It’s a free download.
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Great Resources for Your Research

The Most Important Benefit of a Tummy Tuck (and it’s not what you think).

One of the operations I have always loved to do is a tummy tuck, (also known as an abdominoplasty). I really get a charge out of helping a mother restore the shape of her abdomen after she has brought one or more children into this world. There have certainly been modifications over the years in how … Read more »
  • So you can be better prepared for your consultation, we have prepared a list of important plastic surgery questions you will want to ask your doctor before you have your surgery. If your consultation is with Dr. Reath, please feel free to print this out and he will be happy to go over everything with you during your visit. Top Ten Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon
  • Even though the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are pleased with their results, the decision to have a procedure is a big one. It is normal to have questions, and it’s important to answer them honestly. In the end, you want to be completely comfortable with your decision.So, are you clear about your motivations for surgery? Are your expectations realistic? Test yourself by answering these important questions. How to Know if You Are  Ready for Plastic Surgery.

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