Tummy Tuck Specialist

ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Julio Clavijo-Alvarez, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon located in Warrendale, PA & Monroeville, PA

A tummy tuck helps produce a smoother, firmer abdomen. At ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa Warrendale, Monroeville, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Julio Clavijo-Alvarez, MD uses a variety of surgical techniques to remove excess skin, tighten abdominal muscles, and contour your stomach. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez is board-certified and regarded as one of Pennsylvania's top plastic surgeons. If you're interested in a tummy tuck, don't settle for a second-rate procedure. Call ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa or schedule a consultation online today.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that helps remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. It can help to repair weakened or damaged abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks can help patients achieve a firmer, more toned stomach.

Plastic surgeons use a variety of surgical techniques during a tummy tuck. Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat. Excess skin can be surgically removed during the same procedure.

What cosmetic concerns can a tummy tuck address?

Pregnancy and childbirth can take a toll on your abdomen. Significant weight loss also frequently results in loose or sagging abdominal skin. If you're struggling with stubborn pouches of loose skin, a tummy tuck can be an ideal solution.

Tummy-tuck procedures help contour and rejuvenate your abdomen. These procedures remove excess skin while tightening weak muscles. A tummy tuck isn’t a replacement for a healthy weight-loss program, but tummy tucks can address stomach sagging that's sometimes left behind after successful weight loss.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

Your tummy tuck takes place in a state-certified surgical facility. Before your procedure begins, you meet briefly with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez to discuss any last-minute concerns. He explains how long the procedure will take and when you can expect to return home.

Most tummy tucks take about three hours. After your procedure is complete, you're taken to a recovery room to rest. Once Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez agrees that it's safe for you to leave, you can go right home. No overnight hospital stay is required.

Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez and his team will explain how to care for yourself at home. A week after your procedure, you meet with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez to discuss your progress and recovery. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities in one to two weeks.

What kind of results can I expect?

Tummy tucks help many men and women achieve a slimmer, sleeker silhouette. These procedures can also help to strengthen weak abdominal muscles. If you're unhappy with the look or feel of your stomach, a tummy tuck can make a big difference.

Many women choose to have a tummy tuck as part of a “mommy makeover.” Pregnancy often causes your breasts and abdomen to sag. A mommy makeover can help mothers contour their abdomen, lift sagging breasts, and remove stubborn fat deposits.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Surgery costs can vary. Your final price will depend upon which surgeon you chose, what procedure you select, and your geographic area. Tummy-tuck procedures in the Pittsburgh area typically range from $5,000–$13,000.

If you're interested in improving the look and feel of your abdomen, call ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa today or schedule a consultation online.