What is a Tummy Tuck?
For both women and men, sagging skin and excess fat on the stomach can feel frustrating to lose when you try to eat healthily and exercise. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging can impact your ability to attain a slimmer tummy. Achieving attractive results for patients, an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that tightens the stomach area. In Tulsa, OK, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina personalizes your tummy tuck so you can attain your desired results. This cosmetic treatment at Tulsa Surgical Arts gives patients the opportunity to have a redefined physique and restored confidence. To learn more about how a tummy tuck can help you attain your cosmetic goals, please contact us and schedule your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr. Cuzalina is very professional. Staff are friendly and helpful. I had mini tummy tuck, liposuction and blepharopasty and currently 8 weeks post op. I’m very satisfied with the results!"- K.L. / Google / Jul 04, 2019
"Very professional! Dr. Cuzalina put me at ease from the beginning. He told me what to expect, to be realistic (there will be a scar (though minimal), recovery time, etc.), and removed a great deal of my trepidation when discussing the amount of times he had done the procedure, and that I was actually a prime candidate (for a tummy tuck) since I lost the weight naturally (fewer complications). Not only that, but throughout the entire experience of the procedure, and the immediate aftercare in the suite, his entire staff treated me with respect, listened, and reassured me about my concerns. It's been 5 months since the operation and everything is going according to the original plan layed out by Dr. Cuzalina. (Swelling will last about 8 months) I will have a couple more follow ups and then expect to live the rest of my life without the excess skin around my stomach that was causing me so much dismay about my appearance and my self-esteem."- P.L. / Google / Jun 04, 2019
"Had a mini tummy tuck and Lipo. I have tape allergies (severe) and he adjusted everything to make sure I had no issues, plus did a fantastic job and answered all my annoying questions and concerns after surgery. They are very skilled and very attentive :)"- L. / Healthgrades / Jul 29, 2019
"Very professional! Dr. Cuzalina put me at ease from the beginning. He told me what to expect, to be realistic (there will be a scar (though minimal), recovery time, etc.), and removed a great deal of my trepidation when discussing the amount of times he had done the procedure, and that I was actually a prime candidate (for a tummy tuck) since I lost the weight naturally (fewer complications). Not only that, but throughout the entire experience of the procedure, and the immediate aftercare in the suite, his entire staff treated me with respect, listened, and reassured me about my concerns. It's been 5 months since the operation and everything is going according to the original plan layed out by Dr. Cuzalina. (Swelling will last about 8 months) I will have a couple more follow ups and then expect to live the rest of my life without the excess skin around my stomach that was causing me so much dismay about my appearance and my self-esteem."- P.L. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
"Dr. Cuzalina and his entire staff have been so incredible to me. I wish I could give more than just 5 stars. I’ve lost 135 pounds and they did my tummy tuck! Not only this, but they did it completely free to me after applying for Dr. Cuzalina’s complimentary surgery. Never once did I feel as if I was treated any differently than patients who paid. Each member of the staff was so incredibly kind, caring, and made sure to let me know they were there for me! They gave me their personal cell phone numbers to be able to access them outside of regular office hours if I had any issues. My stomach has never been flat my entire 23 years of life, and now it is thanks to Tulsa Surgical Arts! Down the line I hope to get skin removal on my arms and thighs as well, and I know without a shadow of a doubt I will be returning to their office when I can afford it. Thank you all so very much for changing my life. Words can’t describe how grateful I am for all of you."- S.H. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
Is A Tummy Tuck For You?
At Tulsa Surgical Arts, we can perform abdominoplasty on both men and women. If you struggle with sagging skin or stubborn pockets of fat on the stomach, a tummy tuck can help you look slimmer and more toned. Before undergoing this treatment, Dr. Cuzalina recommends being at a stable weight because it could impact your final results. It is important to realize that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure; instead, it focuses on loose skin and tightening the muscles. We may incorporate liposuction to eliminate fat and to enhance your results. However, if your lower stomach has healthy skin tightness, but you still feel unhappy with the appearance of your tummy, you may be a better candidate for liposuction. For long-lasting results, women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy.
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
Small fat pockets and loose skin can be frustrating and make you feel embarrassed about your middle. You may avoid going to the beach or pool or wearing your favorite items of clothing. Hanging skin around the abdomen can also cause issues with chafing and rashes. A tummy tuck can help you achieve a slimmer stomach by targeting these specific problem areas directly. Patients also find it easier to exercise or perform other physical activities with a flatter belly. Allow us to restore your body's natural form and function by scheduling a consultation.
We perform tummy tuck surgery with general anesthesia. Before your procedure, Dr. Cuzalina will consider various incision techniques, which he tailors to meet your needs. To start, the incision size is determined based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with an abundance of sagging skin may require a full tummy tuck. A full or extended tummy tuck places the incision from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic area. Patients who have minimal skin laxity may only need a mini tummy tuck. These patients still benefit from skin tightening, but they have a smaller scar. Regardless of the technique, all tummy tuck procedures at Tulsa Surgical Arts involve body contouring and liposuction.
What to Expect
After completing your surgery, we will carefully monitor you and send you home in a compression garment to assist with swelling. Standing upright and walking may feel painful for a while so you should take it easy for a few days. Resuming normal movement becomes less painful once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision heals. Most patients can resume their normal routines in around two weeks. Generally, workouts can restart in around eight weeks or when Dr. Cuzalina lets you know. The abdomen will feel sore and tight, but you will look and feel normal after recovering.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Cuzalina will develop your unique treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals before estimating costs. He will be able to better estimate your costs when the type of tummy tuck has been decided, which technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and other factors. To ensure you get high-quality results from a skilled surgeon, Tulsa Surgical Arts makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by taking many payment methods and giving you information on low-interest medical financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three most common techniques for tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. During your consultation, Dr. Cuzalina will listen to your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, he can better decide the technique that will produce your best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to fix issues in the lower and upper stomach, while a mini tummy tuck is better if you only have concerns under your belly button, like a "pooch." The extended technique can improve the abdomen plus your upper thighs and hips.
What will my scars look like?
Surgical incisions for your tummy tuck will vary based on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Cuzalina uses the thinnest incisions needed to limit scars. He also places incisions in less visible areas (through the belly button or in the pubic region), so they may be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions, so your incisions heal properly and eventually blend into your natural skin.
Is it okay to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can still get pregnant after an abdominoplasty, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Cuzalina strongly encourages that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider an abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery may be done to refresh your stomach.
Can I combine a tummy tuck with another surgery?
A lot of patients get another body surgery with abdominoplasty to give them more dramatic results. At your consultation with Dr. Cuzalina, talk to him about all of your concerns so a unique treatment plan can be developed to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine a tummy tuck with a thighplasty for a lower body lift or several areas for all over body contouring. If you want to rejuvenate your body after having children or losing a lot of weight, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.
Many factors can create a sagging stomach, which causes loose and wrinkled skin. We understand it can feel frustrating to try and reduce these problems with diet and exercise. A tummy tuck can help you attain your desired results. If you feel embarrassed by saggy skin on your abdomen, regardless of the severity, a tummy tuck with Dr. Cuzalina can help you get the body you want. Please contact Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK to schedule an appointment, receive a treatment plan, and learn more about the cost.
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