Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty | Chicago, IL
Tummy Tuck surgery can transform your abdomen so you can get your body back.
A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure will restore the shape and flatten your abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat as a result of significant weight loss or following pregnancy. Our practice specializes in Tummy Tuck surgery and are known for specialized tummy tuck techniques and incredible results.
Tummy Tuck: What is are the benefits?
Tummy Tuck surgery has many aesthetic benefits.
A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to restore and enhance the appearance of the abdomen, or “stomach” area.
If you have experienced pregnancy or weight changes that have resulted in loose skin, bulging fat, or weak muscles in the abdominal area, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Although tummy tucks are considered elective cosmetic procedures, there are a lot of functional benefits as well.
Your surgeon will evaluate you and explain if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck and how it can benefit you. Some benefits include:
- Removes extra sagging skin and fat after pregnancy or weight loss.
- Repairs and strengthens loose, weakened abdominal muscles, or rectus diastasis.
- Creates a smooth, flat, and shapely stomach profile.
Verified Patient Reviews
I recently had a tummy tuck procedure which was performed by Dr. T only about 3 weeks ago. I feel & look great! I can’t express how ecstatic I truly am! I’m in my 30’s with no kids, struggling with weight since I was a teenager. My weight fluctuating over the years caused me to have a pouch (very unattractive). I’m still on the plus size but a hanging belly made me look even heavier and impacted my self-esteem. Before I went to Dr. T for a consult. I reached out to several of the popular Instagram doctors aboard. I watched countless videos of other girls who shared their experiences having surgeries in other countries. I received several cheap quotes compared to the prices in Chicago and other U.S cities. But I just couldn’t risk traveling aboard and jeopardizing my health to save money. I’m writing a long review because prior to my surgery and even before my consultation. I searched endlessly, for honest reviews from other patients who had gotten a tummy tuck and were in the same predicament as myself. It’s only been 3 weeks but my body has transformed and my self-confidence has increased. I’m looking forward to the final results which do take several months.
The recovery has been really easy! Please don’t be disheartened by the scary and painful experiences shared on social media and YouTube. I understand everyone’s body is not the same and each of us will have a different experience with our recovery. With that being sad, having an experienced, board certified, and a gifted plastic surgeon makes all the difference. Honestly, hardest part of the recovery was not being able to drive for the first 2 weeks. Driving restrictions will be given by all plastic surgeons who perform tummy tucks. I was hesitant because it was my surgery and also because of the cost, but Dr. T’s prices are fair, affordable and competitive in the Chicago market. I was not pressured into getting the surgery, my questions were thoroughly answered with kindness and patience by Dr. T, and his wonderful assistant Monika. I asked countless redundant questions and spent a great deal of time with both of them before finalizing my decision. The entire staff is so professional, nonjudgmental, genuinely kind and caring.
Final thoughts, it might be cheaper to travel aboard but it’s not worth the risk. I made decision to undergo my surgery ever with Dr. T, not only because of his merits, academic accomplishments and amazing procedure results and also his swag, but because of his of aura. It’s hard to explain but you will sense it when you meet him, he’s honest, patient, kind and most importantly he’s ethical. He doesn’t recommend unnecessary procedures or enforces changes he wants to see on you. He will help and guide you in achieving the body you have envisioned for yourself. My only regret is not getting a tummy tuck sooner with him. It’s embarrassing but I’m sharing my pictures because I had desperately searched for body types like my own, who had gotten the procedure and wanted to see their results. I hope my very long review helps anyone considering tummy tuck. If you’re in Chicago meet Dr. T if you’re interested in the tummy tuck, it’ll be totally worth it! Always read others review on Realself, never thought I’d be writing one too! 🙂
Dr Truong changed my world! I went to Dr Truong for a tummy tuck, got 2 other opinions and felt Dr Truong was the right Doctor and office. I had (more than 20 years ago) several stomach surgeries and was left with an “Apron” on one side, add to weight gain and it was positively unseemly. Dr Truong did my Surgery in June 2013. I can tuck in my blouse!! The change in looking in the mirror is awesome – I am very happy with my decision and the outcome. The staff and the Doctor are really wonderful – I had poor Suzie on my speed dial and she was the epitome of kindness and courtesy. If you are thinking of surgery – go see DR TRUONG!!
I have a lot to say about my experience here. First of all my biggest issue was that I had extra skin on my tummy with lots of stretch marks after loosing 60 pounds, then my boobs got very saggy. Took me 8 years after I had my son to finally loose the weight. Took me 3 years to decide on this surgery and I was shopping around looking for the best answers. After going to 3 consultations to some other places I found Dr. Troung to be the most truthful and helpful source for my best decide, other places were cheap but weren’t so honest and were adding things I didn’t want or suggested to get done the other places reviews were terrible and just the way I was approach was different from what I’ve experienced at Dr.Troung’s office. It all started with making that phone call to get in the books for a free consultation having them explain to me the whole process and asking me my goals Dr. Truong gave me his best opinions and I just loved the way he explained everything and how honest he was. I had a list full of questions prepared. After finally deciding the best option of getting a tummy tuck and a boob lift with implant I was handled to the best financial cordinator Monika she took her time to explain my other options of payments. I had my surgery December 14th 2018. They made me feel so comfortable that day of surgery my mom was there with me they treated my mom so nice and even kept her posted with my surgery while I was in the process of surgery. I’m so happy with them they even were keeping up with me with phone calls and checking up on me after surgery , had a call from the nurse Nikki Zaffino which was very attentive, then the anesthesiologist Who has 40 years of experience and No deaths which was my biggest question, them Monika, then finally to the amazing surgeon Dr.Truong. My results Are amazing so far. They are a great team together I really appreciate their time and help because a surgery is not easy and we hear a lot of bad things on the news or social media I hope this helps everyone who has many questions but don’t hesitate to ask what you need, they are there to help and will answer to all of your concerns. Thank you everyone !!!
Why Choose Dr. Truong For Your Tummy Tuck?
Voted one of America’s top surgeons in the field of Cosmetic Surgery by Consumer’s Research Council of America.
Men and women from all over the country come to Chicago to see Dr. Truong. His amazing results earned him the reputation as the “breast & body specialist,” , As founder of Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics, Dr. Truong has shared his surgical artistry with patients from all over the country as well as clients abroad.
Dr. Truong is triple board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Truong is a well-respected among patients and peers and holds a long list of academic awards and professional accolades.
Dr. completed medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was encouraged to pursue a surgical career by his professors who saw in him the rare combination of intellect and talented hands that are the hallmarks of an excellent surgeon.
Dr. Truong served as Chief Resident at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital. During his surgical training, Dr. Truong received numerous awards and was published for his research work in skin regeneration and artificial skin.
Dr. Truong pursued his interests in aesthetic surgery by gaining acceptance to a highly competitive American Academy Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship followed by an Aesthetic Plastic Surgery apprenticeship. During his fellowships, Dr. Truong dedicated years EXCLUSIVELY to the art and practice of Cosmetic Surgery. His training included facial rejuvenation techniques, breast and body restorative surgeries, liposuction and body sculpting, as well as minimally invasive aesthetic surgery, and laser surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
As more men and women learn about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery, the procedure is becoming one of the most popular body contouring options. If you’re interested in improving your midsection, you may have questions about what a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can do for you.
At Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics, Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong and his team will take the time to answer any concerns you might have so you can feel positive about moving forward with your tummy tuck. Some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions are listed below, but please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure?
A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen.
A tummy tuck, technically known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and lower abdomen, and the underlying abdominal muscles are pulled together and tightened. Although viewed primarily as a cosmetic procedure that is performed for appearances rather than due to medical necessity, a tummy tuck can offer both physical and psychological benefits, particularly for women after pregnancy and either men or women who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Skin is designed to be elastic in order to compensate for the changes in the body that occur with growth, weight fluctuation and pregnancy. However, when those changes occur very quickly, as in the case of pregnancy or rapid weight loss, the stretched-out skin may not “snap back” to its former appearance the way it should. This can lead to a flabby appearance caused by extra skin around the tummy that remains behind even when living an active and healthy lifestyle.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Do you have loose abdominal skin?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck have loose skin around their abdomen, as well as loose abdominal muscles or excess fatty deposits. Most frequently, abdominoplasty patients are women who have been pregnant, but the procedure can also benefit men or women who have lost a significant amount of weight that left them with baggy skin and an unflattering midsection.
A consultation with Dr. Truong will help you better understand the results you can expect to see from a tummy tuck and whether you might be a good candidate
Can a tummy tuck help reduce my stomach fat?
Not a weight loss pill, but ...
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss and patients should reach their goal weight prior to undergoing surgery. However, if you have subcutaneous fat around your abdomen that persists despite your best weight loss efforts, Dr. Truong can include liposuction in your abdominoplasty procedure to better contour the midsection
Full Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck? What is the Difference?
Is your loose skin above or below the belly button?
A Full Tummy Tuck is a complete reconstruction of the abdominal area which includes full removal of the loose skin and fat from the belly button down, a full repair of loose muscles or rectus diastasis if needed, and a reconstruction of umbilicus or belly button. A Mini Tummy Tuck is a less extensive version of a Full Tummy Tuck in patients that don’t need as much skin removed. The incision is usually shorter with a Mini Tummy Tuck and the belly button is not detached or reconstructed.
Also, full abdominal muscle tightening is not possible with a Mini Tummy Tuck. More patients are better candidates for Full Tummy Tucks than Mini Tummy Tucks.
Every patient is different. Your surgeon will discuss your tummy tuck options to best meet your individual needs.
If your skin laxity is primarily focused in the lower abdomen, bellow the belly button, and any abdominal separation is minimal, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck, which uses a less aggressive approach to address only the lower abdomen.
On the other hand, if you have skin laxity throughout your upper and lower abdomen or more pronounced abdominal separation, a full tummy tuck might be the best option for you.
How do I prepare for Tummy Tuck surgery?
Follow your surgeon's orders
To prepare for your tummy tuck procedure you should always follow your doctor’s pre-and post surgical instructions including:
- Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water
- You should be free of any illnesses or infections
- Do not smoke, use nicotine or other drugs for several weeks prior to your surgery and several weeks after for best chance of proper healing.
- Avoid certain medications such as aspirin, over-the-counter pain killers that can cause excess bleeding.
- Stop taking certain supplements and vitamins unless approved by your surgeon.
- Make sure you have someone to take you home and care for you during your recovery period
Your surgeon’s priority is your SAFETY and giving you the results you desire, so it is very important to follow your doctor’s orders. If you have any questions about how to prepare for surgery don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon!
How long does the surgery take?
Less than 1 hour and up to 4 hours
Because a tummy tuck is such a personalized procedure, the exact duration of your surgery depends on the approach that Dr. Truong uses for you. In some patients whose needs are minimal, a tummy tuck can take less than an hour. For others, the procedure can last 4 hours or more. The best way to gain a better understanding of how long your particular abdominoplasty will last is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Truong so that he can assess your needs.
What type of anesthesia is required for a tummy tuck procedure?
Most Tummy Tuck surgeries are performed under general anesthesia.
Abdominoplasty surgeries are done most safely under general anesthesia. This is because the procedure involves removal of extra skin, tightening of abdominal muscles, and reconstruction of the umbilicus. Tummy Tucks can take 2-3 hours to perform and patients are kept most comfortable under general anesthesia. In most cases however, Tummy Tucks are outpatient procedures and patients can go home the same day as their surgery in order to recover at home.
Will I need drains after a tummy tuck?
You will most likely need drains after your Tummy Tuck. Drains are temporary tubes which are placed during surgery to help drain excess fluid which can build up under the stretched skin after a Tummy Tuck. In most cases, the drains can be removed easily in the office after 5-7 days. You will be instructed on how to care for your drains including how to clean them and empty them.
Tummy Tuck Recovery: How long does it take to recover?
The average downtime for a Tummy Tuck is 10-14 days.
While everyone’s recovery experience is different and your recovery will vary depending on the type of abdominoplasty you get, you can expect to feel some soreness around the site of your incision accompanied by some degree of discomfort in the abdominal area.
You should take time away from work and other responsibilities to rest for at least 1 to 2 weeks. You may be provided with a compression garment to wear, which can help speed up the tummy tuck recovery process by promoting blood flow and reducing swelling.
- Day 1-3 – You will be instructed to rest at home and care for your drains. You will not be completely bed-ridden, but you will be moving slow and may need extra help at home.
- 2 weeks – Your drains will be out, and you should be able to walk, perform daily functions, drive, and most patients are able to return to work given your job is not physical. You may still have some discomfort, but most patients are no longer taking pain medication.
- 6 weeks – You should be able to resume most activities including light to moderate exercise.
- 3 months – You should be back to essentially full activity and your scars should be mostly healed and feeling mostly normal. You may still have tightness and your scar may still be red or purple.
- 6 months – Your scar should be starting to fade, your sensation should be almost normal again, and the skin and tissues are soft and natural-feeling.
- 1 year – You should feel completely normal and your scar should be fading and will continue to fade over the next few years.
You may download our complete tummy tuck post-operative instructions located here.
You can read more tips on how to prepare for your Tummy Tuck recovery here.
Will I have permanent scars?
As with all surgeries, the scarring from an abdominoplasty is permanent. However, Dr. Truong takes special care to place the scar below your bikini line, meaning your scar shouldn’t be visible even if you’re only wearing a bathing suit. Typically, a full tummy tuck scar will stretch from one hip to the other, although a mini tummy tuck scar will be slightly shorter
How long will I have to wait before seeing my final results?
Immediate results! Full results after 6 months...
Your tummy tuck results will be noticeable immediately after your surgery, although you can expect swelling and bruising to obscure your final outcome. While post-operative swelling should decrease significantly over the first several weeks, your final results may not be apparent until 6 months after surgery.
How much is a tummy tuck in Chicago?
The average cost for a Tummy Tuck procedure in Chicago is between $7995 – $10995. This cost can change depending on your specific case, your surgeon’s experience, who administers your anesthesia and where you get the surgery. cost of your tummy tuck in Chicago will depend on several factors such as your surgeon’s experience, area and your specific case. Our pricing is comparable to other surgeons of similar experience. While price is important, it shouldn’t be only deciding factor. Just because a doctor offers this procedure does not mean he is qualified or board-certified in abdominoplasty surgery.
We offer several financing options such as CareCredit and Alphaeon. You may apply at home or talk to your coordinator about options available to you.
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