Dr. Guarino helps individuals in Allentown, PA achieve flat stomachs with abdominoplasty. Sometimes, a firm and toned abdomen cannot be attained through diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck enhances the appearance of the abdomen by removing stubborn fat pockets, trimming away excess skin and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. This popular procedure gives individuals a flatter, firmer looking stomach. Dr. Guarino will remind patients that a tummy tuck should not be used as an alternative for weight loss. This surgery is recommended for healthy individuals at or near their ideal weight.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"This review is long overdue. I had a full tummy tuck in July 2018 with Dr. Guarino and he did a fantastic job. He is kind and has great bedside manner and I felt comfortable with him from the very beginning. I had a very fast recovery and no complications. After two pregnancies, I had significant abdominal separation and excess skin. I am 5'1" and at one point, I went down to 110lbs and my belly was still there. I was always trying to find a way to hide my belly with my clothes and putting my hands over by belly when I sat down. For the first time in 17 yrs., I wore a bikini this summer (1yr post op) and finally felt comfortable in my own skin. Having this surgery was the best investment I have made on myself. My belly looks better than I could have ever expected. I highly recommend Dr. Guarino and he will always be my go to plastic surgeon. Thank you Dr Guarino!"- J.C. / Healthgrades / Dec 02, 2019
"Recently had a abdominoplasty and I’m beyond happy with my results.. I highly recommend Dr. Guarino! He’s my doctor for any cosmetic surgery from now on!"- L.L. / Google / Mar 30, 2022
"I’m so happy I choose to do my tummy tuck with Dr.Guarino. Absolutely pleased with my results and the way I was treated. I will forever be thankful for such a life changing experience!"- K.S. / Google / Mar 28, 2022
"After 3 kids and weight lost my body felt distorted - After 3 kids and weight lost My body felt distorted . I went to see DR.Guarino he recommended a circumferential tummy tuck. Feb 16 my life changed! I have zero regrets and I’m absolutely happy with my results! The dr and his staff make such a great team. I will forever be thankful"- K. / RealSelf / Mar 27, 2022
"Dr. Guarino is amazing. He also did my tummy tuck. Minimal scarring and the results were spot on. He is knowledgeable and kind. The staff is also amazing!! I highly recommend."- T.B. / Google / Sep 06, 2022
Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Tummy Tuck or Lipo?
Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.
What About Scarring?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.
New Pregnancy? Weight Gain?
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.