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Tummy Tuck in Salt Lake City, UT

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

The stomach is scientifically one of the most difficult areas to enhance with only diet and exercise. A tummy tuck can help you eliminate sagging skin and achieve the firm, toned stomach that you desire. Envision Plastic Surgery offers this procedure to the residents of Salt Lake City, Utah

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a popular plastic surgery procedure for improving the shape and appearance of the abdomen. Pregnancy or significant weight change can cause women to lose their slim abdominal contour; a tummy tuck will reverse these changes. A tummy tuck accomplishes this by removing excess skin and fat on the abdomen, while also tightening the underlying abdominal muscles.

What Are The Types of Tummy Tucks?

At Envision Plastic Surgery, we offer two variations of the tummy tuck, a full or traditional tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck.


Standard Tummy Tuck

The standard tummy tuck, also referred to as a full or traditional tummy tuck, is a more comprehensive abdominal rejuvenation surgery. It addresses both the upper and lower abdomen by lifting the skin, tightening the muscles and removing excess skin and fat. It involves a horizontal incision above the pubic area that extends from hip to hip, as well as an incision around the belly button.


Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a less extensive procedure designed for individuals with localized excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. It is ideal for those who have good skin quality and muscle tone in the upper abdomen but desire improvement in the lower abdominal area. The incision made during a mini tummy tuck is smaller and is typically located just above the pubic region. A smaller amount of skin and fat is removed compared to a traditional tummy tuck, and the belly button is usually not repositioned.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

  • Creates a flatter stomach
  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • • Tightens the abdominal muscles for enhanced core strength
  • Reduces stretch marks

Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

The best way to determine your candidacy for a tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dunkley. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Dunkley will evaluate your cosmetic goals and help you determine whether a tummy tuck is a good fit for you. In addition to being in good health and having realistic expectations for the treatment, you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Sagging abdominal skin due to aging, pregnancy or weight loss
  • Stubborn fat in the abdominal area despite diet and exercise
  • Unsightly Stretch marks below the belly button

    Why Choose Dr. Dunkley?

    Dr. Dunkley, a board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT, is an excellent choice for breast augmentation surgery. With extensive training and experience, Dr. Dunkley possesses the expertise needed to deliver exceptional results. His qualifications include being board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery & Otolaryngology by the American Osteopathic Association Specialty Certifying Board, and being fellowship trained in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Dunkley's dedication to his patients' comfort, education, and outcome is evident, making him a trustworthy choice for those seeking a surgeon they can rely on. Read more about Dr. Dunkley or explore his reviews.

    Would you like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dunkley? If so, contact us today. You can discuss your goals with Dr. Dunkley to determine the treatment options that are best for you. Envision Plastic Surgery welcomes patients from Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and the other nearby areas of Salt Lake City, UT. For out of town patients, an online consultation is possible

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    How Can I Prepare For a Tummy Tuck?

    An abdominoplasty is a major surgery. It is important to prepare mentally and to prepare your home for your return following surgery. Moving around will be difficult at first. A recliner is often the best place to sleep the first few days. Create a comfortable recovery space in your home and stock up on necessary supplies such as loose-fitting clothing, button-up tops, ice packs, Gatorade, protein drinks and any other desired post-operative care items. Arrange to have someone drive you to and from the procedure and stay with you the first few days at home. You will be asked to quit smoking three weeks before surgery, as it can impede blood circulation and the healing process. If you have multiple medical conditions, Dr Dunkley may need an EKG and a note from your regular doctor stating you are healthy enough for surgery.

    How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

    At Envision Cosmetic Surgery, each tummy tuck procedure is personalized to a patient’s unique treatment goals. The cost of your tummy tuck will vary depending on how we customize your treatment, which includes the techniques required to produce your desired results. Dr. Dunkley feels strongly that cosmetic surgery should be available to all and works hard to keep the cost as reasonable as possible. During your consultation, we can explain all of the costs associated with your tummy tuck so you know exactly what to expect before starting treatment. To help make this and other treatments more affordable, we have many financing options available.

    What Happens During Tummy Tuck Surgery?

    The tummy tuck surgery will vary depending on whether you’re receiving a mini tummy tuck or a standard tummy tuck, and may have additional variations depending on your personal treatment goals.

    Traditional Tummy Tuck

    A standard tummy tuck removes all the skin between the pubic hair and the belly button. An incision is made around the belly button and it is left attached to the muscle layer. The skin above the belly button is elevated up to the ribs. While the skin is free, the rectus abdominus muscles are sewn together from the ribs to the pubic area to tighten the muscle and flatten the abdomen. The skin is pulled down to the pubic area and the excess removed resulting in a low incision that spans from hip to hip. A new opening is created for the belly button and it is sewn into place. The belly button isn’t really “moved” but it will look different and have an incision all the way around it. A standard tummy tuck allows much more skin to be removed and more shaping and tightening of the abdomen.

    Mini Tummy Tuck

    A mini tummy tuck removes a small amount of skin below the belly button. During the procedure two vertical muscles called the rectus abdominus muscles are exposed and sewn back together in the midline from the belly button to the incision line. The belly button is not affected other than getting a slight downward pull. A mini tummy tuck is appropriate for a select few people. Any amount of hanging skin disqualifies one for a mini tummy tuck.

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    How Long is Tummy Tuck Recovery?

    From the day of your surgery until the day you are fully recovered is typically 2 months. For scar tissue to soften and incisions to lighten can take 6 months to a year. However, it’s important to note that the recovery process can vary from patient to patient depending on their health, adherence to post-operative guidelines and the extent of surgery performed. Furthermore, most people return to their normal routines well before they make a full recovery.

    What Can I Expect On The Day Of My Tummy Tuck?

    On the day of your tummy tuck surgery, your appointment will start with meeting the surgical team. Dr. Dunkley will speak to you and place marks on the abdomen to guide surgery. Once in the operating suite, you are given anesthesia and will go to sleep. This ensures you will be safe and comfortable for the duration of the surgery, with no pain or memory of the surgical process. You will awake in the recovery room and stay until the anesthesia has worn off.

    Can I Go Home After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

    Yes, tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, so most patients are able to return home within a few hours of their surgery. However, you should arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you during the first few days of your recovery. This ensures that you have assistance and support as you begin your healing process. You may also need help standing and walking in the first few days following surgery.

    What is the Tummy Tuck Recovery Timeline?

    Tummy tuck recovery will vary by patient, but the week by week recovery process will generally resemble the following timeline:

    Week 1

    Expect to be very sore after a tummy tuck, but also amazed how good you look, even the first day after your procedure. Dressings will be removed the next day. Pain and swelling will be most severe during this week, but they can be effectively managed with pain medications and by following post-procedure guidelines. We will provide an abdominal binder to be worn for several weeks. Walking is important the first week to avoid getting blood clots in your legs. You should plan to take 2-4 weeks off of work depending on how physical your job is.

    Week 2-3

    Swelling and bruising gradually begin to subside, but they may still be present during this time. Week two, you can usually take care of your self and normal everyday activities. After approximately two weeks, most patients can return to a desk job and light activities. Strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and exercise, will still need to be avoided.

    Weeks 4-6

    By 4 weeks, most patients are able to resume their normal activities under the guidance of Dr. Dunkley. After approximately six weeks, the abdominal binder is no longer needed, and you’ll be able to enjoy your results from the tummy tuck surgery.

    Months 3 and Beyond

    The majority of the swelling should have subsided, and patients should notice a significant improvement in the contour of the abdomen. Patients will be able to resume all activities during this time. Scar tissue is remodeled by the body for up to a year. Final results are seen 6-months to 1 year out from surgery.

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    How Should I Sleep After a Tummy Tuck?

    After undergoing a tummy tuck surgery, you will need to sleep in certain positions to protect the incision areas and facilitate healing. Typically, we recommend sleeping in an elevated position to reduce swelling and enhance blood circulation. This can be achieved by propping yourself up using pillows or opting for a reclining chair, allowing you to sleep in a semi-sitting position for the first few days. It is important to avoid sleeping on your stomach or sides during the initial stages of recovery to prevent strain on the incisions. Instead, try to sleep on your back, which helps minimize pressure on the abdominal area.

    Can I Get Pregnant After A Tummy Tuck?

    You can get pregnant after having a tummy tuck and have a safe pregnancy. However, pregnancy can undo some of the improvements made to the stomach when the tummy tuck was performed. For example, during a tummy tuck, the rectus abdominus muscles (two vertical muscles in the central abdomen) are cinched back together in the midline. When you are pregnant, these can be stretched apart again, and likely won’t return to their tightened position after pregnancy. We typically advise that patients put off their tummy tuck surgery until they no longer plan on having additional children.

    How Long Do the Results from a Tummy Tuck Last?

    The results of a tummy tuck surgery can be long-lasting provided that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable body weight. The procedure involves the permanent removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, which will not return. Additionally, the underlying abdominal muscles are often tightened during the surgery, creating a more toned and firm appearance that can endure over time, especially with regular core-strengthening exercises. However, it's important to note that significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy after a tummy tuck can impact the long-term results. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal muscles and skin, potentially reversing some of the improvements. Additionally, the natural aging process will continue after a tummy tuck, which means the effects of gravity and changes in skin elasticity may cause mild sagging over time.

    If you’re ready to get started with your tummy tuck procedure, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Dunkley and begin planning your treatment. Envision Plastic Surgery offers this treatment to men and women living in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, including those in Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado.