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Pioneer Valley Plastic Surgery
Pioneer Valley
Plastic Surgery
Reconstructive & aesthetic plastic surgery

Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)

Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten muscles of the abdominal wall. Abdominoplasty is not a surgical treatment for being overweight. Obese individuals who intend to lose weight should postpone all forms of body contouring surgery until they have reached a stable weight. See our tummy tuck FAQs and photos



Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck firms and tightens your abdominal wall by removing any excess skin and tightening the muscles. Therefore, it is recommended that you be at an ideal body weight to achieve the best result. If you are actively losing weight, we recommend your weight be stable before undergoing any body contouring procedure. If you note excess skin or fat of the abdominal wall, or if your abdominal muscles have separated or weakened over time, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. During your consultation, we will provide you with our expert opinion on whether you are a good candidate. We will discuss the surgical process along with any possible risks and complications of the surgery.

How should I prepare for a tummy tuck consultation?

Researching tummy tuck on reputable internet sites such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons can be very informative to help provide basics about the surgery and your recovery. However, the best information will be obtained by making an appointment and speaking with Dr. Johnson. At the time of your consultation it may also be helpful to review before and after photos of patients who have had the procedure. Know your surgical expectations so you can discuss them fully. If you are a smoker, we recommend you quit to help reduce the risk of wound healing complications. We also recommend a healthy lifestyle to aid your recovery process.

Will I be seen by the surgeon?

Yes. Dr. Johnson will meet with you and she will discuss all your surgical options. Dr. Johnson will provide you with the necessary information so that you feel confident and comfortable with your surgical decision.

Will I be charged for an initial tummy tuck consultation?

Yes. There is a $100 cosmetic consultation fee for your initial visit. If you choose to have surgery with Dr. Johnson, the $100 consultation fee will go towards your surgery cost.

Are there different types of tummy tuck procedures?

A classic tummy tuck is done with a horizontal incision above the pubic area that extends from one pelvic bone to the other. In many instances a second incision around the umbilicus is needed to remove any loose skin above the umbilicus. The abdominal muscles are tightened if needed. Another variation to the tummy tuck procedure is a mini-abdominoplasty. This procedure is recommended for patients who have a small amount of loose skin below the umbilicus. In many instances this procedure does not require an incision around the umbilicus. Liposuction may be recommended in addition to a tummy tuck to contour the abdominal wall. Drains are placed to help prevent seromas (fluid collections) under the skin.

What is the surgical process for abdominoplasty?

The surgery is performed at a hospital. During surgery you will receive general anesthesia. The surgery will take between 2-3 hours. Once you are awake you are taken to the recovery room for another 1-2 hours. Our recommendation is that you spend one night in the hospital.

Are there risks involved with tummy tuck?

Yes, there are risks with any surgical procedure. Some of the possible risks with a tummy tuck are pain, infection, wound healing complications, hematoma/seroma, unsatisfactory results or scars that may require a revision surgery.

What is the recovery process from a tummy tuck?

The first few days you may feel tightness and/or pain of the abdominal wall. You will notice that the pain decreases with each passing day. You are sent home on pain medications which will decrease your discomfort. We will recommend that you wear an abdominal binder to provide compression and help minimize swelling. We will see you one week after surgery to evaluate your healing process and to possibly remove the drains. We request that you do no heavy lifting for at least one month following surgery.

Where will my abdominoplasty be performed?

Dr. Johnson has privileges at Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center. Both are accredited by the Joint Commission and have been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval, and both are conveniently located in Springfield, MA.

Will my insurance cover tummy tuck surgery?

No. Contouring your abdominal wall is a cosmetic procedure. The insurance companies do not deem this procedure medically necessary and therefore it is not a covered procedure by insurance carriers.

Can I finance my tummy tuck?

financingYes. We offer patient financing through CareCredit, which is a part of GE Capital, one of the nation's most credible and trusted financial partners. You can apply securely online by filling out a CareCredit Online Credit Application, or by calling (800) 365-8295. A decision is usually made within minutes of receiving your application.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Our office accepts all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, money orders, and certified bank checks, or you can finance through CareCredit.

Can I make payments online?

Yes. You have the option of logging into our website to make your payment securely.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Before & After Photos

All photos are of actual procedures performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #1 performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #1 with Liposuction
Female Age: 37. Height: 5' 3". Weight: 205 pounds. After photos were taken 7 months after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #2 performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #2
Female Age: 37. Height: 5' 5". Weight: 149 pounds. After photos were taken 7 weeks after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #3 performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #3
Female Age: 72. Height: 5' 0". Weight: 126 pounds. After photos were taken 2 months after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #4 performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #4
Female Age: 34. Height: 5' 2". Weight: 120 pounds. After photos were taken 6 weeks after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #5 with liposuction performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #5
Female Age: 48. Height: 5' 10". Weight: 178 pounds. After photos were taken 4 months after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #6 with liposuction performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #6 with Liposuction
Female Age: 49. Height: 5' 4". Weight: 155 pounds. > After photos were taken 10 days and 3 years after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #7 with liposuction performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #7 with Liposuction
Female Age: 40. Height: 5' 5". Weight: 170 pounds. After photos were taken 1 year after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #8 performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #8
Female Age: 43. Height: 5' 3". Weight: 136 pounds. After photos were taken 6 weeks after surgery.
BEFORE & AFTER: Abdominoplasty #9 performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson.
Abdominoplasty #9 with Panniculectomy
Female Age: 23. Height: 5' 7". Weight: 175 pounds. After photos were taken 2 months after surgery.