Tummy Tuck

Whether you are male or female, a tummy tuck in Indiana with Dr. Gus Galante can give you a flatter, more sculpted abdomen. This procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat. Technically called abdominoplasty, this procedure can give patients an improved body image and a new sense of confidence. A tummy tuck can benefit mothers after their childbearing years, or individuals who have lost a considerable amount of weight and are experiencing muscle laxity, excess skin, and pockets of residual fat.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 125 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #125

Unhappy with the look of her abdomen, this 44-year-old patient scheduled a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Galante. She was eager to learn more about the process of getting abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, in our Indiana plastic surgery practice.The patient, a mother of 3, delivered each of her children via caesarean... Read More
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Case #64

This 37 year-old woman had previously undergone breast augmentation and liposuction at our Indiana practice. But while she enjoyed the slimmer contour she achieved through high-quality surgery and healthy habits, she wasn't so happy about the loose, droopy abdominal skin that her weight loss left behind.Based on her good health and recovery... Read More
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Case #144

At 55, this insurance agent was troubled by the appearance of her abdomen, especially the area below the navel. She also had a condition called diastasis recti, which occurs when the abdominal muscles become separated -- a common occurrence after pregnancy. She visited our Valparaiso, Indiana office to discuss tummy tuck surgery. Dr.... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 25 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #25

This 38 year old Indiana patient desired improvement of the loose and wrinkled skin of her abdomen. An abdominoplasy tightened the muscles and removed the excess skin and fat.
Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 114 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #114

Like many women following pregnancy and breastfeeding, this 28-year-old wasn't happy with the appearance of her breasts or abdomen. She was in good shape when she came for her consultation at our Valparaiso office, but she wanted larger breasts and a trimmer abdomen. I recommended a Mommy Makeover — combining a tummy tuck with breast augmentation... Read More
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Case 195

This 38 year old patient had one pregnancy. She had concerns of breasts being deflated and sagging after pregnancy and breastfeeding. She was also unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen with concerns of loose skin that would not improve with exercise and diet. A tummy tuck was performed to remove extra skin on her abdomen and repair her stomach... Read More
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Case #171

This 47 year old patient desired a more contoured waist. She had a tummy tuck and liposuction of her flanks to achieve the results seen here.
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Case #164

This 59 year old patient presented to our plastic surgery office in Schererville for a consultation to improve the contour of her abdomen. She said there was excess skin and fat and no longer fit well in her clothing. Her photos demonstrate the typical appearance of someone who has had a few pregnancies and some mild weight gain with age; a... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Your transformation will begin with an in-depth, personal consultation with Dr. Galante. He will evaluate your medical history to determine the best way to achieve your desired result. Dr. Galante will encourage you to ask questions and to be open and honest about your goals.

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Thank you for visiting the Indiana plastic surgery practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante. Our team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make an educated decision about your procedure. We offer a full range of surgical and non-surgical treatments such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and BOTOX® Cosmetic. Our goal is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident about your choices. We have offices in Valparaiso and Schererville for your convenience.

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Procedure Details

Tummy tuck procedures can take between 2 and 5 hours. Dr. Galante performs tummy tucks using general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, meaning you’ll likely go home the day of your surgery. However, some patients will need to stay overnight in the hospital for observation.

Dr. Galante may recommend a standard or mini abdominoplasty procedure. Read more about these options below.

Standard Abdominoplasty

A standard abdominoplasty, more commonly called a “full” tummy tuck, is the most common procedure and gets the most extensive results. It is appropriate for patients who have loose, excess tissue both above and below the belly button. Here’s how the process works:
A standard abdominoplasty

  • Dr. Galante marks your abdomen to show where he’ll make the incisions, from hip to hip very low on the abdomen and around your navel.
  • After making the incisions, he detaches your skin from the abdominal wall, giving him access to the muscles. He then sutures the muscles, pulling them tight to repair them.
  • In most cases, Dr. Galante then uses liposuction to reduce excess fat from the area.
  • He then pulls down the skin, stretching it past the incision and removing any excess.
  • Dr. Galante then creates a new opening for your navel in a location that looks natural. He then closes the incisions.

Drains are usually used in a full tummy tuck, relieving fluid buildup, which can put pressure on incisions.

Mini Abdominoplasty

A modified version of a full tummy tuck, commonly called a “mini” tummy tuck, typically requires a shorter incision and usually doesn’t involve repositioning the belly button. It’s most appropriate for patients who have excess skin only below the belly button. Good candidates for a mini abdominoplasty have skin with good elasticity and abdominal muscles that are strong.

The procedure is similar to the full tummy tuck, except Dr. Galante makes only a single incision above the pubic area. This incision is usually shorter than for a full abdominoplasty.

"I was in and out in a few hours. It seems funny to say this, but overall it was honestly a pleasant experience."

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Individual results may vary.

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Tummy Tuck for Men

A tummy tuck procedure is virtually identical for male and female patients. Often women who have had children need to have their abdominal wall muscles repaired. Men sometimes need this done as part of their procedure as well. Dr. Galante notes that one main difference with a male tummy tuck is that surgeons must avoid results that create an hourglass shape, to maintain a masculine physique.

The approach to the surgery is less about gender and more about each patient’s specific desires. Your surgeon must be aware of your goals, so he or she can take them into consideration when creating a safe surgical plan.

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5.0/5
Jun 9, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable. They made me feel very comfortable and explained everything thoroughly. Not only did the staff and Dr. Galante take the time to understand my careers, and hone life, but they were also able to calm my fears about surgery. They are truly professionals! Highly, highly recommend!
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5.0/5
May 24, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff have been EXCEPTIONAL throughout this process. I had breast augmentation and everything the doctor and nurse told me to expect was to a T. In the Operating room Dr. Galante made me feel so calm, comforted, and safe. He put on music of my choice, and with a smile held my hand and didn’t let go (until I fell asleep of course) Afterwards, recovery nurse absolutely AMAZING! Received a personal phone call from Dr. Galante that night just to follow up and see how I was feeling. Few days later, the surgical center checked on me to also see how Everything was progressing. My recovery is only 9 days post op and IM IN LOVE WITH THE RESULTS!! I did my research and I would do it ALL OVER again with this physician and staff! I have so many people to refer and honestly if you want superb results and patient care, go to THE BEST! Thank you Dr. Galante and staff.
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5.0/5
Apr 22, 2021
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My only regret is that I didn’t come here sooner!!! I was working so hard in the gym but couldn’t see results because my body was so rough from having babies. Dr. Galante changed all of that! It is miraculous to me that so many kind, hospitable, and encouraging people all work in one office! I was feeling really nervous and pretty insecure about the whole process, especially because I had received consultations from elsewhere and had a very negative experience. Dr. Galante and his staff were so uplifting and made me feel beautiful even before my procedure. He could charge a lot more for his work but doesn’t, I think because he just likes helping others feel beautiful. Every person in this office is gifted with making people feel welcome and cared for. Also, his work is incredible. He far exceeded my expectations for what I would look like after my surgery. I will never go anywhere else and I encourage all of my friends to see him. Thank you, Dr. Galante and staff for taking such good care of me! My results are amazing and just keep getting better.
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5.0/5
Jan 16, 2021
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Had a brow, neck and face lift. Dr. Galante did an excellent job. The doctor and staff was amazing. The scars you don't notice, can't believe how you have to point them out to see them. Can't wait till I can go back and have other procedures done. Their concerns are what you want and what will make you happy. I highly recommend the work of him and his staff.
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5.0/5
Jan 9, 2021
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Dr Galante is amazing! I recently had breast augmentation in Nov 2020. I am a mother of 3 children and work full time. I went to a total of 4 consultations with other surgeons and decided to go with Dr Galante. He took his time and went through everything. He answered my questions and concerns. I was so nervous on the day of surgery and is whole team of nurses, surgical tech, and CRNA made the process easy. I have no regrets and am very pleased with my results, he did exactly what I asked and I feel amazing!!
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5.0/5
Sep 12, 2020
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Flawless. I recently had breast implant removal and replacement with Dr. Galante, who came highly recommended, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. After many years, I was at a crossroads about having my implants removed or replacing them. At the consultation, Dr. Galante and Megan, nurse & patient coordinator, we’re attentive, informative and caring. They gave me the information, pros and cons, and didn’t try to sway my decision either way. I didn’t wait too long and decided to go for it and have removal and replacement. He is a truly gifted surgeon and put in just the right size for my frame. This breast surgery was a cinch the second time around. Wish I hadn’t waited. His staff are all very nice and professional. The nurses and anesthesiologists at the clinic all top notch too. It was win win! Thank you!
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5.0/5
Aug 20, 2020
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BEST decision I’ve ever made!! I have had two procedures done by Dr. Galante, including a breast augmentation and lower eyelid procedure, and have recommended many friends to him! I got my breasts done 7 years ago now and have never felt more confident in my own skin, I will be surprised if they ever need to be replaced. While the healing was a bit uncomfortable, I would do it a million times over again. They look SO GOOD. I can’t tell you how many “compliments” I’ve gotten on them. My lower eyelid lift was a few days ago & WOW the results already! My eyes look like they did before I hit puberty. Although I’m not fully healed I am already so happy. He is a true artist and extremely professional. Wonderful staff as well! Would highly recommend him and his practice!
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5.0/5
Jul 8, 2020
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It has been 7 months since my breast reduction and I couldn’t be happier! From beginning to end Dr. Galante and his entire staff have been outstanding. The high reviews and no consultation fee is what first drew me. From day one he makes you feel very comfortable and secure. He is patient and friendly. Most importantly, he is informative and he knows what he’s doing! I love my results. This was so worth it! Absolute best decision I could’ve made. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0/5
Jun 18, 2020
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I highly recommend Dr. Galante and his staff. Everyone on staff is truly wonderful! My results exceeded my expectations. I love the way Iook! The Dr. and staff made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process.
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5.0/5
Apr 16, 2020
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He is 1 of my FAVORITE Dr.'s! So sincere n makes you feel VERY COMFORTABLE! ❤❤❤❤
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5.0/5
Jan 31, 2020
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante is very knowledgeable, caring, and exhibits excellent judgement.
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5.0/5
Dec 10, 2019
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Dr. Galante and his staff are all fine, compassionate people and his skill is second to none! As I have moved many times over the years, my body is my primary household; my experience with Dr. Galante changed my life vastly for the better and I thank him every day!
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5.0/5
Sep 13, 2019
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Dr. Galante and his staff are wonderful. This was my first plastic surgery experience and I’m extremely satisfied. The doctor and his staff are very thorough while explaining the procedure, costs, options, and results. I felt like Dr. Galante helped me make decisions of what size implants fit me best based on my “ideal” size and my body size/structure. He made sure to give me the most realistic size for my build. I felt like the pre-op directions were very straight forward and easy to understand and I never got nervous or felt like I had unanswered questions going into surgery. The post-op follow ups and appointments were also thorough and I felt comfortable being under Dr. Galante’s care. Never did I feel uncomfortable or uneasy about my decision, the procedure, or the professionalism of Dr Galante and his staff. To some people, undergoing a procedure like I did (along with all of the appointments) May make them feel uncomfortable, vulnerable, or uneasy but I promise that you will not get this feeling around Dr. Galante and his staff. They are EXTREMELY professional, helpful, informative, thorough, and friendly. I’m beyond satisfied with my procedure and experience and appreciate all of the care that I received from Dr. Galante and his staff. Thank you so much & I will definitely be back in the future.
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5.0/5
Aug 7, 2019
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I am beyond pleased with my results, the amazing, compassionate staff and of course the brilliant mind and magically talented hands of Dr Galante. From the minute you walk in for your very 1st consultation, to scheduling, to the Dr holding your hand as you are being put under anesthesia, to the phone call from him later that evening of surgery checking in on you, till your last post op appointment you feel comfort, ease and confident you chose the right doctor. He answered all my questions. Gave me realistic expectations. Told me exactly what to expect and when to expect it. I’m so happy he was able to give me back physically something I couldn’t achieve on my own and a new sense of confidence! He and his staff really are the best!
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Jul 27, 2019
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I had an abdominoplasty performed by Dr Galante. During the consultation he was very personal-able and knowledgeable. He gave me realistic expectations of my requested procedures. He was familiar with the tendency of ethnicities with more melanin to keloid. . And had a plan to minimize them if it happened. He patiently answered our questions and didn’t attempt to push unnecessary procedures. I was particularly impressed with his concern for my medical safety by explaining the risks of staying under anesthesia too long and getting multiple procedure at once. Office staff was also wonderful. Surgicenter was clean and the staff outstanding. My husband and I are totally thrilled with my results. Yes, I would do it again. Absolutely. I highly recommend him to everyone.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jul 27, 2019
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I had an abdominoplasty performed by Dr Galante. During the consultation he was very personal-able and knowledgeable. He gave me realistic expectations of my requested procedures. He was familiar with the tendency of ethnicities with more melanin to keloid. . And had a plan to minimize them if it happened. He patiently answered our questions and didn’t attempt to push unnecessary procedures. I was particularly impressed with his concern for my medical safety by explaining the risks of staying under anesthesia too long and getting multiple procedure at once. Office staff was also wonderful. Surgicenter was clean and the staff outstanding. My husband and I are totally thrilled with my results. Yes, I would do it again. Absolutely. I highly recommend him to everyone.
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5.0/5
Jun 30, 2019
RateMDs Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff are extremely professional and beyond knowledgable. They guide and comfort you before, during, and after your procedure. He and his team answer any question you may have straight forward and make aware all the fine print. HIGHLY recommend!
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5.0/5
May 28, 2019
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Dr. Galante and his entire staff are amazing at what they do! They were all so nice and informative while giving me the best possible care for my breast augmentation, while even holding my hand through anesthesia. They called frequently to check up on me after surgery and made me feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr. Galante was so easy to trust and I am very happy with my results!
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5.0/5
Mar 13, 2019
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Dr. Galante and his staff were wonderful.They made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions. Everything that Dr. Galante told me to expect after my procedure was exactly correct ,which made things so much easier. And like he promised, he called me in the evening after surgery to check up on me. That was great. He did an exceptional job and I love the way I look. It's like living a dream.
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5.0/5
Nov 24, 2018
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More Information

  • During abdominoplasty procedures, Dr. Galante often performs liposuction to remove fat deposits from areas like the flanks, upper thighs or hips.
  • Many women combine abdominoplasty with breast enhancement for a procedure known as a Mommy Makeover.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

You will need a day of bed rest after your procedure, and you will wear a compression garment for at least 2 weeks. This will help reduce swelling and improve comfort and healing. You will have prescription pain medication to manage your discomfort. Your stitches will be bandaged, and you will receive detailed post-surgical instructions. Most of your stitches will be internal, and any external sutures will be removed within a week. Drain tubes placed at the time of surgery will also be removed within about a week.

You should start light activities such as walking after the first day but avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks. Many patients return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, but others need longer.

Scars are unavoidable with abdominoplasty. Whenever possible, Dr. Galante places incisions below the bikini line to reduce the scar’s visibility. Scars can take up to a year to heal completely, and over-the-counter products can help scars heal more inconspicuously.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

Because each procedure is customized, the cost of a tummy tuck varies from person to person. Pricing depends on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure. Dr. Galante will discuss your estimated cost with you after creating a customized treatment plan as part of the consultation process. Dr. Galante is pleased to accept payments through financing companies, such as CareCredit®, which offer affordable monthly payment plans.

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