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 helps patients from Munster, Crown Point, and other nearby cities have 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... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 64 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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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 rec... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 217 Front View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 57 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #57

29 year old patient requested an improvement in the appearance of her tummy.
Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 140 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #140

This woman, age 50, scheduled a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Galante in Schererville to find out if he could improve the appearance of her abdomen. In particular, she was unhappy with the lax abdominal skin and excess fat that hung down around her waist. Dr. Galante determined that this patient was a good candidate fo... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 151 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #151

After having 3 children, all Caesarean sections, this 52-year-old woman wanted to surgically improve the appearance of her abdomen, which had a fair amount of excess skin and residual fat. At our Schererville, Indiana office, she discussed tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with Dr. Galante.Dr. Galante performed the procedure at Lak... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 52 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #52

This Indiana patient desired a breast augmentation as well as a tummy tuck which improved the overall proportions of her torso.
Before & After Mommy Makeover Case 195 Front View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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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 s... Read More

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

Talking It Over

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.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Indiana?

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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Meet Dr. Gus Galante

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 Tummy Tuck

A modified version of a full tummy tuck, called a mini abdominoplasty or 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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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.

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