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.

Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you look great and feel better. Request a complimentary consultation online with Dr. Galante or call our Schererville or Valparaiso offices at (800) 721-3244.

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

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 125 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 64 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 96 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #96

This 37-year-old mother of two visited our Schererville, Indiana, plastic surgery practice to reduce the negative effects two pregnancies and two Cesarean section deliveries had had on the appearance of her abdomen. Women commonly find that diet and exercise aren't enough when trying to restore their bodies after giving birth, so they turn to plastic... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 114 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 57 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #57

29 year old patient requested an improvement in the appearance of her tummy.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 58 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #58

38 year old woman desired to fit better in her clothing, especially around the waist.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 29 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #29

This otherwise healthy 56 year old Indiana woman wanted treatment for the loose skin and stretched out abdominal wall muscles.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 55 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #55

34 year old patient desired contouring of the abdomen.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 80 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 128 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #128

This patient came in to talk to me about getting an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, at my Indiana practice. She has 4 children, including twins, and had undergone a Cesarean section delivery. She was a good candidate for a "full" tummy tuck, which is the most common abdominoplasty for patients with loose, excess tissue both above and below... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 26 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #26

A tummy tuck was of great benefit to this 44 year old Indiana patient . Removing excess skin and fat and tightening her abdominal muscles resulted in a flatter more youthful appearing tummy.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 151 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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 Lake Park... Read More
Mommy Makeover Case 195 Before & After Front | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 27 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #27

This 35 year old mother of two from the Northwest Indiana area presented to our Munster, Indiana plastic surgery office seeking to correct the hanging skin on her abdomen following two cesarean sections. After examining her abdomen Dr. Galante, an Indiana plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery, noted excess and loose abdominal skin with... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 144 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 25 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 52 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 164 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 171 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 51 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #51

42 year old before and after abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 140 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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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 for a... Read More
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Case 129 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #129

The primary concern expressed by this healthy, 31-year-old patient when we met for her tummy tuck consultation at my Indiana practice was the skin hanging from her tummy. She also wanted shapelier, contoured hips.This patient has 2 children, and as with most women who have had children, she had separation of the abdominal muscles, which... 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.

Read about Dina's tummy tuck

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.

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.

After Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

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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