Tummy Tuck

Whether you are male or female, a tummy tuck in Indiana with Dr. Rebecca Garza or Dr. Gus Galante, who are both board-certified plastic surgeons, 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.

Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and body contouring specialist who can help you look great and feel better. Request a consultation using the online form to meet with Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante or call our office at (800) 721-3244.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
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Talking It Over

Your transformation will begin with an in-depth, personal consultation with Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante. Your surgeon will evaluate your medical history to determine the best way to achieve your desired result and will encourage you to ask questions and 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 and Dr. Garza discuss the estimated cost with you after creating a customized treatment plan as part of the consultation process. Our practice is pleased to accept payments through financing companies, such as CareCredit®, which offer affordable monthly payment plans.

Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza

Welcome to Our Practice

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rebecca Garza and Dr. Gus Galante have established a plastic surgery practice dedicated to providing personalized care that gives you the confidence to make educated decisions about your surgery. Together with a hand-selected team of professionals who share our passion for patient care, we offer a range of surgical procedures designed to help you look and feel your best.

Impeccable Credentials

Both Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante are fellowship-trained plastic surgeons at the forefront of the aesthetic surgery field. They are each active in professional associations and have given back to the community by donating their time and services to local charity organizations.

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Procedure Details

Tummy tuck procedures can take between 2 and 5 hours. Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza perform 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.

Your surgeon 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

  • Your surgeon marks the abdomen to show where she or he will make the incisions, from hip to hip very low on the abdomen and around your navel.
  • After making the incisions, the surgeon detaches your skin from the abdominal wall, giving them access to the muscles. The surgeon then sutures the muscles, pulling them tight to repair them.
  • In most cases, Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza use liposuction to reduce excess fat from the area.
  • Your surgeon then pulls down the skin, stretching it past the incision and removing any excess.
  • Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza then create a new opening for your navel in a location that looks natural before closing 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, requires a shorter incision and 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 and Dr. Garza make 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. Women who have had children often need to have their abdominal wall muscles repaired. Men sometimes need this done as part of their procedure as well. Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza note 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 and Dr. Garza often perform 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 and Dr. Garza place 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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