Tummy Tuck in Scottsdale
Dr. Ashley Howarth is a top female plastic surgeon for tummy tuck surgery in Scottsdale. Excess skin on the abdomen or midsection, often following weight loss or childbirth, can be nearly impossible to tone by diet and exercise alone. Even at an ideal body weight, the excess skin left from pregnancy or weight loss, can depress your self-image and body image. As one of Scottsdale’s top female plastic surgeons, Dr. Ashley Howarth is sought after for her beautiful tummy tuck results.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Many women seek a tummy tuck due to stretched skin and excess fat in their midsection or abdomen, usually following pregnancy and childbirth. Even with a strict exercise and diet program, the stretched skin can remain. In a tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, a plastic surgeon surgically removes the excess stretched skin in the abdomen, tightening and toning the midsection. The tummy tuck is often combined with liposuction and can be a part of the mommy makeover procedure for which Dr. Ashley Howarth is well known.
Choosing Your Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
Why select Dr. Howarth for your Tummy Tuck in Scottsdale?
Dr. Ashley Howarth is a top plastic surgeon in Scottsdale and one of the most in-demand female plastic surgeons in Arizona. She is known for her beautiful results, as well as her obsession with detail, operative expertise, and compassionate care. Dr. Howarth’s patients seeking a tummy tuck in Scottsdale appreciate her perspective as a woman, her thorough consultation, and personalized care.
Dr. Howarth will determine if you are candidate for abdominoplasty surgery during her initial exam and consultation. During this consultation, Dr. Howarth will discuss with you your goals for your body, and assess your abdomen and midsection area. If the tummy tuck is a component of a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Howarth will discuss additional surgical options for the breasts and body.
Types of Tummy Tucks
Mini Tummy Tuck
In a limited abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon removes stretched skin and excess fat in the low midsection or abdomen, below the navel. In a mini tummy tuck, the incision is smaller, more easily hidden, and below the belly button only.
Standard Tummy Tuck
A standard tummy tuck includes an incision below and around the belly button. The incisions are made to remove excess skin, target excess fat in the tummy area, and tighten the muscles of the abdomen. This is the most common type of abdominoplasty following pregnancy or weight loss.
While the mini and standard are the most common tummy tuck techniques used by plastic surgeons, there are other techniques. Other types include the extended tummy tuck, the fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, and other variations of the mini tummy tuck. Each variation differs on the length and location of the incisions.
What to Expect with Dr. Howarth at your
Tummy Tuck Consultation
What is the process for your Tummy Tuck consultation in Scottsdale?
To set up your abdominoplasty consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth, simply request an appointment. At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will discuss with you your desired body goals and what results to expect with your tummy tuck. Dr. Howarth will examine your abdomen and midsection to assess how much skin and fat removal would be required to create your ideal toned result.
How much does a Tummy Tuck cost in Scottsdale?
At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will create a personalized surgical plan for you which may include other procedures in addition to the tummy tuck. Since a tummy tuck is often performed in conjunction with liposuction, each plan will vary from patient to patient. A fee estimate is provided only after a consultation. Without a consultation appointment, we do not provide estimates for how much a tummy tuck costs.
Tummy Tuck Process
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Your personal consultation with Dr. Howarth is your one-on-one opportunity to learn if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. During the consultation, Dr. Howarth will conduct a physical examination of waist, abdomen, and midsection. She will discuss with you the surgical technique and incisions required for your tummy tuck, and answer any questions you have.
Candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good overall health and at a stable weight. Mothers expecting to have more children should consider delaying their tummy tuck until they are not planning for future pregnancies.
What should I expect during my surgery?
Your tummy tuck procedure will take place under general anesthesia at the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center, which is conveniently located adjacent to our office. Depending on the extent of the procedures you are having done, the tummy tuck may be a single-day outpatient procedure, or you may stay overnight at our recovery suite on site.
You will leave the surgery with dressings and bandages to promote proper healing. Dr. Howarth utilizes a surgical approach to keep tummy tuck scarring as minimal as possible. Generally scars become less visible over time when care instructions are closely followed by patients.
What is recovery like after my procedure?
Following your tummy tuck, pain and soreness is normal and to be expected in the abdominal muscles and surrounding area. Your pain should be managed with the pain management protocol provided by Dr. Howarth. Your post-operative follow-up appointments are great opportunities to ask questions you may have and to ensure proper healing and progression.
During the healing period, it is important to limit exercise that involves abdominal and core muscles. A post-surgical wrap may be provided to promote tightening and healing of your abdomen.