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Tummy Tuck in Cleveland, OH

Dr. Goldschmidt possesses the experience and knowledge to deliver outstanding body contouring results. If you desire a firmer abdomen and a stronger core, you may qualify for tummy tuck surgery. To learn more about the procedure, please continue reading. To schedule a private consultation, contact us today. 

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, removes troublesome fatty tissue and excess skin via excision and liposuction techniques. Hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can alter the appearance of the abdomen, resulting in displeasing skin laxity. These factors can also cause the body to accumulate fat deposits in and around the midsection. Excess skin and stubborn fat that resist even the most dedicated diet and exercise regimens can be frustrating. Tummy tuck surgery restores the midsection and produces optimal results by sculpting and tightening the abdominal area. Dr. Matt Goldschmidt performs tummy tuck surgery in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, delivering dramatic and personalized body contouring results to his patients.

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Patients are advised to quit using tobacco products six weeks before and after their scheduled surgery to minimize the risk of complications. Tummy tuck surgery may benefit patients who can relate to any of the following conditions:

  • Abdominal skin laxity
  • Rectus muscle weakness
  • Localized pockets of fat around the midsection

Are you considering a tummy tuck? Contact Dr. Matt Goldschmidt today by calling 216.350.3175.

What Should I Expect During the Initial Consultation for a Tummy Tuck?

The consultation process begins from the moment you call The Cosmetic Surgery Center at 216-264-8100. During your initial phone call, you will speak to our front office staff regarding your cosmetic goals and needs. Using that information, we will set you up with an appointment that best fits your schedule. On your first visit to our office in Independence, Ohio, you will be greeted by our friendly front office staff and welcomed as a valued patient. A packet will be provided with more information on your desired procedure, financing options, and our outpatient surgery center. Before returning for your consultation, we will have you fill out a health questionnaire so that Dr. Matt Goldschmidt and the staff may better assess you.
Once in your consultation, you will discuss your health history and what you aim to get out of a tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Goldschmidt may recommend a mini tummy tuck or an extended tummy tuck for some patients. You may also choose to add procedures such as liposuction or breast surgery to your treatment plan. Every patient is different, and therefore, treatment plans may vary. This is why it is important we see you for an in-person examination. If Dr. Goldschmidt determines you are a good candidate for tummy tuck, you will receive your personalized estimate (cost of surgery) at the end of the consultation.

Most patients schedule their surgery immediately following their consultation, but you can always call back or come into the office later on to schedule. Keep in mind that your estimate may only be valid for a certain amount of time. If you decide to schedule and your estimate has changed, you may have to come back to the office for a new one. When you schedule your surgery, your pre-surgical appointment is set up for two to three weeks before your procedure. The pre-surgical appointment is where Dr. Goldschmidt goes over your consent agreement. He also explains any instructions, and the treatment plan is finalized. The staff will make sure you are well informed about your procedure before leaving the office. Whether you decide to schedule your procedure or not, you are always welcome at The Cosmetic Surgery Center!

What Are My Tummy Tuck Options?

Tummy tuck surgery is a customizable procedure that can address several cosmetic abdominal concerns. Dr. Goldschmidt offers both full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgeries. Either technique can be combined with liposuction, depending on a patient’s individual needs and goals.

  • Full Tummy Tuck
    • A full tummy tuck requires an incision from hip-to-hip along the pubic area
    • A secondary incision is usually placed around the navel
    • Excess abdominal tissue is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened
    • Rectus muscles may be repaired using this technique
  • Mini Tummy Tuck
    • A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter incision than a full tummy tuck
    • Less skin is excised during this procedure
    • Addresses cosmetic concerns that lie below the navel
  • Liposuction
    • Liposuction provides additional body contouring effects
    • Can target stubborn fat in the hips, flanks, and abdomen
    • Both tumescent and ultrasonic techniques are offered

How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed?

Tummy tuck surgery typically requires the use of general anesthesia. This outpatient procedure can last between one and three hours, depending on the extent of correction a patient needs and which surgical techniques are used. During your initial consultation, Dr. Goldschmidt will develop a unique surgical plan that reflects your cosmetic desires and anatomical needs.

How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?

Recovery from a tummy tuck is a multistep process and can vary depending on our age, health, and treatment plan. The most intensive stage of recovery is through your first three to four weeks. It is highly recommended to have a trusted companion be there with you during the first few days of recovery to help you with your care. The first week of recovery will be the most painful but after that you should start to feel more like yourself again. Some patients even start driving around the one-to-two-week mark once they are not using any pain management medicine. By the two-month mark, you will be cleared for most exercise and find that your results are really starting to show—though Dr. Goldschmidt reminds patients that it may take up to a year for their results to fully settle.

It is important to follow all preoperative and post-operative instructions to ensure your recovery is going smoothly. Our office will provide you with a booklet to refer to and is always willing to talk to you if you have any other questions. Please remember it is normal for your body to undergo a lot of changes throughout your recovery process. You will feel all sorts of emotions throughout this crucial first year, but your end result will be well worth it.

When Will I See My Tummy Tuck Results?

The outcome of the procedure will continue to improve as the incisions heal, the body adjusts to its new form, and the side effects subside. The incisions used during tummy tuck surgery are placed in discreet locations that can be concealed with clothing. The incision used for a mini tummy tuck is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck, but both are created along the bikini line. Any scars that develop tend to fade over time. Your tummy tuck results are considered permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, do not gain significant weight, and do not become pregnant after the procedure.

Are There Potential Complications After a Tummy Tuck?

With any surgery comes risks and the possibility of complications, although they are rare. With a tummy tuck, you may experience bleeding, hematoma, seroma, irregular healing, scarring, or a need for revision. It is important after surgery to follow all provided post-operative instructions and to stick to light duties until you are cleared for more intensive activity.

At your consultation and pre-surgical visits, Dr. Matt Goldschmidt and his staff at The Cosmetic Surgery Center will make sure you are clear to undergo surgery. This includes going over your health history, examining you, getting necessary medical clearance from your doctor (if required), and cross-referencing with the anesthesia team. He would like you to make any needed lifestyle changes before surgery so as not to affect the healing process.

Dr. Goldschmidt works hard to minimize risks and complications associated with tummy tuck surgery. He is a thorough surgeon and will assess your health, needs, and goals to achieve the best possible outcome.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Cleveland, Ohio?

Tummy tuck pricing at The Cosmetic Surgery Center in Cleveland, Ohio, will vary depending on the treatment plan. Every tummy tuck patient is different. Some patients may need a mini tummy tuck or an extended tummy tuck. Others may need more extensive muscle repair.

The Cosmetic Surgery Center provides several financing options for tummy tuck procedures in Cleveland, Ohio. We have options for interest-free plans or long-term plans with lower monthly payments and no penalties. We will include brochures with our financing options in your consultation packet. If you are unsure of which financing option is best for you, our welcoming staff will be more than happy to answer any questions and help you decide.

Dr. Goldschmidt and his staff will discuss your goals and needs to create a specifically tailored estimate at your consultation. The Cosmetic Surgery Center offers in-office consultations and complimentary online consultations. Please feel free to contact us for more information!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Tummy Tuck

What is diastasis recti, and how can a tummy tuck repair it?

Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal muscle. This occurs most commonly during pregnancy; however, it is also possible in both men and women who gain significant weight. The abdominal muscles are divided into two sections that are meant to remain side-by-side, usually a finger width apart. When the uterus expands, the two sides of the abdominal (rectus) muscle can separate, and, once they do, they do not come back together on their own. This separation results in a lower abdominal pooch that is resistant to any form of diet and exercise. A tummy tuck surgically corrects diastasis recti by repositioning the two sides of the rectus muscle.

Are there non-cosmetic reasons to consider a tummy tuck?

Most patients consider tummy tuck surgery for aesthetic reasons to address skin, fat, or muscle laxity; however, tummy tuck surgery also provides non-cosmetic benefits. Tummy tuck surgery has been shown to correct ventral hernias, improve posture, relieve lower back pain that resulted from the stomach’s excess, and lessen instances of stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

When can I work out after a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery is an invasive procedure that cuts through skin, fat, and muscle to manipulate the core muscles. Because of this, the recovery period is longer than many other forms of plastic surgery. Tummy tuck patients can and should begin walking within a day of their surgery. More strenuous activities like jogging, running, and lifting weights should be avoided for at least six weeks, and abdominal-heavy exercises like sit-ups and yoga should be avoided for even longer.

Consult with Dr. Goldschmidt before returning to any exercise program. Starting physical activity too soon can result in the incision separating and an extended recovery period.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

A tummy tuck absolutely can be combined with other cosmetic procedures. Many patients enjoy their tummy tuck results with a Brazilian Butt Lift, leaving their abdomen flatter, hips rounder, and buttocks larger. Some patients turn their tummy tuck procedure into what is known as a Mommy Makeover, which is highly customizable and can include a breast augmentation or breast lift to fully rejuvenate the body. The costs of these combined procedures will vary. At your consultation, you can discuss your goals with Dr. Goldschmidt to see if it is possible to combine your other desired procedures with your tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed alone or in combination with another body contouring or breast enhancement procedure. Tummy tuck surgery can be combined with:

Can I have children after a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery does not physically impact your ability to get pregnant or have a successful pregnancy. We recommend waiting for a tummy tuck until after you have had your children for purely aesthetic reasons. Pregnancy places significant strain on the abdomen that may result in loose skin, weakened rectus muscles, and excess fat. A tummy tuck will address all of those post-pregnancy concerns.

Will abdominal liposuction give me the same results as a tummy tuck?

Liposuction on the abdomen can eliminate pockets of fat on the lower and upper abdomen and the obliques. While this procedure can provide significant fat reduction results, it cannot tighten loose skin, which is common in men and women considering a tummy tuck. If you have skin or muscle laxity, liposuction alone will not provide the results you hope to achieve.

Can a tummy tuck address loose skin and stretch marks after pregnancy?

The main purpose of a tummy tuck is to remove extra fat and loose skin on the abdomen. This may lead to some stretch marks being removed. Depending on the area and your personalized treatment plan, Dr. Goldschmidt may not fully be able to get rid of loose skin and stretch marks. If you have loose skin and stretch marks in a different area than your abdomen, such as on your hips, a tummy tuck will most likely not help this area, and you may require a different procedure. You may also combine procedures if you choose to do so.

Will insurance cover any part of the tummy tuck procedure?

Insurance companies may not cover a tummy tuck procedure unless it is deemed medically necessary. Patients who undergo weight loss surgery and need excess skin removal may be more likely to have their surgical procedure covered by insurance. However, every company is different, and it cannot be predicted if your procedure will be covered. The Cosmetic Surgery Center advises patients to contact their insurance provider to see if this may be an option.

How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?

The results of a tummy tuck should be permanent as long as you remain within a stable weight. Some circumstances that may change the results of your tummy tuck are weight loss, weight gain, and pregnancy. To get the best results out of your procedure, Dr. Goldschmidt recommends patients be at their goal weight and be done having children. However, these recommendations are mainly for aesthetic reasons. Dr. Goldschmidt will discuss the tummy tuck procedure with you entirely at your consultation and pre-surgical visits to make sure you are aware of his recommendations and any risk factors.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to a tummy tuck available in Cleveland?

There are always non-surgical alternatives to a tummy tuck available, but the results are not going to give a completely rejuvenated look as a tummy tuck would. A tummy tuck will fully remove the extra skin and loose fat from your abdomen. Some treatments may only target certain areas of fat. However, once you have loose skin, it usually will only be corrected through a surgical procedure. Many patients come into The Cosmetic Surgery Center seeking a tummy tuck after trying a non-surgical alternative and finally feel completely satisfied once they see the results of their surgery.

How do I choose the right cosmetic surgeon for a tummy tuck in Cleveland?

Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for a tummy tuck can seem challenging at first. You are trusting your surgeon with your body and want to ensure you safely achieve your dream look. When researching a cosmetic surgeon, we recommend being very thorough and looking at reviews, the surgeon’s website, photo gallery, and certifications. Does this surgeon offer the procedure you are interested in? Does the results photo gallery look similar to your personal goals? You may want to book consultations with multiple offices to find the cosmetic surgeon who is your perfect fit.

Once in your consultation, notice how you feel inside the office. Is the office clean and organized? Do you feel comfortable asking questions to the surgeon and the rest of their staff? Is the surgeon knowledgeable and honest with you? Is there a good rapport with the surgeon and staff? It is important to feel at ease and have a surgeon that is transparent on what your procedure might look like for you. You may also consider if you will be able to visit this cosmetic surgeon in the future following your surgery if complications arise or if you would like to go through another procedure. At The Cosmetic Surgery Center, we want to make each patient feel valued and comfortable. Our biggest tip to you is to not be afraid to ask questions and advocate for yourself!

When can I resume normal activities, including exercise, after a tummy tuck?

After your tummy tuck procedure, you will have restrictions to ensure proper healing. Due to the nature of the procedure, which involves your abdominal muscles, Dr. Goldschmidt does not recommend exercise for the first few weeks. You will be encouraged to get up and walk around, though nothing strenuous, to help the recovery process and reduce swelling. After four weeks, you may be cleared for light cardio exercises. After eight weeks, you may be cleared for more intensive exercise such as strength training or running. You may be restricted from core strengthening exercises for even longer. We recommend consulting with Dr. Goldschmidt at your follow-ups as each patient has a different recovery timeline.

What results can I realistically expect from a tummy tuck procedure?

Depending on your treatment plan, you can expect most of your extra skin and fat to be removed from your abdomen after a tummy tuck procedure. Some patients may require extra muscle repair, but that is discussed during your pre-operative visits. Keep in mind a tummy tuck is NOT designed to be a weight loss procedure. Most patients overall will enjoy a flatter tummy and improved waistline.

What pre-operative and post-operative instructions should I follow for a successful tummy tuck surgery?

During your pre-surgical visit, which will be the final visit before your procedure, Dr. Goldschmidt will go over your surgery consents and instructions. He will require patients to be at a stable BMI before undergoing the procedure. Patients who have medical conditions may also require a clearance from their doctor. If you take any other medication or vitamins, you may need to pause taking these until after your surgery. Patients will also need to abstain from using any form of nicotine six weeks prior to the procedure to ensure proper healing. You will receive prescription medications to aid with pain and healing pre- and post-surgery and instructions on how to use them. Dr. Goldschmidt and his staff will inform you of these circumstances well in advance of your surgery so that you can plan accordingly.

After your tummy tuck surgery, it is very important that you not overexert yourself. You will have restrictions on lifting, pushing, pulling, or anything that increases your heart rate for the first few weeks. This is to ensure no complications such as bleeding or seroma occur. Dr. Goldschmidt will inform you how to monitor your drains, if you have any, prior to surgery and will continue to help you monitor them at your follow-up visits. If you need more clarification on any instructions Dr. Goldschmidt and his staff tell you at your visits, do not be afraid to ask. The Cosmetic Surgery Center strives to create a welcoming environment where each patient feels comfortable and heard.

For more information about Tummy Tuck in Cleveland, OH or to schedule your Tummy Tuck in Cleveland, OH consultation with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt, please call (216) 264-8100.