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Tummy Tuck 

An abdominoplasty is an operation that removes excess skin on the belly and reshapes the waist and hips.  It is an operation that many women seek after having babies, as a result of having stretched-out skin from pregnancy.  Dr. Hazen also tightens your muscles if they have separated and become stretched out.  Sometimes Dr. Hazen combines this procedure with liposuction or with breast augmentation (the mommy makeover).

Before and After Photos of Tummy Tucks with Dr. Hazen


Tummy Tuck Procedure

Dr. Hazen does this procedure under general anesthesia in a fully accredited operating facility.  The procedure is performed to remove the excess skin with an incision on the lower abdomen that can be easily hidden in a bikini.  The excess skin is removed and the skin is redraped and sewn closed.  Liposuction is sometimes performed on the flanks or thighs in combination to give the best possible results!

Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

In general, tummy tuck candidates include:

  • Individuals close to their ideal body weight with loose abdominal skin

  • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery

  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish

  • Nonsmokers

  • Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness

Post Surgery Recovery 

Recovery following a tummy tuck is approximately 3 weeks.  Patients experience tightness on their abdomen; this pain can be controlled with pain medication as needed.  Patients can expect to be back to almost all activities by 6 weeks.                                                                                                             

Why Choose Dr. Hazen

Dr. Hazen has very extensive experience with body contouring, and she works hard with you to create the body you want.  She also embarks with you on a life-long path to healthy living so that your results can last for years and years!

What to Expect From Your Consultation

After welcoming you, Dr. Hazen takes a thorough look at your medical history and conditions, including hospitalizations and medications taken.  A physical exam is performed.  Your goals and desires for surgery are fully explored, and Dr. Hazen gives a comprehensive explanation of the surgical procedures that are possible for you, including complications and risks.  She describes your individual recovery process. Now you have the option to have your pre-operative photos taken (saves a visit). Dr. Hazen and you may explore any issues that are blocking or interfering with the surgery actually happening, including anxieties around it. Then your surgery plan is made with a timeline.  If the procedure is not covered by insurance, you receive an estimate for surgery and anesthesia.

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