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Tummy Tuck Specialist

Body By Bloch

Steven Bloch, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Highland Park, IL

Loose, sagging skin or a protruding abdomen can occur with age, weight loss, and pregnancy. If your stomach isn’t as flat as you’d like, Steven Bloch, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can help. At Body By Bloch in Highland Park, Illinois, he offers full and mini tummy tucks to give you the slim midsection you desire. Call for a tummy tuck consultation today or use the online booking tool.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Bloch removes excess skin from your abdomen and tightens muscles and skin to give you more desirable body contours. Tummy tucks reduce:

  • Loose skin
  • Sagging skin
  • Separated abdominal muscles
  • Fat bulges

Dr. Bloch lets you know if a mini or full tummy tuck is right for you based on your health, the condition of your stomach, and your desired result.

Is a tummy tuck right for me?

To determine if a tummy tuck is right for you, Dr. Bloch reviews your medical history and completes a physical exam. He makes sure you have realistic expectations and can make the time commitment needed for a full recovery. 

You must be in good health and at or near an ideal body weight prior to the procedure. Dr. Bloch can perform additional cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, or liposuction, at the same time as a tummy tuck.

How should I prepare for my procedure?

To prepare for a tummy tuck, follow Dr. Bloch’s instructions. Avoid taking certain medications, stop smoking, and maintain a stable body weight. Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you the first night after the procedure.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

Right before a tummy tuck, you receive general anesthesia to put you asleep. Dr. Bloch makes an incision in your lower abdominal area. He removes tissue, tightens muscles and skin, and may create a new belly button for you. 

Dr. Bloch might place tiny tubes in your abdomen temporarily to drain excess fluid or blood. The procedure can last two to three hours, or longer if you opt for additional cosmetic procedures.

What should I expect after surgery?

After surgery, you recover in a relaxing room while the anesthesia wears off. You can usually go home the day of surgery but must have someone drive you home. 

Take medications as prescribed by Dr. Bloch and keep the treatment area clean. Begin walking around when he says it’s okay. Wear a supportive garment, or abdominal binder, for a month or two after surgery. 

Attend routine follow-up appointments at Body By Bloch to monitor your progress and get the drains removed. Swelling subsides over time, yielding a slimmer midsection. Results are long-lasting if you maintain a healthy weight.

Don’t live with loose, sagging skin or a protruding belly if it makes you feel less than beautiful. Schedule a tummy tuck consultation with Body By Bloch over the phone or online today.