Achieving your ideal abs is hard work. You need to eat right, exercise regularly, and maintain your regimen. Unfortunately, you still might not see the results you are hoping for. Often, this may be out of your control. Factors such as genetics, weight fluctuations, prior pregnancies, and the aging process can work against you. Fortunately, surgical body contouring can help you put the finishing touches on your favorite areas. A tummy tuck can be performed to tighten your abdominal area and achieve a toned, flat stomach. This procedure can have a dramatic impact on your appearance, helping you look and feel your very best.

Why Choose a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck comes with a lot of benefits, both cosmetic and medical.

In general, a tummy tuck will:

  • Remove excess fat from the abdominal region
  • Tighten loose or stretched abdominal muscles
  • Remove or tighten excess, hanging skin
  • Re-drape the remaining skin in order to create a flatter, tighter abdomen

Medically, a tummy tuck can tighten stretched muscles that come with significant weight gain or pregnancy. Tightening these muscles can provide greater abdominal support, reducing problems like incontinence or back pain. This makes abdominoplasty a great option for a mommy makeover.

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Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery has been providing a comprehensive range of plastic surgery services to men and women in the Phoenix area since 1996. Dr. Ali Mosharrafa and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa were born in the Twin Cities, completed their training in Texas, and have been practicing in the Phoenix area ever since.

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Recovery After A Tummy Tuck

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Am I a Candidate?

Ideal tummy tuck candidates:

  • Are in good general health
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
  • Have loose or stretched abdominal muscles caused by prior pregnancies or weight gain
  • Have excess skin or fat in the abdominal region

Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will discuss your medical history and goals for this procedure during a consultation, where you will receive detailed information about your preparations, surgery, and recovery.

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Your Customized Tummy Tuck Procedure

There are two types of tummy tucks that you will discuss during your consultation, and your plastic surgeon will recommend the right option for you.

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Full Tummy Tuck

Sometimes called the traditional tummy tuck, this option provides great, comprehensive results for most patients. It focuses on the entire abdominal area and can effectively tighten and lift the stomach for a flatter, more contoured profile.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This option is less invasive and requires a shorter recovery time. It focuses on the area between the belly button and the pubic area, making it a good option if you have minimal excess fat and skin in this area. For most patients, scarring is more easily concealable with this procedure.


Liposuction is often a valuable addition to a tummy tuck procedure, since it can help to further contour the surrounding areas. This can sometimes include the hips and flanks for a more flattering figure to match your tummy tuck results.

Are tummy tucks dangerous?

No. When performed by a qualified board certified plastic surgeon, a tummy tuck is a safe procedure.

Can a tummy tuck cause stomach issues?

No. A tummy tuck does not involve any of the abdominal contents (i.e. bowel, bladder, etc.). Therefore, there is no effect on bowel or bladder issues.

Can I walk after tummy tuck?

YES! In fact, it is important that you walk soon after your procedure to help prevent the formation of blood clots.

Can you get a tummy tuck if youre obese?

It is best for high BMI (obese) patients to lose weight prior to getting a tummy tuck.

Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?

Yes. However, the improvement in the excess skin and muscle laxity may be undone by a subsequent pregnancy.

Can you lose weight after tummy tuck?


Do men get tummy tuck?

Yes. Men can get excess skin and muscle laxity, typically following weight loss.

Do tummy tucks work?

Yes. They are a very reliable way to address changes to the abdomen that occur from pregnancy or weight loss.

Do you get a scar from a tummy tuck?

Yes. In most cases, the scar is low in the suprapubic area and extends from hip to hip. There is also a scar around the belly button in most cases.

Do you have to be skinny to get a tummy tuck?

No. A tummy tuck can be performed and have nice results in patients who are a little overweight.

Does a tummy tuck tighten muscles?

Yes. A key component to a tummy tuck is tightening or “plicating” the abdominal muscles. This helps create a flat tummy and narrow waistline.

How are tummy tucks done?

A tummy tuck involves lifting the skin of the abdomen off of the muscle layer, tightening the muscles, and removing the excess skin. In some cases, excess fat is removed as well. The belly button is left attached at it's base and brought out though the skin in the proper location.

How can I lose my stomach fat?

Diet and exercise are the best way to get rid of intra-abdominal fat. More superficial fat can also be removed by liposuction.

How dangerous is a tummy tuck?

When performed by a qualified board certified plastic surgeon, a tummy tuck is a safe procedure.

How do I prepare for a tummy tuck?

It is best to be sure you are done having children. It is also best to be at a stable and goal weight.

How early does your stomach get hard when pregnant?

This varies from patient to patient.

How long after a tummy tuck can you drink?

It is best to avoid alcohol for 2 - 3 weeks following a tummy tuck.

How long do tummy tucks last?

As long as a woman doesn't get pregnant again after a tummy tuck or have a dramatic change in her weight, a tummy tuck should last for many years.

How long do you wear a binder after surgery?

3 - 6 weeks

How long does it take to lose weight after a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck does not alter the time it takes to lose weight.

How long is pain after tummy tuck?

Most patients are off of pain medication by 1 -2 weeks after a tummy tuck.

How long will a tummy tuck last?

As long as a woman doesn't get pregnant again after a tummy tuck or have a dramatic change in her weight, a tummy tuck should last for many years.

How many pounds can you lose with liposuction?

Up to 6 L (approximately 13 lbs.) can safely be removed in a single session of liposuction.

How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck?

It depends on the individual, but some patients can go down 4 or more sizes after a tummy tuck.

How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck costs $10,000 - $14,000

How much weight can you lose having a tummy tuck?

In general, the tissue removed with a tummy tuck does not weigh as much as you might think. Total removal is typically around 3 - 10 lbs.

How painful is a tummy tuck?

There is some pain following a tummy tuck. Patients now have the option of having a long acting local anesthetic injected at the time of surgery, which reduces the amount of post operative pain in the first 3 days. Most patients are off of pain medication by 1-2 weeks.

Is it easier to lose weight after a tummy tuck?

It may be easier to exercise following a tummy tuck, which may make weight loss easier.

What are the side effects of a tummy tuck?

Some patients experience a “tight” feeling in their abdomen for a few weeks following a tummy tuck.

What do you eat after tummy tuck?

A healthy, balanced diet is recommended during the healing process.

What does a tummy tuck usually cost?

A tummy tuck costs $10,000 - $14,000

What is the best girdle to wear after a tummy tuck?

Most patients wear an abdominal binder provided by the surgeon for the first 1 - 3 weeks. After that, some patients will wear store bought compression, i.e. Spanx.

What qualifies you for a tummy tuck?

Any man or woman that has excess skin of the abdomen and laxity of the muscle layer of the abdominal wall may be a candidate for a tummy tuck.

When can I start working out after tummy tuck?

Light cardio exercise can be started at 2 weeks post-op. Core exercise and weight lifting can begin at 6 - 8 weeks post-op.

When can I wear regular clothes after tummy tuck?

Regular clothes can be worn over your garment front he beginning. The garment is typically discontinued at 3 - 6 weeks.

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck?

Any man or woman that has excess skin of the abdomen and laxity of the muscle layer of the abdominal wall may be a candidate for a tummy tuck.

Why would you need a tummy tuck?

Any man or woman that has excess skin of the abdomen and laxity of the muscle layer of the abdominal wall may be a candidate for a tummy tuck.

Will a tummy tuck make my stomach flat?

Yes. In most cases a tummy tuck will leave you with a flat abdomen.

What is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?

A full tummy tuck focuses on the entire abdomen and can tighten, strengthen, and flatten the stomach. A mini tummy tuck only targets the area below the belly button and is a less invasive option. Those with minimal excess fat and skin are usually better candidates for a mini tummy tuck.

How soon after pregnancy can one undergo a tummy tuck procedure?

We typically recommend you wait six months to a year before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure after pregnancy.

What are the key factors that determine whether someone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

You are likely a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are in generally good health, have realistic expectations, have loose skin, stretched muscles, and excess fat, and are a nonsmoker or willing to quit.

Is liposuction often combined with a tummy tuck for optimal results?

Yes! A tummy tuck is very often combined with a tummy tuck to give you the slimmer, firmer contours you’re looking for.

How noticeable will the scarring be after a tummy tuck, and can it be minimized?

The scars after a tummy tuck will be pink, firm, and noticeable for at least six weeks. At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we use the Embrace Advanced Scar Therapy system to minimize the appearance of surgical scars. Clinical trials have shown an 80% reduction in the scar’s appearance with this therapy.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Depending on your type of tummy tuck, you can expect to take one or two weeks off work and social events. You should be sure to avoid exercising or straining your body during this time, and you will need to wear a compression garment to keep swelling down. You will be prescribed medications to manage swelling and discomfort, and you should avoid sleeping on your stomach. Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed recovery instructions during your consultation, as well as offer guidance during your follow-up appointments.

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embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy

Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir were the first plastic surgeons in the Phoenix area to offer embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy to their patients. As members of the Neodyne Surgeon Advisory Board, they are frequently invited to travel and speak about embrace and scar management.

The embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy system uses a biomechanical dressing that is applied 1-2 weeks after your procedure which offloads tension from the incision area in order to improve the appearance of scars. Clinical trials have demonstrated an 80% or more reduction in scar appearance. We can recommend your best options for scar management during a consultation.

Why Choose Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery?

The tummy tuck is one of the most effective ways to achieve your body goals with the help of our board-certified plastic surgeons. To get started, contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery using our online form or calling our office to schedule your tummy tuck consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, Arizona. We also accommodate patients who travel from out of the area as well.

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