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Tummy Tuck

Experienced Tummy Tuck in Richmond, Henrico County & Charlottesville, VA

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If you're looking for a way to reduce excess skin and stubborn fat deposits around your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be an effective option for you. At the practice of Dr. Matthew G. Stanwix, we provide skilled tummy tuck procedures for men and women in a safe and compassionate environment. Our staff looks forward to meeting you and helping make a difference in your life.


We've provided tummy tucks to Richmond, Charlottesville, and the surrounding areas for years. We take the time to personalize our surgical offerings to meet your unique needs. In addition, we pride ourselves on using advanced and innovative techniques to give you the best results possible. Call us today to schedule your consultation visit!


What's a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that improves the abdomen's shape and appearance in men and women. The procedure involves removing persistent fatty deposits and tightening excess skin around your stomach and abdomen. Whether you've recently given birth or experienced significant weight loss, a tummy tuck can improve your health and confidence at once.

Our Unique Approach

Dr. Stanwix, a board-certified surgeon, is passionate about leveraging years of experience with meticulous surgical techniques to give you the appearance you deserve. We understand the unique cosmetic challenges that both women and men face. That's why we don't offer one-size-fits-all treatments and will personalize our tummy tuck procedures to fit your specific needs and ideal body shape. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you like so that you can make educated decisions about your health.

5 Common Reasons for a Tummy Tuck

Just as no two patients' needs are exactly alike, no patients will have the same motivations for undergoing a tummy tuck. During your initial visit with Dr. Stanwix, he'll ask you about your cosmetic goals and determine how a tummy tuck can help you reach them. Some common reasons patients need a tummy tuck include:

  1. Abdominal Fatty Deposits
  2. Belly & Love Handle Fullness
  3. Stretch Marks
  4. Loose Skin
  5. Overhanging Skin

What To Expect During Your Procedure

A tummy tuck procedure generally takes two to three hours to perform. Before surgery, Dr. Stanwix will administer general anesthesia to help minimize your discomfort. The process begins by making an incision along your abdomen. Through the incision, we'll tighten your abdominal muscles, which helps flatten your stomach and improve core strength. From there, Dr. Stanwix will remove any excess skin and tissue. Finally, we'll close your incision and place a compression garment around your abdomen to help influence its shape.

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Proper After Surgery Care

Dr. Stanwix will provide you with detailed instructions during your initial consultation and immediately following your tummy tuck surgery. After your procedure, you can safely return home the same day, but you'll need someone to drive you home. It's normal to feel tenderness, and we recommend you walk and move normally while minimizing exercise. We use dissolvable sutures and skin glue so that you can shower the day after your surgery.

Although it's dependent on your individual recovery timeline, you can expect to resume gentle aerobic exercises like the treadmill and elliptical machine two weeks after recovery. Our doctor will closely monitor your progress to ensure that your recovery is on track. Dr. Stanwix prides himself on his availability and enjoys answering any questions you may have about the aftercare process.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

It's normal to have questions about getting a tummy tuck. Our staff is here to answer questions and explain procedures step-by-step. Some frequently asked questions include:

Do you offer different types of tummy tucks?

Yes. In addition to our regular tummy tuck, which is ideal for patients with large amounts of excess skin and fat, we offer a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck removes less skin and leaves a smaller incision scar.

A tummy tuck reconstructs your abdominal muscles and removes excess skin, whereas liposuction solely removes excess fat.

Although there are no significant risks associated with undergoing a tummy tuck procedure before pregnancy, we recommend that you wait until after giving birth. Your body can undergo physical changes during pregnancy that may diminish the results of your tummy tuck procedure.

Your Dependable Richmond Plastic Surgeon for Tummy Tucks

At the practice of Dr. Stanwix, we provide effective tummy tuck procedures for men and women. Whether you're looking for a way to reduce excess skin and fat after losing significant weight or giving birth, a tummy tuck may be the perfect solution for you. Our office is dedicated to exceeding your expectations and combining compassion with skill. If you're considering a tummy tuck in Richmond or the surrounding areas, call our plastic surgeon today for your consultation!