Tulsa Surgical Arts • Board Certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery • 7322 E 91st Street • Tulsa, OKlahoma 74133

Angelo Cuzalina, MD

Tummy Tuck


If you struggle to attain a flat stomach, tight abs, and a toned body contour, you’re not alone. Even if you eat a healthy, balanced diet and a regular exercise regimen, these efforts may not be enough to achieve the results you desire.

If you recently gave birth or lost a significant amount of weight, getting that toned stomach can be even harder. Childbirth and weight loss can leave you with loose, hanging skin around your abdomen and stubborn fat deposits that won’t respond to diet and exercise.

If you identify with any of these issues, a tummy tuck could be the procedure that finally helps you achieve the body you’ve always wanted. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, triple-board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Angelo Cuzalina is one of the nation’s most respected and accomplished practitioners in his field.

Dr. Cuzalina has performed more than 14,000 cosmetic surgery procedures over the past two decades, including more than 2,000 tummy tucks. He has undergone additional training and education beyond his surgical residency and is in-demand as a lecturer and educator around the world. If you want to give your stomach a toned appearance and gain self-esteem, a better body image, and greater confidence, a tummy tuck from Dr. Cuzalina could help deliver the outcome you desire.

Dr. Cuzalina serves Tulsa and surrounding nearby areas of Oklahoma. Call (918) 392-7900 today to schedule a consultation.

Click below to learn more about a specific aspect of a tummy tuck:

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is one of the most popular body contouring procedures that Dr. Cuzalina performs. During your surgery, Dr. Cuzalina will remove excess fat and skin from your stomach region and repair damaged abdominal muscles to give you a fitter, more toned appearance.

Dr. Cuzalina’s patients often comment about how the positive effects of their tummy tucks permeate every aspect of their daily life, granting them improved self-confidence in social, professional, and romantic interactions.

Common Reasons for a Tummy Tuck

There are many reasons why people may struggle to achieve a flat, toned stomach, and why they’d turn to Dr. Cuzalina to help them attain one. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy expands the skin around your stomach, leading to stretch marks and loose, sagging, hanging skin. It can also stretch and damage your abdominal muscles. These issues can be difficult to correct on your own.
  • Weight loss: Significant weight loss can also leave you with damaged abdominal muscles and loose, stretched, hanging skin around your midsection. This can be embarrassing, and it can hold you back from realizing the full benefits of your weight-loss journey. Unfortunately, loose skin and damaged muscles can’t be fixed through diet and exercise alone.
  • Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to store fat in certain places, including the abdominal region. If your genetics influenced your body type in this way, even the most strenuous workout routine and the best diet may not be enough to overcome them.
  • Age: As people age, their metabolisms slow down. This makes it harder and harder to burn off fat. When you combine this with the weakening of muscle tissue and the loss of skin elasticity that also accompany aging, your midsection can expand as you get older. A tummy tuck may be the best way to maintain your toned figure.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

There are numerous ways in which a tummy tuck can change your appearance, self-confidence, and health for the better, including:What can a tummy tuck do for you?

  • A more toned and contoured abdominal region
  • Tighter abdominal muscles
  • A better-balanced and more proportional figure
  • Improved appearance of stretch marks
  • Eliminating loose, sagging, hanging skin around your stomach
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Better body image
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced back pain

Am I a Tummy Tuck Candidate?

During your consultation with Dr. Cuzalina, he will discuss with you the factors that make a good tummy tuck candidate. In general, the best tummy tuck candidates:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations for their results
  • Are physically fit
  • Maintain an active lifestyle with regular exercise
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Can maintain a stable weight
  • Have loose, sagging, excess skin in their abdominal area
  • Have excess, stubborn fat in the abdominal area that is resistant to diet and exercise
  • Have damaged, stretched, or torn abdominal muscles that need tightening

There are other factors that influence whether or not you’d be a good candidate, too. If you plan to have children in the future, you should talk to Dr. Cuzalina about those plans. You can still get pregnant and have children after you undergo a tummy tuck, but the physical stresses and changes of pregnancy and childbirth may undo the results you attained through your procedure.

Furthermore, if you’re a smoker, you should be prepared to quit before surgery and throughout your recovery period. The nicotine in cigarettes can constrict small blood vessels, thereby limiting their ability to supply blood to tissue. Because this is such a crucial part of the healing process, any nicotine consumption can hurt your results. Dr. Cuzalina recommends you quit at least 2 months before your surgery.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. How long your procedure takes, how extensive it is, and how long your recovery will last all depend on whether you’re getting a full or mini tummy tuck.

Regardless of whether your tummy tuck is a full or mini procedure, Dr. Cuzalina will make an incision across your abdomen, remove excess skin and fat, pull the remaining skin tight, and close the incision with sutures.

Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

Dr. Cuzalina performs both full and mini tummy tucks. A full tummy tuck will address the entire abdominal region. It will require an incision from hip to hip that curves down toward your pubic area. Dr. Cuzalina will also make an incision around your belly button to separate it from your skin to reposition it later.

After Dr. Cuzalina makes the incision, he will remove excess fat using liposuction and trim away extra skin to remove C-section scars and improve the appearance of stretch marks. He’ll also tighten and repair any loose, damaged, or stretched abdominal muscles. Then, Dr. Cuzalina will cut a new hole for your belly button, pull your skin down, and close the incisions.

A mini tummy tuck only affects the region of your abdomen below the belly button. It’s a great option when you have a lesser amount of excess skin and fat that you want to be removed. It requires a smaller incision, smaller scar, and shorter recovery period. However, your results will also be less dramatic.

Mini tummy tucks work best when your abdominal muscles don’t need repairing, when your issues are primarily located below your belly button, and when less work is required to correct your problems.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Everyone’s body is unique, so everyone will recover from their tummy tuck at a different pace. Your healing process will be affected by factors including your age, general health, body weight, and whether you got a full or mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck will have a shorter recovery time than a full tummy tuck. Following your procedure, Dr. Cuzalina will give you specific aftercare instructions tailored to your situation.

Generally, though, you should plan to have someone drive you home the day of surgery because you’ll still be under the lingering effects of anesthesia. It’s also helpful to have someone around the house to assist you with basic tasks for the rest of the day after your procedure. You should start doing light walking around your home as soon as you’re able. This will stimulate blood flow throughout your body and facilitate your healing process.

You will experience some mild bruising and swelling in the days after surgery, but these will dissipate as you heal. For the first week or so after your procedure, you should plan to sleep propped up by pillows and to walk slightly stooped over. This will reduce pressure on your incisions.

You’ll likely be able to return to work about 2-3 weeks after surgery, but if your job involves physical labor, you’ll need to take more time off. After about 4 weeks, you’ll be able to resume moderate exercise. Finally, 6 weeks after your operation, you should be able to return to all your normal activities.

Tummy Tuck Results

Your results will gradually become more and more apparent as your bruising and swelling subside. This process may take a few months, so patience is critical.

If you maintain a healthy, balanced diet and a regular exercise routine, your results could last a lifetime. Weight gain after surgery can negatively impact your outcome.

Schedule Your Tulsa Tummy Tuck Consultation Today

Dr. Cuzalina is one of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the country. We’re confident that, after consulting with him, you’ll see why. He is dedicated to the art of cosmetic surgery and committed to giving you the results you want.

Dr. Cuzalina serves Tulsa and nearby areas of Oklahoma. Call (918) 392-7900 today to schedule a consultation.

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