The Informed Choice: Cosmetic Surgery Consulting

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens abdominal muscles. Be aware that this is a major operation that sometimes is performed in a hospital. A mini-tuck (which involves less fat and skin removal) can be done on an outpatient basis. Although it is major and the recovery can take a while (you’ll need at least a couple of weeks off from work), it can work wonders for stretched and sagging tummies. This is a very popular procedure for women who have children and want to recover their figure, or anyone who has lost significant weight and needs firmness that sit-ups just can’t accomplish.

Last year, 127,633 abdominoplasties were performed at an average of $5,350 (surgeon fee only).

Statistics are courtesy of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

A few years ago I noticed that, despite my rigorous workout routine, my waistline seemed to be disappearing! After much research and several doctors’ opinions, I decided on procedure that’s a cross between a tummy tuck and a body lift, called a High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty. Getting ready for the surgery was a bit like training for a marathon, but being in the best shape possible helped me recover relatively quickly. Even with all the work and a significant recovery time, I’m extremely glad I had it done: It has restored something I had and now have back again — a flat, trim abdomen and thighs.

Always remember, any surgical procedure carries risks, so be an informed patient!

These before and after pictures of our clients were provided courtesy of several excellent surgeons (and with permission of the patients).


Thank you for all your concern and help in dealing with the many problems consequent to my face lift. You have given me both comfort and strength and just at the time when I needed them most! I only wish I had known about you and services before my procedure!

L.Z., San Diego, CA