Tummy Tuck in Scottsdale, AZ
Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon Arizona

Our center in Scottsdale offers tummy tuck procedures to help patients achieve a slimmer, more toned abdominal profile. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Mata (a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale®) and Dr. Benjamin have over 30 years of combined experience performing these operations and using advanced surgical techniques for optimal results. In particular, we offer no-drain tummy tucks; this closing technique removes the gap between the abdominal wall and tissue, preventing fluids from building up. By consequence our patients to not have to wear drains. At Natural Results Plastic Surgery, we aim to exceed expectations for comfort, safety, and satisfaction.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the stomach area. During this operation, excess skin and fat are removed from the middle and lower belly to tighten the muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall. The surgeon may also reposition the belly button and eliminate some stretch marks. A regular tummy tuck usually takes 2-5 hours to perform. This surgery creates a flatter, firmer, and more youthful abdomen.
Dr. Mata and Dr. Benjamin fix diastasis recti (stretched abdominal muscles) during tummy tuck operations. This condition is most often caused by pregnancy or major weight loss/gain. Diastasis recti means that the belly sticks out because the abdominal muscles have widened. A tummy tuck is one of the best ways to fix this. The surgeon uses sutures to tighten the muscles back together and make the belly look firm and youthful.

Why Are We Using
The No-Drain Tummy
Tuck Technique?

The no-drain technique is a special technique performed during a tummy tuck. Dr. Mata and Dr. Benjamin use dissolvable sutures to close the gap between the abdominal wall and tissue. When there is a gap after surgery, the body naturally creates blood plasma to fill that space. Using dissolvable sutures leaves no place for this fluid to accumulate. Therefore, the procedure reduces the risks of complications and is more comfortable because the drains are unnecessary. The no-drain technique allows the patient to recover faster, reduces the risks of complications like a seroma, and helps to achieve better results.

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Types of Tummy Tucks

Full Tummy Tuck

A full (traditional) tummy tuck is one of the most common types of abdominoplasty. It removes excess fat and loose skin from the middle and lower abdomen to create a better profile. The surgeon makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, removes excess tissue, and tightens the abdominal muscles. This procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of the midsection for patients with loose skin or stubborn fat pockets after pregnancy or significant weight loss.

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Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is an option A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is beneficial for patients who require dramatic reshaping and and below the navel due to severe sagging. This technique combines a traditional horizontal tummy tuck incision with a vertical incision down the middle of the abdomen in the shape of a lily flower. This allows for tightening and removing excess skin, both vertically and horizontally, to smooth the entire abdominal area. A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is one of the most invasive forms of body contouring, but it is highly effective and brings impressive transformations.

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Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is an option for patients with significant sagging or stubborn fat deposits in the abdomen and flanks (love handles). This procedure utilizes a longer incision that extends beyond the hip to the lower back. It reshapes tissue over a much larger surface area for optimal results. Therefore, the recovery time for an extended tummy tuck is usually longer.

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Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, is best suited for individuals with mild ptosis (sagging skin) in the lower abdomen below the belly button. It requires a shorter horizontal incision, allowing the surgeon to target just the lower belly area rather than reshaping the entire midsection. Because it is less invasive, a mini tummy tuck typically involves a faster recovery than a full procedure.

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Consultation &
Preparation for Tummy
Tuck Surgery

During the initial appointment, the surgeon evaluates the patient’s health and medical history, examines their abdominal skin and muscles, discusses expectations, and explains the details of the procedure and the recovery process. Standard preoperative preparations include:

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Anesthesia

On the day of the surgery, the patient is brought to the operating room and connected to monitoring devices that track vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. Anesthesia starts with the injection of an intravenous (IV) medication that causes unconsciousness. This is done to maximize comfort and prevent any pain.
In a full tummy tuck, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic area and a circular incision around the belly button to free it from the surrounding skin. These incisions allow the doctor to access the abdominal muscles and fat. The length of the cuts depends on the extent of the correction that needs to be made. A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter horizontal incision. The belly button is not repositioned.
Through the lower incision, the surgeon can use sutures to repair abdominal muscles, making the belly look flatter. This procedure helps to reduce post-pregnancy deformities.
Excess skin is trimmed away from the lower and upper abdomen. Sometimes, a second incision is made around the back to address loose skin on the flanks. This procedure makes the abdomen look tighter.
The surgeon uses progressive tension sutures to close the gap between the abdominal wall and tissue, preventing fluid build-up. This allows us to avoid surgical drains. Progressive tension sutures pull in the abdominal tissue tightly to minimize potential spaces where fluid could accumulate. This technique allows for drainage-free recovery after a tummy tuck.
Once the muscles have been repaired and excess skin removed, the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures and possibly tape or glue. The belly button is repositioned through the circular incision.

Tummy Tuck Add-on Liposuction

Many patients who undergo a tummy tuck also choose to have liposuction. It helps to refine and contour areas that the tummy tuck cannot fully address, such as the back and thighs. Adding liposuction allows the surgeon to sculpt the patient’s figure more comprehensively. This operation eliminates stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Recovery may involve more swelling, bruising, and soreness when liposuction has also been performed. However, all symptoms subside within a few weeks, leaving the body more toned and youthful.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

The recovery period after a tummy tuck is important for proper healing. Patients are advised to take at least two weeks off from work or strenuous activity to recuperate. In the first few days after surgery, they must focus on resting — slowly getting in and out of bed and gradually increasing mobility around the house.
It is normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort during recovery. Dr. Mata and Dr. Benjamin will prescribe medications to help manage pain. Tummy tuck patients must wear a compression garment over the abdomen for several weeks after the procedure. It helps reduce swelling and supports the tightened abdominal muscles and skin. Patients should avoid straining, bending, or lifting until cleared to prevent complications and allow incisions to heal.
Attending all follow-up appointments is crucial because they allow Dr. Mata and Dr. Benjamin to monitor the healing progress, check for infection, and remove drains, stitches, and dressings when appropriate. Recovery is gradual, so patients are advised to increase activity slowly. Most individuals can return to non-strenuous work within 2-3 weeks, although some swelling and numbness may persist for some time. Full results will be visible after 3-6 months.

Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck is a popular plastic surgery that can help improve the appearance of the abdominal area. When considering this procedure, candidates must ensure that they meet certain criteria. Here are the main groups of patients who may benefit from abdominoplasty surgery:

Women with sagging skin after pregnancy

The stretched skin and separated abdominal muscles are difficult to restore
without surgery.

People with some fat deposits around

the stomach that do not respond to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck removes that excess tissue.

Patients who have lost considerable weight

either through bariatric surgery or diet and lifestyle changes. Abdominoplasty can remove loose, overstretched skin after major weight loss.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks have grown in popularity in recent years. More and more patients are undergoing this surgery to achieve a flatter, more toned abdominal profile. The main benefits of a tummy tuck procedure include the following:

Cost of Tummy Tuck
in Scottsdale, AZ

Tummy tuck cost in Scottsdale, AZ, ranges from $7,000 to $15,000. It varies substantially due to various factors. To find good options for a tummy tuck, Scottsdale patients must consider several aspects, such as the surgeon’s experience and credentials, the extent of the procedure, and additional expenses, like anesthesia and facility fees.
Natural Results Plastic Surgery provides the best conditions for our patients. They can undergo an excellent tummy tuck surgery for an affordable price. Patients receive personalized cost estimates during initial consultations with Dr. Mata and Dr. Benjamin.

What Makes Our Tummy Tuck Surgery
Different From Others?

Dr. Mata and Dr. Benjamin are board-certified plastic surgeons with over 30 years of combined experience in the field. Our surgical center provides an ideal setting for patients seeking tummy tuck procedures. After more than 25,000 operations, Dr. Mata brings deep expertise, particularly in body contouring surgeries like tummy tucks. Dr. Benjamin specializes in abdominoplasty, liposuction, and other cosmetic procedures. We emphasize patient-centered care, compassion, dignity, and service exceeding expectations. Natural Results Plastic Surgery is well-equipped to deliver the best tummy tuck outcomes in a welcoming, comfortable environment.

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