Tummy Tuck

Maryland Plastic Surgeon serving Washington DC, & Virginia including Alexandria and Fairfax.


The tummy tuck is a very well-known procedure in Maryland and across the country. That's great, but with popularity comes certain misconceptions. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we work hard to ensure that your desired procedure is right for you.

Not every patient is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Dr. Chiaramonte will work with you to find a treatment path that leads you to your cosmetic goals.

You are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck if you:

  • Are in sound overall health and have no active infections
  • Are at or near your ideal...
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Every Maryland patient is unique, and everyone recovers from a tummy tuck at a different speed. The precise nature of your recovery will depend on unique, difficult-to-predict circumstances.

However, most of our patients are able to return to work approximately two weeks after undergoing a tummy tuck.

Again, it's important to understand that this timeline is not set in stone. Some patients heal faster than others. And you can do everything right, only to find yourself still struggling with discomfort that prevents you from returning to work.


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At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, our first priority is ensuring that our Alexandria-area only patients only undergo procedures that are right for them. When it comes to an abdominoplasty, we will never recommend the procedure if it doesn't fit your unique needs.

The first step in making this determination is listening to you describe your goals and desires. Then, we need to ensure that an abdominoplasty will actually help you achieve these objectives. It sounds basic, but this is often an overlooked point.

An abdominoplasty is a targeted procedure designed...

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Modern plastic surgery has evolved to the point where it is exceptionally safe when performed by a properly trained and educated plastic surgeon. This is true of all the procedures we offer to our Alexandria patients, including abdominoplasty.

At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we only offer procedures that can prove their safety and effectiveness. Abdominoplasty meets both standards.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more than 117,000 abdominoplasties were performed in the United States in 2014. The numbers across the world are obviously...

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We understand that you're a busy person. You value your job and you don't want to miss any more work time after an abdominoplasty than you absolutely have to.  But we always remind our Maryland patients of the importance of taking time for recovery.

Every abdominoplasty is unique, as is every patient. However, the general rule is that you can expect to return to work about two weeks after your procedure.

Your precise return date will be determined by a number of factors, including your body's natural healing ability and the extent of the procedure....

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The tummy tuck is very popular with Washington DC-area women who have recently gone through pregnancy. However, undergoing a tummy tuck will not in any way prevent you from having a child in the future. That's crucial to know.

We often advise patients to wait until they're finished having children to undergo a tummy tuck. Pregnancy puts a significant strain on your body, and it's quite normal to experienced loosened skin and abdominal muscles after a pregnancy.

A tummy tuck is perfect for addressing these concerns. However, having a child after...

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Unwanted belly fat is one of the top reasons why men and women seek plastic surgery. An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, improves personal appearance by removing extra skin and fat in the abdominal area caused by aging, pregnancy, heredity, prior surgery or significant fluctuations in weight. Indeed, many healthy individuals still have extra fat and skin around their midsection regardless of regular diet and exercise.


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Though every patient is different, the main goal of a tummy tuck is to provide a smoother, flatter stomach. But did you know that there are different versions of the popular procedure? Most patients require a standard tummy tuck, but some patients will require another type of tummy tuck such as an extended, circumferential or inverted-t.

before and after tummy tuck surgery

Before and after tummy tuck surgery

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Mommy MakeoverIf you are a mother having a hard time dealing with your post-pregnancy body, consider undergoing a mommy makeover. This term refers to having multiple plastic surgery procedures at one time in order to improve the appearance of post-pregnancy bodies that have changed drastically as a result of childbirth....

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When Maryland patients first begin considering a tummy tuck, they will most likely have many questions about the procedure and recovery process. We have a few answers to these frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision about moving forward with your own personal transformation.

What aesthetic goals does a tummy tuck achieve?

A tummy tuck is designed to effectively remove excess skin in the abdominal area. This area can atrophy after pregnancy, rapid weight loss, or as a result of natural aging. What this procedure aims to improve is the look and...

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