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Tummy Tuck Des Moines


A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a comprehensive plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce excess skin and fat, restoring a firmer, flatter abdomen. If you’re considering tummy tuck surgery in Des Moines, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Robbins would be happy to meet with you for a personal complimentary cosmetic consultation.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Have you had kids and just can’t stand that “bump” or excess skin? After pregnancy or major weight loss, the midsection can lose some of its natural tone and skin elasticity. Your abdominal muscles often times do not go back to their original position.

Some patients are candidates for CoolSculpting or skin tightening with Exilis. CoolSculping is a nonsurgical solution to reduce fat in the abdomen area. Depending on the amount of excess skin in the abdomen area, Exilis may also be a solution. Exilis provides some body contouring as well. A complimentary consultation is the best way to find out which solution or solutions will work best for you.

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The tummy tuck incision pattern.


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Abdominal muscles can become stretched after pregnancy
Dr. Robbins performs muscle repair to tighten the muscles and flatten the abdomen.

When to Consider Tummy Tuck Surgery

The goal of tummy tuck surgery is to redefine and reshape the abdomen through the removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of abdomen muscles.

You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have:

  • Localized fat deposits around your midsection
  • Excess or hanging skin around your abdomen
  • Stretched or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)

A tummy tuck can address both the upper and lower abdomen. It’s important to note that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for conventional weight loss. The best candidates will already be in good health and physical shape before electing surgery.

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  • What happens during a tummy tuck?

    To perform tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Robbins will need to make a horizontal incision just above your pubic bone. Another incision is made inside the navel (to address the upper abdomen). Through these incisions, Dr. Robbins will be able to reshape the underlying tissue. He will also tighten the abdominal muscles to produce a firmer, flatter midsection.

    At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, your surgery will be performed in our fully accredited operating suite located at our facility. Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires general anesthesia. The time necessary to complete surgery varies between 2 and 3 hours.

    Liposuction is sometimes combined with tummy tuck surgery to address excess fat. Liposuction is often performed on the flanks to contour your midsection. After a tummy tuck, the stomach area is nice and flat, but the flanks (love handles) may be more pronounced. Liposuction of that area will contour your midsection and provide a more dramatic result.

  • Will I need to take time off from work?

    You will need to make time in your schedule not only for surgery, but for recovery. The extent of your procedure, as well as your overall health and level of physical fitness at the time of surgery will determine how much time is necessary for recovery. Most patients require at least a week off from normal routines like work and social activity. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month. A tummy tuck is more difficult to recover from than other surgeries because you use your midsection more than you think. Getting out of a chair, walking up stairs, getting out of bed, etc. are all normal daily routines that use your stomach muscles. These are very common activities you will need help with the first several days after surgery.

  • Should I get a tummy tuck or abdominal liposuction or CoolSculpting?

    Because liposuction only targets unwanted fat, skin elasticity is usually a major deciding factor for most patients. If you do not have a significant amount of sagging skin, or you aren’t bothered by a small amount of post-surgical skin laxity, you may want to consider abdominal liposuction on its own. CoolSculpting is another option for fat reduction. It is a nonsurgical solution that targets pockets of exercise resistant fat. There are no needles and no downtime. Please see our CoolSculpting website for additional information and watch videos explaining the process.

    However, if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight or if you’ve undergone multiple pregnancies, a tummy tuck may be necessary to address loose skin, stretched abdominal muscles and persistent fat deposits that remain despite diet and exercise. At your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Robbins, he will exam you to determine what is best for you and your personal goals.

  • I’m overweight. Can I still have a tummy tuck?

    If you’re overweight or obese, a tummy tuck may sound like a quick fix. Though not technically considered a weight loss tool, tummy tuck surgery can reduce unwanted fat and skin from your abdomen. While being overweight won’t necessarily exclude your from being a candidate, it may increase the risk of surgical complications. The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to meet with Dr. Robbins for a personal cosmetic consultation. At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, Dr. Robbins prefers candidates for surgery who are at their ideal weight. As a result, the results will be ideal. If you are planning to lose weight, it is best to do that first and then come in for a consultation.

  • Are tummy tucks just for women?

    Absolutely not. In recent years, tummy tuck surgery has seen a surge in popularity among male patients, especially those who have undergone major weight loss.

  • How much does a tummy tuck cost?

    Because abdominoplasty surgery is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, its cost varies. The techniques involves, the amount of time required to perform the surgery, and the amount of tissue removed all play a role in determining the price of a tummy tuck.

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Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery in Des Moines

Do you wish you had a tight abdomen with no excess skin? Then it may be time to consider tummy tuck surgery in Des Moines. Dr. David Robbins is a quadruple-board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a variety of body contouring procedures. To set up your cosmetic consultation today, please call us at 515-221-9999.

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Meeting Dr. David Robbins

This is the customer’s opportunity to ask any and all questions. It is also Dr. Robbins’ opportunity to ask you questions as well. Every conversation should be open and honest because surgery is a big deal and both parties involved want the best outcome with the best experience possible. You should be expected to talk about the following:

What you want to change about your body, and why you want to change it?
How you feel about your body now, and how you would like to feel after plastic surgery?
Your goals: what do you want to look like after surgery, what specific changes would you like to see?
Which procedure(s), if any, can help you achieve your goals?
What results you can expect from each procedure?
What’s involved in the surgery (anesthesia type, incisions, recovery timeframe)?
The risks and possible complications from surgery?
Review your medical history (be open and honest for your safety).

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When you are called back to begin your consultation appointment, you will first meet with a patient coordinator, who will review your medical history with you and help you get settled. Your patient coordinator is your liaison between you and the practice. They make sure your questions are addressed quickly as you consider your options before surgery as well as throughout your surgery and recovery process. They also help you with scheduling pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments.

Our front desk receptionist is also able to schedule pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments. The patient coordinator will credential the office and the staff, including Dr. Robbins, so that you have a good understanding of what sets Des Moines Plastic Surgery apart from other local plastic surgery practices.

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Once the customer feels comfortable with the information they have gathered, a consultation is scheduled by email or phone. Customers will always meet with Dr. Robbins and his Patient Care Coordinator for the initial consult.

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Before Scheduling A Consultation

We encourage customers to do research online, talk with family and friends and verify the plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Please visit our website for more information about the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

This often prepares the customer for the consult and makes them feel more comfortable with Dr. Robbins.

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A consultation is equal parts interview, learning experience, and time to see the possibilities of what cosmetic surgery can achieve for you. It’s a two-way conversation that should help you answer important questions:

Is cosmetic surgery the right option for me?
If so, which procedure or procedures are appropriate?
Who do I want to perform my procedure(s)?
Are the benefits worth the risks?
You get these answers by meeting with Dr. Robbins, a board certified plastic surgeon and his staff and asking more detailed questions. Expect each consultation to last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. It is important to remember you are consulting for elective cosmetic surgery, not covered by insurance.

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How Is The PRP Hair Restoration Procedure Performed?

A small amount of blood (10mL- about a tablespoon) is drawn in our office just like a routine blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge which will separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the other blood components which are not utilized. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. An additional technique uses Microneedling or a Profractional laser to make microscopic entry points in the skin of the scalp. PRP is then injected into the scalp. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and the patient may drive themselves home. Early studies suggest that the procedure be repeated every three to six months for best results.

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PRP in the field of hair restoration is in its early stages and although no long term studies have been performed as it relates to its effectiveness, there is substantial evidence that PRP is a promising treatment option for hair growth. Extensive clinical trials are not complete and medical data is not yet published to establish the absolute effectiveness of PRP therapy in hair restoration. PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. The kits used to make the PRP are FDA approved. The kits are sterile and isolate the PRP in a very effective way.

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How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) in human blood contains many growth factors that stimulate stem cells which have the ability to stimulate new cell and tissue growth and regeneration as well as tissue healing in the environment or location that the PRP is placed. Multiple medical publications over the past two decades confirm the safety and use of PRP therapy. PRP has been used with great success over the past 20 years in the fields of plastic surgery, reconstructive and wound healing treatments, oral surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics.

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PRP as it relates to hair growth is an exciting new non-surgical option for patients who may benefit from stimulation of hair growth and preventing further loss. PRP hair restoration does not re-grow hair but uses your own blood products to increase hair thickness and stimulates existing hair follicles to grow and is best applied to small areas of thinning hair, receding hairlines, and loss of hair volume. PRP is not meant to replace FDA approved medications to prevent hair loss but may be used in addition to these medications or may be an option for those who wish to not take medications or have side effects from these medications. PRP will complement the effects of minoxidil and DHT blockers. PRP hair restoration is also a great option for those who are not candidates for surgery or who want to delay formal hair transplant surgery. PRP can also be used after Neograft hair transplant to improve graft survival and speed of growth as well as to help prevent ongoing hair loss.

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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the body’s natural healing elixir and acts as a natural fertilizer that stimulates stem cells to grow and repair aged and damaged tissue. Platelet-rich plasma(PRP) therapy can be a proactive treatment for patients experiencing thinning hair or as an adjunct to hair transplant procedures. PRP has been utilized for years as a way to stimulate growth of new cells in a variety of applications. PRP has recently received a great deal of press as it relates to treatments to restore youthful appearance to your skin. For example, Des Moines Plastic Surgery uses PRP with lasers and microneedling to expedite healing and for anti-aging and improvement in skin texture and tone.

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A tummy tuck can address both the upper and lower abdomen. It’s important to note that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for conventional weight loss. The best candidates will already be in good health and physical shape before electing surgery.

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The goal of tummy tuck surgery is to redefine and reshape the abdomen through the removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of abdomen muscles.

You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have:

Localized fat deposits around your midsection
Excess or hanging skin around your abdomen
Stretched or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)

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A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

Prior surgery
Significant fluctuations in weight

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A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.

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In 2019, the Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure was the 5th most performed cosmetic surgical procedure performed on females in the US.
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Dr. Robbins is Iowa’s only quadruple board certified plastic surgeon and each year performs 5x more breast augmentation procedures than the national average.

We offer complimentary consultations where you can meet with Dr. Robbins and the Des Moines Plastic Surgery team. Consults involve learning more about the procedure you’re interested in, determining if you’re a candidate, and going over results and expectations.

Learn more about our award-winning practice by visiting our website and schedule consults conveniently online.

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Consultation: the first step.

Many women start their surgical journey by talking to a friend or a relative who has already had a breast augmentation. While these are all good places to start, your most valuable resource is a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon.

A consultation doesn’t take long, and with an expert’s opinion, you’ll be better able to understand the benefits, risks, and discover which implant options are best for you and your body.

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