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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.

Before & After
Before & After

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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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In addition to being quadruple board certified, Dr. Robbins is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society represents 93% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S., and more than eight thousand plastic surgeons worldwide, making ASPS a global institution and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. To support its members in the provision of excellent patient care, ASPS will provide: education, advocacy, practice support and enhanced public awareness of the value of plastic surgery, while fostering the highest professional, ethical and quality standards. The Society is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing.

Dr. Robbins is Iowa’s ONLY quadruple board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Robbins believes not only experience but education are important for a successful medical practice. He is board certified by: •
* The American Board of Plastic Surgery
* The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
* The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
* The American Board of Laser Surgery

The decision to have cosmetic surgery is very personal, and you must feel comfortable with Dr. Robbins and staff. At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, your consultation will include a discussion of the procedure, viewing before and after photos, and discussion of all the surgical options and potential risks. We want you to be completely informed and confident with your decision to have cosmetic surgery. We encourage you to consult with other surgeons and research credentials allowing you to make a more informed decision before choosing a surgeon.
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The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification and continuous certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and sub specialists

Part of being certified includes the Board requiring the candidate to have completed 5 years of progressive training in general surgery residency training, and a minimum of 3 years of Plastic Surgery Training.

When choosing a surgeon for cosmetic/plastic procedures, a certification from the ABPS ensures you are working with someone qualified for performing these procedures and ensuring the safest outcomes.

Dr. Robbins is certified by the following boards:
- The American Board of Plastic Surgery
- The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
- The American Board of Laser Surgery

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For more than 30 years, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) has been dedicated to excellence in the medical specialty of cosmetic surgery and committed to providing the highest standard of care to our patients.

As the only certifying board that exclusively tests a surgeon’s knowledge and experience in cosmetic surgery, ABCS board certification is reserved for extraordinary surgeons who already possess at least one recognized board certificate, complete a comprehensive AACS certified fellowship training program in cosmetic surgery, and pass rigorous written and oral exams. In reality, many cosmetic or plastic surgeons do not qualify to take the ABCS board exam because of the very strict qualifications they must meet.

Dr. Robbins is Board Certified by the ABCS and has been since 2013.

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The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.,® was established in 1986 to improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment available to the public by examining for professional expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

To carry out this mission, the Board has established a mechanism for the education, qualification, training, review, and certification of surgeons specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

To be eligible for certification, a surgeon must:

•Have completed a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in one of the two medical specialties containing identifiable training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery: otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery.
•Have earned prior certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery or plastic surgery.
•Have been in practice a minimum of two years.
•Have 100 operative reports accepted by a peer-review committee.
•Successfully pass an 8-hour written and oral examination.
•Operate in an accredited facility.
•Hold the appropriate licensure and adhere to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.

Dr. Robbins is Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been since 2005. •

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The American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS) was founded in 1984 by physicians, physicists and other medical practitioners from various fields who were experienced in the fundamental science and clinical applications of lasers. They shared a concern for the safe and efficacious use of lasers in medicine and surgery. They believed that the increasing complexity and utilization of lasers in treating patients had created a need for the establishment of key standards of knowledge, competence, and experience for those who used lasers in medicine.

Many individual physicians, hospital administrators, chairmen of credentialing committees, and other concerned persons expressed a desire for an organization that would fulfill these needs. In doing so, they recognized that lasers are sophisticated instruments requiring special knowledge and experience for safe and effective use in surgery and other medical procedures.

From the very beginning of the era of lasers in clinical use, iatrogenic, laser-related injuries and deaths were occurring among patients. This was the incentive for the founding of the American Board of Laser Surgery. Today, deaths are rare, but burns, complications and sub-optimal outcomes are still all too common.

The Mission of the ABLS is to educate and credential as many qualified laser and light practitioners as possible to ensure the efficacious and safe outcomes for patients.

Dr. Robbins is certified by the ABLS in Cosmetic Laser Surgery and has been since 2013.
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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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