Tummy Tuck Salt Lake City & Layton, Utah

Abdominoplasty & Tummy tuck in Utah

Abdominal stretching associated with childbirth and weight fluctuations can cause loose skin, stretch marks and separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis). Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) removes excess abdominal skin, while tightening and flattening the abdomen. This is performed using a “bikini line” incision in the lower abdomen. The abdominal muscles are tightened as indicated. Depending upon the degree and location of skin excess and stretch marks the patient may benefit from a full abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty.

Do I need a full abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty?

At the time of your consultation, Dr. Yates will help you determine which would be best for you.

Generally, a mini-tummy tuck improves the lower abdomen whereas a full tummy tuck improves the entire abdomen. A “new” belly button is created with a full tummy tuck, whereas the original belly button remains after a mini-tummy tuck. Dr Yates pays particular attention to the appearance of the belly button as both he and his patients find this is very important.

More skin and stretch marks are removed with a full tummy tuck. In general the skin from the pubic area to above the belly button is removed.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,493, according to the 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.   This figure does not include facility or anesthesia fees and the patient should expect the total cost to be a bit more.   For example, in our office our all-inclusive tummy tuck cost is in the $7,500 to $9,000 range. For a list of the costs of common procedures performed by Dr. Yates click here.

Can a tummy tuck be done without general anesthesia?

A full tummy tuck can certainly be done without general anesthesia.  In appropriately selected patients, this is our preference.

  • Lower risk of major complications such as DVT or pulmonary embolism
  • Less postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Less early postoperative pain

Dr. Yates requires the patient to be of good health and near their ideal body weight to be a candidate for a full abdominoplasty in the office operating room. Dr. Yates operates only in fully accredited facilities.


How is a tummy tuck performed?

Every patient is different and the exact tummy tuck procedure is tailored to the patient and their goals. The steps of the operation include 1) a low abdominal incision (well hidden), 2) elevation of the skin and fat as a unit to approximately the ribs, 3) muscle repair to flatten and tighten the abdomen, 4) removal of the excess skin and fat with the patient in a sitting position, 5) meticulous creation of a new pretty belly button, and 6) closure with internal dissolving sutures to prevent suture marks.

Can liposuction be done at the same time as a tummy tuck?

Dr. Yates will frequently do liposuction in combination with a tummy tuck.  Most commonly on the abdomen and upper hips.  The are varying opinions among plastic surgeons regarding multiple area large volumes of liposuction at the time of the tummy tuck.

There is a significantly increased risk of DVT and pulmonary embolism when large volume liposuction is combined with an abdominoplasty.  This is a major complication that rarely can result in death.  Plastic surgeons have different appetites for risk.  Dr. Yates feels that  risks in cosmetic surgery should be reduced as much as possible.  For that reason Dr. Yates does not offer large volume liposuction at the time of a tummy tuck.

What should I expect after a tummy tuck?

A dressing is applied and drains will remain for about a week. After a full tummy tuck you will remain in a flexed position at the waist for a week to limit tension on the suture line. Pain medications are used as necessary for the first several days. Lifting is limited and a supportive garment (which is supplied) is used for 1-3 weeks.

You will notice quite a difference early after your tummy tuck although some swelling will be present for up to one year. The tummy tuck scar will fade over the first year. Unless you lose or gain a significant amount of weight, the results should last a long time.

On our Facebook business page, other patients have discussed their recovery and experience after tummy tucks as well as other procedures.

How about a “no drain” abdominoplasty?

It is certainly possible to do abdominoplasty without a drain.  There are a few technical modifications that decrease the risk of fluid accumulation (seroma) after the procedure including among other things, progressive tension sutures.  Dr. Yates uses these modifications and did so initially in 2013 with the intent of going “drainless”.  However for the first few procedures we left drains in place to see how much drainage we would find and although there was less drainage, there was enough that we still prefer to leave drains for a less risky, quicker recovery.

Should I wait to have a tummy tuck until I am done having children?

Generally yes. Some of the benefits of a tummy tuck can be lost with the stretching of the abdomen associated with pregnancy. Often a tummy tuck is addressed at the time of a mommy makeover.

What risks are associated with a tummy tuck?

Dr Yates will thoroughly discuss the rare but potential risks at the time of your consultation. The risk of poor healing is much higher in smokers and patients with large upper abdominal scars from previous surgery. Dr Yates requires patients to refrain from smoking for 6 weeks in preparation for surgery. Dr Yates is quite experienced with abdominoplasty surgery, providing service to the Salt Lake City Utah metro area.

What is the cost of a tummy tuck?

The costs of a tummy tuck vary depending on what needs to be done and the skill and experience of the surgeon.  Having an in office, certified operating room is a benefit for patients of Dr. Yates as facility fees can be significantly reduced.

How do I schedule a consultation or schedule surgery?

Contact Dr. Yates Layton, Utah office or feel free to email him any additional questions you may have.

Before & After


before and 1 year after full abdominoplasty and upper hip liposuction. Her pants are pulled down to reveal the scar which is still a little red but fading  View More.

  • Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

    Date: June 28, 2014

    If you are considering undergoing a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure, you may have come across a lot of information or success stories about Mini Tummy Tucks. While a miniature version of a surgery typically sounds like the better option, a mini may or may not be right for you. How do you know if it is? This depends mainly on your current shape, as well as your desired results.

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