Tummy Tuck

At Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery, we understand that sometimes no matter what you try, your stomach does not look the way you want it to. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fady Sinno performs abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, to help people from Baltimore and Columbia, MD, attain or regain a flat, attractive abdominal area.

Who is the best candidate for a tummy tuck?

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fady Sinno performs tummy tuck surgery to reduce or flatten a protruding abdomen when weight loss or exercise is not effective. People who have had multiple pregnancies, significant weight loss, or other conditions that have stretched out abdominal muscles and skin can benefit from a tummy tuck. The procedure is most effective for healthy individuals who have stabilized at their desired weight.

How do I know if I need a mini or full tummy tuck?

Dr. Sinno performs the following variations of the tummy tuck procedure, which depend on the extent of correction needed:

  • Full tummy tuck surgery renews the look of the abdomen from under the ribcage down to the pubic area. This version requires an incision that runs from hip to hip and another that circles the belly button. Dr. Sinno removes loose, stretched skin and rejoins separated abdominal muscles if necessary. The abdominal skin is pulled down and the belly button is repositioned.
  • Mini tummy tuck surgery provides improvement from the belly button down to the pubic area. Dr. Sinno removes loose skin and tightens abdominal muscles in this limited area. This variation requires a shorter incision than the standard tummy tuck.

What is another surgery that would complement a tummy tuck?

Dr. Sinno often performs other plastic surgery procedures to enhance the results of a tummy tuck. Popular options for our Baltimore and Columbia-area patients include:

A tummy tuck is performed as part of most mommy makeover procedures to help women renew their bodies after pregnancy and breastfeeding. During your consultation, Dr. Sinno will take the time to answer your questions and create a customized plan that will work best for you and your body.

How is the tummy tuck procedure done?

Dr. Sinno performs tummy tuck surgery either as an outpatient procedure or with an overnight stay in a hospital. You will receive general anesthesia during the surgery so you will sleep through the procedure and feel no discomfort. He first makes an incision across the abdomen above the pubic bone. He then removes excess skin, fat, and tissue and tightens abdominal muscles if they are stretched or separated (a condition called diastasis recti). Dr. Sinno often also performs liposuction of the abdomen, hips, and flanks at the same time, if necessary. He closes the incision with absorbable stitches.

Testimonials

  • “I am incredibly happy with the results of my mammoplasty! The results have far exceeded my expectations. Dr. Sinno was very knowledgeable, professional, and transparent with me about the procedure. Dr. Sinno and his staff are incredible and are always a pleasure to work with! They provide excellent personalized care and I was very impressed with the surgery center.”

    – Patient Review on Vitals

  • “Dr. Sinno, is caring, intuitive, and extremely skilled. He is more interested in producing an artistic, natural, and beautiful result than in simply making money. I consider him to be one of the most ethical and professional plastic surgeons in the region. I highly, highly recommend.”

    – TriciaLeanne

  • “I have been going to Dr Sinno for more than 15 yrs, I had 3 surgeries, He has the best bedside manner & his professionalism is beyond anyone I met! I Love my results. He is truly an artist. I can’t say enough about him, I HIGHLY recommend him.”

    – Rbsbeauty

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How long is recovery from tummy tuck surgery?

Most patients can return to work and resume light activity within 10 to 15 days. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise or sports for at least 6 weeks.

What can I expect after a tummy tuck?

After your tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Sinno, your abdomen will be wrapped in an elastic compression garment that you will need to wear for the first several weeks. The gentle pressure will give you stability and minimize initial swelling. Most patients also return home with 1 or 2 drains to empty fluid from the surgical area. Dr. Sinno will remove them several days after surgery.

Most patients are sore to some degree for 10 to 20 days after their tummy tuck. Dr. Sinno uses several tools for pain management, including long-acting local anesthetic administered at the time of surgery and the placement of “pain-pump” devices that continue to deliver the local anesthetic for several days. Any initial numbness in the treated area can persist for several months.

You will not be able to stand completely upright for at least the first week, and possibly longer. However, it’s important that you start moving and walking within 1 to 2 days after surgery to reduce the possibility of blood clots.

Dr. Fady Sinno

Meet Dr. Fady Sinno

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Fady Sinno provides individual attention and personal care to each of his patients. His warm, personal approach and exceptional results make him a top choice for Baltimore, MD, area men and women who want to look and feel their best.

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More Tummy Tuck FAQ


Do I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?

Tummy tuck surgery is for women and men who have a protruding midsection due to muscle laxity, excess skin and fat. Liposuction is excellent for removing isolated areas of fat in individuals who have good muscle and skin tone. The best option after pregnancy or massive weight loss is a tummy tuck.

Do you get scars from a tummy tuck?

Although a scar cannot be avoided with any surgery, including a tummy tuck, Dr. Sinno strives to minimize the incision and place it where the scar can be concealed by a swimsuit or underwear.

Can a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

No, a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss surgery. However, it can be a highly beneficial procedure for those who have already lost weight by dieting, exercising and/or having bariatric surgery. If losing a large amount of weight has led to excess skin and fat in your midsection, a tummy tuck may be the procedure for you.

Why can’t I flatten my abdominal muscles with exercise?

If your abdominal muscles have become weakened or separated, exercise cannot close the gap (called a diastasis recti). Dr. Sinno can repair the separation with internal sutures. This closes the gap and brings the muscles back to their natural position. After you recover, you can exercise to rebuild core strength for further abdominal flattening. Suturing your abdominal muscles can also take several inches off your waistline.

Can I have a tummy tuck between pregnancies?

A pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery could reverse all of the corrections made during the procedure. To maximize and prolong your results, wait to have a tummy tuck until after you have had your last child.

Are tummy tuck results permanent?

A tummy tuck will give you a much flatter, smoother abdomen overall. The results are permanent unless the abdomen is stretched again by massive weight gain or another pregnancy.

How painful is abdominoplasty surgery?

Most of the pain after abdominoplasty surgery originates from repairing and tightening the abdominal wall muscles. Dr. Sinno administers long-acting local anesthetics into the abdominal wall muscles at the time of surgery, so patients are very comfortable when they wake up from general anesthesia. In addition, Dr. Sinno strongly recommends the installation of the ON-Q® pain pump device at the time of surgery so pain is effectively and automatically controlled for 4 ½ to 5 days using local anesthetics only. This device provides safe pain control directly to the surgical site while minimizing the use of narcotic pain killers and avoiding their common side effects.

How can I prepare for my tummy tuck?

Avoid smoking for several weeks prior to your procedure. You should also avoid aspirin and any other blood-thinning medication before your tummy tuck. Make plans to have someone help you around the house after surgery, especially if you have small children. Dr. Sinno will provide detailed post-op instructions at your consultation.

Next Steps

Are you ready to find out more about tummy tuck surgery near Baltimore or Columbia, MD? Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at  (410) 884-4200 (Ellicott City) or  (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). His offices are conveniently located near Annapolis and Frederick.

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You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

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HealthGrades
5.0/5
Sep 3, 2021
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The Dr. Sinno and his staff are superbl!!! They are very professional, kind, caring and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and informed. Dr. Sinno himself is an AMAZING plastic surgeon. When I look at my before and after pictures I think Dr. Sinno is a magician! Once I met with Dr. Sinno for a consultation I knew I wasn't going anywhere else and I cancelled the other consultation I had scheduled. Dr. Sinno was so easy to talk to, he listened to what I had to say and explained everything to me in a way that I could understand. Dr. Sinno performed a breast reduction with lift and a tummy tuck with lipo - the results are beyond words, amazing! I was very surprised that the scaring is very minimal. Just goes to show how great of a plastic surgeon Dr. Sinno is. The team took excellent care of me from consultation through all of my follow up visits. I want to thank everyone (Dr. Sinno, Rima, Tayra and the ladies in the surgery center) for the wonderful care I received.
RateMDs
5.0/5
Sep 2, 2021
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The Dr. Sinno and his staff are superbl!!! They are very professional, kind, caring and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and informed. Dr. Sinno himself is an AMAZING plastic surgeon. When I look at my before and after pictures I think Dr. Sinno is a magician! Once I met with Dr. Sinno for a consultation I knew I wasn't going anywhere else and I cancelled the other consultation I had scheduled. Dr. Sinno was so easy to talk to, he listened to what I had to say and explained everything to me in a way that I could understand. Dr. Sinno performed a breast reduction with lift and a tummy tuck with lipo - the results are beyond words, amazing! I was very surprised that the scaring is very minimal. Just goes to show how great of a plastic surgeon Dr. Sinno is. The team took excellent care of me from consultation through all of my follow up visits. I want to thank everyone (Dr. Sinno, Rima, Tayra and the ladies in the surgery center) for the wonderful care I received. If I could I would shout from the roof tops how pleased I am with my results and the care I received from Dr. Sinno and his staff I would. I highly recommend Dr Sinno. I am beyond thrilled with my results and so happy I chose him as my surgeon.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 19, 2021
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ABSOLUTELY WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!! Dr Sinno and his team are knowledgeable and friendly! I am ecstatic over my results! Thank you Dr. Sinno, Rima * Tayra!!!
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5.0/5
Aug 7, 2021
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Dr. Sinno is one of the most caring plastic Surgeons I have had the pleasure of meeting. His staff is no different and will go the length to assist you in any possible way. A coworker recommended him to me when I needed breast reduction surgery. After meeting him for consultation I knew he is the right surgeon for me. And he did an excellent job! Thank you Dr. Sinno, and staff for being who you are, and making me happy. God bless you all. You are the Best
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5.0/5
Jul 1, 2021
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My experience with Dr. Sinno and his team have been great. I am completely satisfied with my results and my only regret is not seeing Dr. Sinno sooner. I haven’t been happy with my initial breast implants for many years and went to several consults. After my consult with Dr. Sinno, I knew I would be in great hands. He explained everything in a way that was easy to understand yet still comprehensive. He was patient with all my questions and was never condescending. He really listened to me and what I was looking to achieve. He explained everything clearly including possible risks. I really appreciate his honesty and attention to detail. I highly recommend Dr Sinno. I am thrilled with my results and so happy I chose him as my surgeon. Thank you to Dr Sinno and his team! It was totally worth it.
Vitals
5.0/5
Jun 11, 2021
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My experience with Dr. Sinno and his staff has been very positive. I highly recommend Dr. Sinno. He is an excellent, talented plastic surgeon. In 2009 he performed an upper eyelid surgery and I was very pleased with the results. So, when I decided to get a facelift in 2019, I again decided to go to Dr. Sinno. Dr. Sinno and his staff are very professional, kind, and caring. They made me feel comfortable and at ease. He did an amazing job. I look natural and years younger than I imagined. I am extremely happy with the results of both surgeries. Dr. Sinno and his staff went above and beyond my expectations in both service and results.
RateMDs
5.0/5
Jun 8, 2021
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Absolute perfection! I underwent a breast augmentation with Dr. Sinno. I waited years for this and I'm beyond satisfied with my experience and beyond thrilled with my results. Dr. Sinno and his staff listened to my expectations and from the very first consultation visit were so welcoming, professional, and knowledgeable. My breast augmentation results are absolutely perfect. I cannot express enough how incredibly happy I am that I chose Dr. Sinno and his practice.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jun 8, 2021
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Absolute perfection! I underwent a breast augmentation with Dr. Sinno. I waited years for this and I'm beyond satisfied with my experience and beyond thrilled with my results. Dr. Sinno and his staff listened to my expectations and from the very first consultation visit were so welcoming, professional, and knowledgeable. My breast augmentation results are absolutely perfect. I cannot express enough how incredibly happy I am that I chose Dr. Sinno and his practice.
Google
5.0/5
May 4, 2021
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Dr. Sinno and his entire staff are top notch. They will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and informed. They take amazing care of me from start to finish and during follow ups. Excellent service and excellent results.
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5.0/5
Apr 28, 2021
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where to even start! i got a labiaplasty at dr. sinnos office on a whim right before I moved and they were able to fit me in before I moved with enough time for the post surgery check ups. Dr. Sinno is super knowledgeable in the labiaplasty procedure and I took a long time researching it. This had actually been a surgery I was wanting and avidly researching since I was 12 years old. Thank you to the entire staff and Dr. Sinno, they did everything to make me feel comfortable and happy the entire time. I definitely recommend him for labiaplasty especially if you’re looking for a wedge labiaplasty. if you want to see the healing process i posted it on his realself!
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5.0/5
Apr 28, 2021
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Dr. Sinno and staff are the best! I was 100% satisfied with the support I had from them before, during and after my surgery! I received a tummy tuck with lipo and the results are life changing! I am only 2 weeks post op and loving my new body! I couldn’t thank Dr.Sinno and the staff enough for everything!!!! Love them and would go back in a heartbeat
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5.0/5
Apr 15, 2021
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Dr. Sinno and entire staff make cosmetic procedures a most pleasant experience. I also received recommendations on a skin care/anti-aging regime, and I have been happy with that as well. Their after care/follow-up with their patients is also excellent. I would entrust Dr. Sinno in any of my future plastic surgeries. He delivers amazing results!
Google
5.0/5
Apr 6, 2021
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I had scheduled consultations with two surgeons, Dr. Sinno being my first. After meeting him and his staff, I cancelled the other consult. My experience exceeded my expectations. The staff is very welcoming, compassionate and clearly take pride in what they do. Dr. Sinno was very patient, answered all of my questions, addressed all of my concerns and truly put me at ease. The day of my procedure was picture perfect. Everything went well and according to plan. I am so pleased with my choice with Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery. Thank you Dr. Sinno and staff for caring so much!
Google
5.0/5
Mar 22, 2021
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Was in need of a breast augmentation after much volume loss after extended breastfeeding. Through a family member's recommendation, I scheduled a consult with Dr. Sinno. He was the second plastic surgeon I received a consultation with and he exceeded my expectations from the very first visit. His bedside manner was so down to earth, nice, respectable, and knowledgable. He took my concerns seriously and gave me above and beyond the results I wanted. His staff is so gracious and just as compassionate as he is. I felt at home and that I had a good surgical team taking care of me before, during, and after my procedure. My procedure was on a Friday and my post-op was scheduled for the Monday following. One of the nurses called me on Saturday on her personal cell phone just to check up on me and give me helpful advice. I have never experienced this type of excellent treatment from any medical team before. They are committed to their patients. For anyone afraid or skeptical of certain procedures, Dr. Sinno and his team will comfort you, work with you, and make you feel right at home. I would recommend him to anyone!
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5.0/5
Mar 4, 2021
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Full disclosure: I consulted with 3 plastic surgery practices in Howard County before choosing the Sinno Center. I wanted to make sure I made the best decision with as little bias as possible. I have nothing but nice things to say about the Sinno Center. From the moment I walked in I had a good feeling. Dr. Sinno is a brilliant, extremely talented surgeon. The staff is just as amazing; they know their stuff, and they've been there for years which was very important to me. Dr. Sinno did an excellent job. They are always very responsive, professional, and polite. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend the Sinno Center to anyone contemplating plastic surgery of any kind. Thank you SO much Dr. Sinno, Justine, Rima, Tayra and everyone else at the Sinno Center! One of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.
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5.0/5
Feb 3, 2021
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Dr. Sinno and his staff are the absolute BEST! Everyone there are polite and friendly. His office is very clean and professional. The entire team is clearly dedicated to providing outstanding service! I see Dr. Sinno for Dysport injections. He always takes the time to do a thorough consultation. He really listens to me so he understands what I’m hoping to accomplish during my visit. He makes his recommendations in a way I can really understand him too. He is very easy to talk to and before I know it, my visit is over. I love my results!!! 100% I recommend!!!
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5.0/5
Jan 30, 2021
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Dr. Sinno and his entire team are amazing, personable and extremely knowledgeable. They take you step by step to ensure your comfortable with your decisions, never making you feel rushed or pressured. The day of my surgery I felt 100% at ease in knowing that I was in good hands. Dr. Sinno is an extremely proud perfectionist at his craft. I'm 100% happy with my decision and happy I chose the Sinno Center. I"ll forever be a part of the SInno Family. Crystal Smith
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5.0/5
Jan 29, 2021
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Dr.Sinno is AMAZING!!!!! I could go on and on...I would recommend him to anyone who wants a doctor who builds a trusting relationship with you. He listens to exactly what you want and delivers above and beyond! You can tell he takes extreme pride in his work and it shows. Every single staff member is so incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and caring!!! Their office is always so clean and welcoming. TRULY THE BEST IN TOWN!
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5.0/5
Jan 27, 2021
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I searched for 8 years to find a plastic surgeon that I felt I could trust. The moment I met Dr. Sinno's team, I honestly felt like I was home. From the time, I walked into Dr. Sinno's practice everyone was kind, warm and welcoming. I got the exact results I asked for during my consultation. Dr. Sinno exceed my expectations, I don't believe I could of found a better plastic surgeon. Dr. Sinno and his staff are beyond amazing! I highly recommend Dr. Sinno for your life changing needs! He gave me confidence that I thought I would never have in my life!!
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5.0/5
Dec 22, 2020
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I don’t usually write reviews but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about my experience with Dr Sinno. Before I selected Dr Sinno as my surgeon I did my research. Board certified: check. Good reviews: check. Good consult: check. Having Rhinoplasty was something I have looked forward to for several years and I wanted to be extra sure before committing to going though with it. Kinda hard to hide the the nose on your face, right?! From consult to post surgery it was a good experience. The front office staff was kind and friendly. At the consult he actually listened to what I had to say and explained the process in detail. He took the time to make sure that we were both on the same page so I could get my desired result. The day of surgery he met with me before and after the procedure. I had minimal bruising and swelling and could tell a huge difference only one week after surgery. His level of professionalism and skill while also being humble about it are the reason I picked him to perform my rhinoplasty. He is there to work with you to give you the result you are looking for. Another thing I liked is that I wasn’t just a number to them. The practice always made me feel welcome. If you are looking for a surgeon look no further.
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