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How Long Does a Tummy Tuck Take?

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How Long Does a Tummy Tuck Take?

After events such as significant weight loss and pregnancy, it can be difficult or almost impossible to reduce stubborn belly fat through diet and exercise alone. If you struggle with excess skin or fat in your abdomen and want to feel confident in your clothes again, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

What is a Tummy Tuck, and How Does it Work?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that smoothes and tones the appearance of your abdomen. You may choose to have a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck, also known as a partial abdominoplasty. The type of tummy tuck you will benefit from will depend on your needs.

During your tummy tuck, Dr. Lawton will make an incision in the natural crease of your bikini area, which will be easy to hide with clothing or a bathing suit. She will then remove excess skin from your abdomen and strengthen the underlying muscles to help you achieve a smoother and more toned look. You can choose to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction for a more dramatic sculpting effect.

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How Long Does a Tummy Tuck Take?

The length of your treatment will depend on the type of tummy tuck you receive. A full tummy tuck typically takes two to three hours to perform, while a mini tummy tuck can take an hour or two. You should have someone drive you home after your procedure and prepare to take time off of work for seven to ten days.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck provides several benefits, including both cosmetic and non-cosmetic. Some of the benefits of a tummy tuck include the following:

  • A more toned appearance
  • Reduced stretch marks
  • Improved posture
  • Restored confidence

If you want to know more about what benefits you can expect from a tummy tuck, call today to book a consultation with Dr. Lawton.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is an excellent option for individuals who have undergone weight loss or pregnancy, as these events can impact tissue in the abdomen, making it difficult to achieve a flat midsection. Candidates should be in good health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations of what a tummy tuck can do for them.

Dr. Lawton will assess if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck. As a board-certified surgeon and as a mother of two, she knows firsthand what effects pregnancy can have on the body and uses her expertise to help her patients achieve their desired physique.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about tummy tucks? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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