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Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a complex surgical procedure that requires meticulous skills and attention to detail by a top Minneapolis plastic surgeon. This is why patients who wish to eliminate excess fat and loose skin of the abdominal area often choose Dr. Harrington, a highly trained tummy tuck specialist. Dr. Harrington and her superb surgical team have helped countless patients achieve a flat, aesthetically pleasing abdomen by utilizing the latest surgical methods, yielding outstanding results with minimal complications.

Abdominoplasty is a highly effective procedure that eliminates fat deposits and sagging skin and tightens abdominal muscles, providing patients with a firm, flat body contour. In order to produce dramatic results, Dr. Harrington may combine the tummy tuck procedure with liposuction.

Is Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Tummy tuck is a procedure designed for patients who are in relatively good shape but are longing for a flat abdominal area. Most patients who undergo abdominoplasty in Minneapolis / St. Paul are individuals who have recently undergone massive weight loss, new mothers who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy body contours with a mommy makeover and those who are resistant to traditional exercise and dieting. Tummy tuck can be used to improve the following aesthetic concerns:

  • Reduce excess abdominal skin
  • Eliminate stubborn abdominal fat deposits
  • Tighten the underlying abdominal muscles
  • Improve the appearance of stretch marks

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and involves an incision just above the pubic hair, which generally extends to the sides of the stomach. Dr. Harrington creates an incision that is easily hidden by clothing. As a qualified St. Paul plastic surgeon whose priority is patient safety, Dr. Harrington often performs the tummy tuck procedure as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgery center.

Dr. Harrington and her talented team understand that undergoing tummy tuck is a life-altering decision, which is why they conduct thorough consultations with all their prospective Minneapolis / St. Paul body contouring patients. This caring approach allows them to provide each patient with detailed preoperative and postoperative information as well as second-to-none patient care.

At Harrington Plastic Surgery, patients are treated with advanced surgical technologies and techniques to enhance outcome, improve safety and increase patient comfort. In addition, Dr. Harrington and her team of plastic surgery experts are always on hand to address patients’ concerns and attend to their every need.

Tummy Tuck Postoperative Care and Recovery

The recovery time for tummy tuck is generally much longer than for any other cosmetic procedure. Most patients require one to three weeks of rest, recuperation and meticulous follow-up care. While most patients do not require a hospital stay, others may spend 24 to 48 hours in an overnight facility, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Abdominal swelling and soreness are often associated with tummy tuck. While this procedure may lead to some complications, when receiving surgery from Dr. Harrington, a Minneapolis abdominoplasty expert, most patients report an uneventful recovery and excellent aesthetic results.


The specific risks and the suitability of tummy tuck surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation at our Minneapolis plastic surgery office. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.  The information on this Twin Cities plastic surgeons’ website is not a substitute for a consultation. Call us at (651) 290-7600 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary personal consultation with Dr. Jennifer Harrington.