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Tummy Tuck

Worried about excess fat and loose skin around your abdomen?

At Millennium Medical in Chevy Chase, MD, Dr. Hadi M. Rassael can slim and tone your abdomen with a tummy tuck.

Read on to discover how abdominoplasty can help you achieve a leaner midsection so you love what you see in the mirror. 

What Are Some Advantages of a Tummy Tuck?

Along with boosting your confidence by sliming and firming your abdominal area, tummy tuck surgery can:

  • Reduce back pain
  • Strengthen abdominal wall muscles 
  • Help you stand straighter 
  • Reduce scars and stretch marks 
  • Remove excess skin 
  • Repair an abdomen that appears split
"Dr. Hadi Rassael and his staff are top notch for all cosmetic procedures. I highly recommend them for a consultation as they are extremely thorough for all patients. I can assure you that all your questions about all procedures will be answered completely, whether it's about liposuction, breast augmentation tummy tucks, etc. Best cosmetic surgery practice in Chevy Chase." John Bihn, 5-Star Review

Abdominoplasty Can Restore Your Post-Childbirth Figure

Childbirth often results in separated abdominal muscles and stretched skin, which is why many patients choose a tummy tuck when rejuvenating their appearance after having kids. A tummy tuck can be paired with other procedures to comprehensively restore areas of the body impacted by pregnancy, such as the breasts and abdomen. For example, many patients pair a tummy tuck with liposuction, a breast lift, or breast augmentation to help contour their midsection or reshape their breasts.  

If you’re in Chevy Chase, MD, or the Washington, D.C., metro area and wish to contour and tighten weak abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rassael today to discuss your options for treatment.

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Take the First Step to Enhance Your Figure  CONTACT OUR PRACTICE 

When you choose to undergo abdominoplasty with Millennium Medical, you can feel confident that you’ll leave with outstanding results. Dr. Rassael is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and has extensive experience in cosmetic surgery. He provides all patients with exceptional care tailored to their individual needs.

Our office serves Chevy Chase, MD, the Washington, D.C., metro area, and surrounding communities. For more information on the tummy tuck procedure, contact us online or call:

(301) 389-5084

A Closer Look at a Tummy Tuck

During your consultation, Dr. Rassael will review your candidacy, discuss an individualized treatment plan, and review possible side effects to ensure you are fully prepared for surgery. 

Treatment Timeline for a Tummy Tuck 

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Consultation

During your initial consultation at our Chevy Chase office, Dr. Rassael will evaluate your medical history and examine your abdominal area to determine if you are a candidate for tummy tuck treatment. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss the risks and limitations of a tummy tuck and help you establish realistic expectations. Dr. Rassael will also determine whether a traditional, mini, or modified tummy tuck is most suitable for your case. 

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Preparation

Before the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions to prepare for your surgery, including refraining from taking certain medications. Eating a healthy diet in the weeks leading up to your surgery is important and can help improve your healing ability. If you’re a smoker, your surgeon will advise you to quit at least six to eight weeks before your treatment. On the day of surgery, we provide a combination of a local anesthetic and general anesthesia to keep our patients comfortable. 

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Procedure 

Tummy tucks are often performed as an outpatient procedure at an accredited hospital. Your surgeon will begin by making a horizontal incision below your bikini line. The size of the incision will depend on the amount of extra skin that needs to be removed. At this point, liposuction can be performed to remove areas of stubborn fat from your stomach. Dr. Rassael will then remove excess skin and tighten your abdominal wall by pulling the muscles closer together. Tightening these muscles will create a firmer stomach and a narrower waist. Lastly, your surgeon will reposition your belly button.

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Final Step 

At the end of the procedure, Dr. Rassael will insert a temporary tube to drain any accumulation of blood or excess fluid. Once the incision is closed, your cosmetic surgeon will place a compression garment to help reduce swelling, bruising, and the risk of blood clots. Wearing a compression garment is an essential part of keeping your abdominal tissues in place while you move, and will also make you feel more comfortable. Because you will have limited mobility, you should arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for at least a couple of days.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Dr. Rassael may prescribe pain medication to minimize discomfort and reduce the severity of your side effects after surgery. Resting as much as possible is the best way to make a complete recovery.

During your post-surgical follow-up, your cosmetic surgeon will tell you when to expect to return to your regular activities. Most patients can resume non-strenuous activities after two to four weeks, though you should limit strenuous physical activity for at least four to six weeks. In some cases, it can take a year before all swelling completely subsides. 

Tummy Tuck Surgery Factors to Consider

Am I a Good Candidate?

As with all surgery, patients must meet certain criteria to qualify for a tummy tuck. Whether you're seeking to contour your abdominal area after weight loss or pregnancy, or just seeking a sleeker waist, Dr. Rassael will determine if a tummy tuck is right for you. Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are:
• In good health 
• Non-smokers or willing to quit 
• Within 10 to 15 pounds of their goal weight 
• Realistic about their goals 

Are There Side Effects?

During your initial appointment, your surgeon will review your medical history and discuss any potential side effects you may experience. Some of the most common side effects include: 
• Persistent discomfort
• Painful swelling
• Itching 
• Tenderness
• Bruising
• Skin tightness

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

At Millennium Medical, we understand that the cost of cosmetic surgery can be a concern for many patients, which is why we proudly offer financing plans to help you cover the cost of treatment. For qualified patients who want to break up the cost of surgery, our Chevy Chase, MD, practice accepts CareCredit® and United Medical Credit. Some factors considered when determining the cost of your tummy tuck are the complexity of your case, the distribution of fat deposits and excess skin, and your potential need for complementary procedures. If you want more information about the cost of tummy tuck treatment, contact us online or call 301-652-9005.

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Michael “DynaMike”

2021

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Honest, personable, friendly doc that will help you achieve your cosmetic needs by showing different options best suited. The front desk team are helpful polite and professional. I def would recommend and will continue service for my cosmetic needs.

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Homayra Mahjoob

2018

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Dr. Rassael is the BEST! Not only he is a Dr., but he is an artist. I am very pleased with the provided services from him and his professional staff. I I cannot thank him enough! Speechless .... Homayra

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Dr. Hadi Rassael

Millennium Medical

Our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Hadi Rassael, offers the communities of Washington, D.C., Chevy Chase, MD, and surrounding areas a relaxing boutique spa experience. He offers a number of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatment options including:

To schedule a consultation at our cosmetic surgery office, contact us online or call (301) 652-9005.

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"I highly recommend them for any type of surgery. No matter where you are in the world, this doctor and his team are the best to visit." Neneh K.

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