Woman's abdomen before and after tummy tuck

Tummy Tuck

Age, heredity, pregnancy, surgery, and weight fluctuations can significantly impact the appearance of your abdominal region.

At Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons, we can perform a tummy tuck to tighten loose muscles for a smoother, more toned abdomen.

Learn more about how tummy tuck surgery at our Indianapolis practice can enhance your silhouette...

Woman's abdomen before and after tummy tuck

What Can Abdominoplasty Do for Me?

Remove Excess Skin

Loose abdominal wall skin is an unfortunate consequence of weight fluctuations and pregnancy. Oftentimes, this excess skin does not respond to diet and exercise, making surgical excision the only effective treatment option. By removing the excess abdominal wall skin, tightening the underlying abdominal wall musculature, and re-draping the skin, we can leave you with a smoother, tighter abdomen.

Produce a Flatter Stomach

If the underlying abdominal muscles weaken and separate, this can contribute to a bulging stomach. During abdominoplasty, we tighten these muscles and remove loose skin for a flatter and more athletic abdomen.

Improve Your Confidence

If you have achieved your weight loss goals but still hide your stomach with loose clothing because of excess skin, this procedure allows us to make the critical adjustments needed to realize the full results of your efforts. After surgery, you can feel confident baring your abdomen and wearing more form-fitting clothing.


Brooke Walker

July, 2019

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Dr. Bergman is amazing. She did my breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck with and I couldn’t be happier. The staff is always so friendly and always make me feel comfortable and welcome. I would highly recommend her!


Danielle R.

October, 2019

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I had such a positive experience at Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Grasee performed my abdominoplasty and I am beyond thrilled with the results. She listened to me, addressed all of my questions and concerns, and understood my goals.  I have a new level of self confidence now. Her staff was extremely helpful and courteous. I could not have asked for a better plastic surgeon or plastic surgery practice.

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Even if you are committed to exercise and a balanced diet, you may be frustrated with abdominal wall laxity that a diet and exercise regimen alone can not address. At Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons, our board-certified plastic surgeons have more than 15 years of experience.  Dr. Debra C. Bergman and Dr. Elizabeth A. Grasee   have undergone rigorous training to perform treatment with beautiful results. All abdominoplasty procedures are performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center or hospital.

We invite you to contact our plastic surgery practice online or call us at (317) 581-0001 to schedule a consultation at our Carmel practice located just north of Indianapolis.

What Is Abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck removes excess abdominal skin and small amounts of fat to help you achieve the flat and toned stomach you desire. Additionally, the procedure actually tightens the abdominal wall musculature.

The procedure is targeted more at removing excess skin than fat. If excess fat is the primary problem, however, we may recommend liposuction as an alternative. In other cases, we may suggest combining liposuction and abdominoplasty to achieve the best results.

Abdominoplasty procedure

Abdominoplasty can address one or more of the following conditions:

  • Localized, excess fat
  • Loose skin and tissue
  • Weakened abdominal muscles

A tummy tuck can focus on the center of the abdomen or address the abdominal region between the ribs and hips, through the sides, and to the back. The technique that is right for you depends on the amount and location of excess skin that needs to be removed.

View Our Patient's
Tummy Tuck Results

Before This Indianapolis patient was unhappy with the loose skin that caused her abdominal region to appear wrinkled and unsightly.
After After her tummy tuck, we were able to tighten up her mid-section to give her a slim, toned appearance.

Types of
Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck vs. mini tummy tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck involves the placement of a three to five-inch incision that is placed just under the bikini line. As the least invasive option, this approach requires the smallest incision and allows for removal of skin in the lower abdomen.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

The length of the traditional tummy tuck incision can vary, but it may extend all the way from hip to hip. An additional incision is made around the navel. This approach allows for skin removal from the upper and lower abdomen. The skin is then re-draped and an opening created, through which the belly button is secured.

Extended Tummy Tuck

The extended tummy tuck involves an incision that wraps around the hips so loose upper and lower abdominal skin, as well as loose skin from the hips, flanks, and back, can be addressed. An additional incision is made around the belly button to allow for re-draping of the skin around the navel.

"My Experience Here Has Been Wonderful"


Ashly Kinsey

November, 2018

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Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons has the complete package. The surgeons and staff are great. They are always very helpful, knowledgeable and able to answer any questions I have. My experience here has been wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone!


Shannon Burkhart

September, 2019

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So thankful for the excellent care I have received.  Dr Grasee and her staff are extremely caring and professional.

What to Expect

Did you also know that your results are still improving during the weeks, and sometimes months, after your surgery? That is why it is so important to take the time to heal after surgery and follow all post-surgical instructions.

The recovery period from a tummy tuck varies according to the degree of the procedure. Initial wound healing will take approximately five to ten days. You may return to work and normal activities in two to three weeks, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Strenuous activity such as running or weight lifting should be avoided for about six weeks.

After surgery, a compression garment will be applied to decrease swelling. In addition, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood and fluid.

After the initial swelling subsides, which takes about six weeks, you can expect a flatter abdomen that better supports your core and leaves you feeling confident in your body image.

Committed to Surgical Excellence

At Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons, we are dedicated to excellence. We belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (317) 581-0001.

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