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 how tummy tuck surgery at our practice north of Indianapolis can enhance your silhouette.

What Is an Abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that removes excess abdominal skin and small amounts of fat to help you achieve the flat and toned stomach you desire. Additionally, the procedure tightens the abdominal wall musculature and can remove some stretch marks.

Abdominoplasty Full tummy tuck steps 1) Marker incision line 2) skin elevated 3) abdominal muscles repair and suture 3) skin pulled down and excess skin and fat removed shown 5) suture

A tummy tuck is designed to remove more excess skin than fat. If excess fat is your primary concern, we may recommend liposuction as an alternative. In other cases, we may suggest combining liposuction and abdominoplasty to achieve the best results.

Remove Excess Skin

Loose skin on the abdominal wall is an unfortunate result 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 skin of the abdominal wall, tightening the underlying 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 abdominal 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 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.

Beautiful Results From Our Skilled Surgeons

Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons patient before abdominoplasty procedure
Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons patient after abdominoplasty procedure
When it comes to tummy tucks, pictures are better at telling the story than words. View over 40 real patient cases from our Carmel plastic surgery office and then imagine how abdominoplasty can change your life. With almost 20 years of experience, our surgeons make dreams come true every day in the Greater Indianapolis area.

Are You Ready for a Leaner Figure? Reach Out to Us Today

Even if you're 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 20 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 request a consultation at our Carmel plastic surgery office located just north of Indianapolis.

Call: (317) 581-0001

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"I would highly recommend Carmel Cosmetics. Great experience with office staff, very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Grasee helped me improve my body after 150 lb weightloss with a tummy tuck and breast lift... I am so very pleased with the care provided and absolutely love my results. I appreciate Dr. Grasee and staff for the excellent care and support." Natashia Scheidt

Amazing Transformations for Our Indianapolis Patients

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Before This Indianapolis patient was unhappy with the loose skin that caused her abdominal region to appear wrinkled and unsightly.
Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons patient after tummy tuck procedure
After We were able to tighten up her mid-section to give her a slim, toned appearance, and reduce the appearance of her stretch marks.

Are You Considering A Tummy Tucks?  Request a Consultation

The best way to get answers or to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you is to sit down with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Described as gifted and brilliant in patient testimonials, our surgeons help patients every day achieve their dreams.

Dr. Grasee and Dr. Bergman are known for creating a warm and supportive environment that makes patients feel comfortable talking about their goals. In turn, they offer guidance so you can feel confident choosing the right solution for you.

Our Carmel office just north of Indianapolis offers a a wide range of plastic surgery options that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. In practice for 20 years years, our surgeons can take your goals and skillfully translate them into a tailored treatment plan designed just for you.

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Anne May

Carmel, IN


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The staff and physicians at Carmel Plastic Surgeons are wonderful. Dr Bergmann took the time to listen to my concerns and treated me with respect. The staff was also helpful and respectful. I highly recommend this office.

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kelsey jobug

Carmel, IN


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Dr. Grassee did my tummy tuck and lipo and it has changed my life! She did such a great job and my belly button looks amazing which I was really nervous about. Love love love my body now I can be happy when I look in the mirror!

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Recovery: What to Expect

Did you 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 from our Indianapolis-area surgeons. Here's what you can expect after your plastic surgery:

Recovery is different for everyone and varies according to the complexity of the procedure. For example, the recovery period may be longer with combined surgeries.
Recovery is different for everyone and varies according to the complexity of the procedure. For example, the recovery period may be longer with combined surgeries.


Initial wound healing will take approximately 5-10 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.

Compression Garment

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.

Imagine Feeling Completely Confident in Your Skin

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Concerned About Pain During Recovery?


You can expect to experience some post-operative discomfort. In general, pain is mild to moderate after a tummy tuck. Most of the discomfort is limited to the first few days after surgery and will be managed with prescription and/or over-the-counter medications.

Do You Need More Than a Tummy Tuck? Consider a Mommy Makeover

After pregnancy, sagging skin in your abdomen may not be your only problem. Many women also are dealing with volume loss in the breasts caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding. Unfortunately in this situation, a tummy tuck alone won't bring back your former self.

Our board-certified doctors at Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons can combine abdominoplasty with procedures like breast augmentation and breast lift to create a toned, shapely silhouette. You can feel comfortable in all your clothes, from slim-fitting jeans and pencil skirts to swimsuits.

Explore your options to combine a tummy tuck with a breast lift, breast augmentation, or butt lift in a mommy makeover during a consultation with our Carmel team serving Indianapolis.

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"My goals were to always have a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck done as a reward for all of the hard work put into reaching my fitness goals... After surgery I looked in the mirror for the first time and was overwhelmed with emotions because I absolutely loved the woman I saw in the mirror after years of not loving the way I looked. I would highly recommend Dr. Bergman and her team to anyone." Whitney Little
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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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