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As the summer rolls around each year, do you dread having to be seen in a bathing suit because of your protruding belly? Does the appearance of your stomach make you feel old and unattractive? Do you spend countless hours at the gym exercising but still find that you can’t achieve the sleek, sculpted abdomen that you desire? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to talk to body sculpting expert Dr. Jason Emer and his trusted team of Beverly Hills plastic surgeons to find out if the tummy tuck procedure is right for you.

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Dr. Emer is a world-renowned, innovative dermatologist who trained at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, as well as the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Along with his team of skilled, meticulously detailed plastic surgeons, he is able to create natural-looking, transformative outcomes in terms of body sculpting.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a popular plastic surgery for achieving a thinner, firmer abdomen. This can be an ideal procedure for patients with conditions that make it impossible to achieve smooth, aesthetic abdominal contours with diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck surgery can:


Eliminate excess skin around the waistline

No amount of crunches or planks can create a flat, toned stomach if there is loose, hanging skin. This condition is common among women who have had children and patients who have had dramatic weight loss.


Remove stubborn abdominal fat

In some cases, genetics and hormonal changes can make it very difficult to burn fat in this area. Small pockets of unwanted fat in the areas above and below the belly button can be removed in the tummy tuck procedure.


Tighten the abdominal muscles

Pregnancy and childbirth can cause the abdominal muscles to soften and separate. For some patients, restoring a firm, flat midsection will require a tummy tuck procedure to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.

video cover of patient in dr emer's office 1 day after tummy tuck

A tummy tuck can be performed in combination with hi-definition liposuction and other companion treatments for optimal results. This plastic surgery is often included in mommy makeover procedures, along with breast surgery, surgical body lifts, and other body contouring treatments.

Right for you?

Am I a Good Candidate for a Full Tummy Tuck?

Candidates for abdominoplasty are often women who have had children or individuals who have experienced extreme weight loss and were left with excess skin around the abdomen. During your initial consultation, Dr. Emer and his team can assess your cosmetic concerns and determine if a tummy tuck is the best approach to achieving your treatment goals.

Tummy tuck surgery should only be performed on patients who are in optimal physical and emotional health and who do not suffer from any major medical conditions such as hypertension. Candidates should also be non-smokers with a positive and realistic outlook for their results.

For patients whose cosmetic concerns with the midsection are localized below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be recommended. In cases of mild skin laxity or minor excess fat, minimally invasive treatments may provide the desired improvements without the need for plastic surgery.

While a tummy tuck can help remove stubborn fat from the mid-body, it’s important to understand that it is not a weight loss procedure. You should be at a stable, healthy weight in order to undergo a tummy tuck. If there is considerable excess fat around the abdomen, liposuction may be needed in addition to your tummy tuck.

If you are a woman who is planning to have children, you may want to consider postponing your treatment until after your family is complete. A pregnancy will most likely affect your tummy tuck results, and an additional procedure may then be needed to restore your desired look.

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Amazing experience with Dr. Jason Emer, I had my hi def liposuction surgery last weekend. The organization from the front desk to the billing department to the surgical coordinator was phenomenal. I was guided every step of the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better surgeon. I had 4D Hi Def Liposculpture done with Dr. Emer on my back, abs, chest, and arms. Although only 3 days post-op I can visibly see my six pack. I am very happy with my results. Make sure you do your research and pick a highly trained surgeon to do your operation. It was a bit pricier but he did a phenomenal job. Highly recommended! – JS

My “mommy makeover” revision surgery with Dr.Emer and Dr.Cohen was a success! Honest , high skilled and true artists! I am thrilled with results and highly recommend to all who still in search of a good surgeons – L

My experience with Dr.Emer was great! He answered all the questions I had. Went into detail on how we can achieve the body I want! His staff made need feel welcome, and we’re very professional. Can’t wait! – G



My patient came to us after having a very botched and asymmetrical surgery. She wanted to get a tighter waist and feel comfortable about her body. The last surgery left her with a very high and crooked incision. This photos is less than 24 hours after surgery. She is very tight and will be able to have full movement as she recovers. Her abdominal wall was protruding very far and needed tightening to bring her waist in.

At consultation we suggested doing other areas as well such as arms, legs, and back which we will do in subsequent procedures to create a cohesive contouring.

video cover of mini tummy tuck procedure at Dr. Emer's office in West Hollywood


Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck patients often report significant improvements in their quality of life as a result of the procedure. Benefits of a tummy tuck can include:

  • Tighter, more toned stomach
  • Better fit in swimwear and form-fitting clothing
  • Boost in self-confidence
  • Reduction of unwanted, stubborn abdominal fat
  • Restoration of firm abdominal muscles
  • More youthful aesthetic overall
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Tummy Tuck Procedure: What to Expect

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can take two to five hours. Most often, patients are under general anesthesia for this procedure.

The plastic surgeon will begin by making a horizontal incision across the lower belly. The plastic surgeon can then repair the abdominal muscles, remove fat, reposition the belly button, and tighten the skin to fit your new slimmer contours. The incision will be closed and dressed to complete the procedure.

Tummy Tuck Recovery: What to Expect

Patients should plan for at least two weeks of downtime and time off work after tummy tuck surgery. You will need to arrange for someone to help you around the house during this part of your recovery. Though you will need to move around a bit throughout each day to encourage healthy blood circulation, it is important that you get adequate rest and avoid unnecessary strain.

Swelling, bruising, and tightness can be expected during the initial stage of healing. You will be fitted with a compression garment that can help mitigate your swelling and support your new, more attractive shape.

Dr. Emer will ensure you are kept comfortable with pain medications and will provide detailed aftercare instructions on bathing, taking care of your incision site, sleeping, sitting, and lying down. It is very important that you follow all post-op instructions to support optimal healing and avoid compromising your results.

You will be scheduled for frequent follow up visits to ensure that your recovery stays on track. These appointments allow Dr. Emer to assess your progress and advise you when it is safe to resume your normal activities. It will typically take four to six weeks to recover from a tummy tuck, depending on your body’s natural rate of healing.

Tummy Tuck Results

You will notice gradual improvements as you heal and swelling subsides. Post-op swelling can last up to three months. Once the area has fully healed, your stomach will be visibly flatter and tighter.
Weight fluctuations and the natural aging process can affect the appearance of your midsection. Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly will be necessary to maintain your new slimmer waistline. Regular anti-aging and skin rejuvenating treatments may be recommended by Dr. Emer to promote optimal collagen production for youthful-looking skin long-term.

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The Dr. Emer Difference

Dr. Emer is a world-renowned cosmetic dermatologist who trained at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, as well as the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He has dedicated himself to helping patients look and feel their best, and he does not settle for less than exemplary results.

He only works with board-certified, meticulously detailed plastic surgeons, so his patients receive the highest level of care and the most natural-looking, transformative outcomes in terms of body sculpting procedures like the tummy tuck. Dr. Emer and his team will apply their expertise to give you a firmer, tighter, and more proportionate abdomen to expand not only your wardrobe choices, but also your personal sense of confidence and self-esteem.

Dr. Emer will develop a customized treatment plan for your needs and aesthetic goals. He understands what a tummy tuck can accomplish and will advise you if additional procedures are needed to achieve comprehensive enhancement. In many cases, tummy tuck surgery can be combined with additional procedures to deliver maximum improvements with one recovery period.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

The price of your tummy tuck will be determined by the complexity of your specific procedure and whether companion treatments are performed as well. Once Dr. Emer and his team have developed your customized treatment plan, you will receive detailed information about the associated costs.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are ready to transform your abdomen and achieve the body you’ve always wanted, contact the office of Dr. Jason Emer in West Hollywood to schedule your tummy tuck consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping you make your ideal body your new reality.