Tummy Tuck

Lots of people are looking for flat and toned stomachs, but that can be easier said than done, even with diet and exercise. Whether due to aging, genetics, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations, excess skin and fat, and weakened muscles can affect how you view yourself. Why not boost your body image with a tummy tuck? Dr. Andrews can give you the results you’re looking for.

What is A Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a very effective cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat and skin and strengthens weakened and separated muscles, providing a smoother and firmer abdominal area.

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?

 A tummy tuck can be the right procedure for a wide range of patients. Some of the specifications that make someone a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure include: 

  • Being in generally good health
  • Being at a stable weight
  • Having realistic expectations
  • Being a nonsmoker
  • Are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
  • Struggling with weakened abdominal muscles

If you’re still unsure whether you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrews. He can talk you through the process and determine whether it’s the right procedure for you.


board-certified plastic surgeon


Dr. Kahlil Andrews is a board-certified plastic surgeon from Los Angeles specializing in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

At his location in Coralville, Iowa, Dr. Andrews’ academic and technical achievements are only exceeded by his commitment to patient care. Whether they are seeking reconstructive breast surgery, outpatient injectable treatment, or a full-blown mommy makeover, Dr. Andrews gives his full attention and focus on achieving excellent patient outcomes.



I could not have asked for a better experience with Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery. I had a mommy makeover which was quite an extensive surgery but never felt worried or concerned before or after the procedure. Dr. Andrews as well as all of the staff were friendly, professional, and responsive to all my needs. Nurses Stormy and Emma and Surgical Tech Natalie were great at my pre-op appointments, the day of surgery, and my post-op appointments. My results are amazing, better than I could have ever imagined! I 100% would recommend Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery to my friends and family! – Heather W

Dr Andrews and his staff are very professional and were great to work with. I got a breast augmentation and I am so happy with the results! The recovery has been fairly easy and I am so happy with my decision to go with Dr Andrews. – Deborah Johnston

I was treated better and with more respect than in any medical setting, I have previously experienced. They were compassionate, knowledgeable, and informative. I strongly recommend Dr. Andrews and his very capable team! – Sophia Joseph

I went to see Dr. Andrews recently. The entire staff was welcoming and friendly. Dr. Andrews took the time to explain to me my options and answered all my questions. I can’t wait to have my procedure. – Aleigha De Leon


The Tummy Tuck Procedure

At the beginning of your tummy tuck procedure, anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort. From there, a horizontal incision is made between the pubic bone and the belly button. How long the incision is and the shape of it will depend on how much excess skin is being removed. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, any weakened or separated muscles will be repaired and strengthened.  

Another incision will be made if excess skin needs to be removed from the upper abdomen. The skin in the upper abdomen will be pulled down and the excess skin trimmed.

From there, a new opening for the belly button will be created, and then the belly button will be sutured into an appropriate position.

From there, all your incisions will be closed with sutures or skin adhesives, and you will be sent to the recovery room to wake up and begin the healing process.


As you start your recovery, bandages will be applied to your incisions, and you will be given a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the abdomen as you heal. A small drain may also be placed under the skin to drain out any excess blood or fluid. 

Before you leave, Dr. Andrews will give you instructions on how best to take care of your incisions and drains, what medications to take, and what activities to avoid. You will also schedule a follow-up appointment. 

You’ll need to wear the compression garment for about six weeks. During this time, you’ll want to rest as much as possible and avoid any activities that will strain your incisions. 

Additionally, while you may see some results immediately, it will take three to four months to see the final results.

Schedule A Consultation

Ready to achieve the flat and toned stomach you’ve always wanted? A tummy tuck may be the perfect solution. Take the first step and schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery today. Call our Coralville, IA office at (319) 800-6877 or use our online scheduling form.

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