Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)


An abdominoplasty—often referred to as a tummy tuck—can provide you with a flatter, more evenly toned abdomen via the removal of fat deposits and excess skin from the midsection. Ideal for men and women, you may want to check out our other Services For Men.


Salem plastic surgeons Dr. Keith Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen can help you determine if you’re a candidate for a tummy tuck and discuss the different variations of the abdominoplasty procedure with you. Many patients benefit from a partial abdominoplasty—or mini tummy tuck—while others may need a traditional tummy tuck in combination with liposuction to achieve the desired results; Dr. Neaman will recommend a custom treatment plan to address your unique needs and aesthetic goals.

Abdominoplasty Variations

At Neaman Plastic Surgery, Dr. Keith Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen performs standard tummy tucks, mini tummy tucks and modified tummy tucks to suit your individual physique and cosmetic desires.


Traditional Tummy Tuck – In a traditional tummy tuck, an incision spanning the abdomen from hip to hip is made in order to tighten the vertical abdominal muscles for a healthily toned appearance. Liposuction may be used to narrow and contour the waistline, and superfluous skin will be removed before the incision is closed.


Mini Tummy Tuck – A mini tummy tuck is designed to remove fat and loose skin localized under the belly button. Mini tummy tucks require smaller incisions, although these procedures do not typically include the tightening of stomach muscles or the removal of tissue from the upper abdomen.


Tummy tucks allow for minor variations, and Dr. Neaman & Dr. Christiansen will recommend an abdominoplasty tailored to your individual needs and body type. With a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can maintain the beautiful results of your tummy tuck for years to come.

Body Contouring and Tummy Tuck Surgery Video

Body contouring is either a surgical or non-surgical procedure that is more artistic and tailored to meet your aesthetic goals. Procedures include liposuction, body lift, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, thigh lift, butt lift, and a variety of laser treatments with the goal in mind to restore balance and symmetry.

“Dr. Neaman and his staff treat you like family the second you walk in the door. They are professional, courteous, caring, and truly made me feel like the most important person in the room. Whether you are having major or minor surgery or coming in for an in office treatment, you will not be disappointed.”

– Tamra, Actual Patient*

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?

Although there are different types of tummy tuck procedures, each abdominoplasty is intended to eliminate protruding belly fat and restore a taut, smooth stomach.

Ideal tummy tuck candidates are nonsmokers who are in good general health and experience one or more of the following:

  • Sagging skin around the midsection and loss of abdominal muscle tone
  • Deposits of fat around the midsection that do not respond to diet or exercise
  • Stretched abdominal skin and muscles following pregnancy
  • Loose skin following major weight loss

If you plan to have children, you may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck until after childbirth; the natural stresses of pregnancy can cause the muscles tightened during a traditional abdominoplasty to separate. Likewise, patients who plan to lose a substantial amount of weight are generally better served by holding off on tummy tucks until they are near their ideal weights; massive weight loss can leave excess skin that would negate the effects of an abdominoplasty.

 Patient Video Testimonial

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck

There are two types of tummy tucks – a mini and a full tuck. Generally, only about 1% of candidates are ideal for a mini tummy tuck as the primary purpose of abdominal contouring is to remove excess skin and tighten the muscle as a result of pregnancy.

Techniques for Buttock Rejuvenation

There are three techniques for buttock rejuvenation including Brazilian Butt Lift, circumferential abdominoplasty with augmentation of the buttock, and a buttock implant. Learn more about these three procedures from Dr. Keith Neaman.

Tummy Tuck Recovery Time

Dr. Dustin Christiansen discusses recovery time following a tummy tuck surgery. Learn more about when to return to work, exercise schedules, and more.

Differences in A Body Lift and Abdominoplasty

Good plastic surgery is about creating harmony with the tummy, waist, breasts and more. See Dr. Keith Neaman discuss the differences in a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty and a body lift.

Using Liposuction During Tummy Tuck Surgery

Liposuction is frequently combined with a tummy tuck as the abdominoplasty is the primary surgery, and the addition of liposuction contours the sides of the abdomen creating natural harmony in the body proportions.

Liposuction versus Tummy Tuck Surgery

Do you know the differences in Tummy Tuck surgery and liposuction? See Dr. Dustin Christiansen discuss each procedure and how they are used separately to achieve aesthetic goals or as one procedure together for an added benefit.

Featured Tummy Tuck Before/After Photos*

Tummy Tuck FAQ’s

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure whereby loose, excess abdominal fat and stretch marks are removed. It is by no means a small operation. However, the results of many tummy tucks are excellent, and patients report a high level of satisfaction.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

In most tummy tuck surgeries, a horizontal incision is made just above the pubic hairline. The amount of excess skin to be removed will dictate the length of the incision. The skin is dissected, and the excess fat is removed. The abdominal muscles are tightened, and the belly button will be repositioned.

Is there scarring with a tummy tuck?

Yes, but the incision takes 12-18 months to finalize the scar.  The incision is placed to be hidden in your bikini line.

What is the downtime after tummy tuck surgery?

The down time for a tummy tuck varies by patient, but you should plan at least two weeks down time away from work or routine activities.

When is the best time to have a tummy tuck?

The best time to have a tummy tuck is after you are finished having your children, and your baseline body weight has returned to normal.

Do you have to be at a certain weight to have a tummy tuck?

The ideal preference is that you are physically healthy and at a stable weight, do not smoke, have realistic body expectations, and are not excessively bothered by your appearance.

Can a tummy tuck correct stretch marks?

A tummy tuck cannot correct your stretch marks, however, if they are located in the areas where excess skin is removed, they will be eliminated as well.

What types of bandages do I wear after tummy tuck surgery?

After tummy tuck surgery, particular dressings and bandages will be applied over the incisions, and you may need to wear a compression garment or elastic bandage to reduce swelling and support your abdominal muscles.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery Consultation

Tummy Tuck Surgery can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall – restoring a more  youthful look you may desire. If you would like to learn if you can benefit from a tummy tuck, please contact Neaman Plastic Surgery to schedule your personal abdominoplasty consultation. We welcome patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.