Introduction to

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, performed by Dr. Ogilvie in Chicago, is used when patients want their abdomen to look slimmer, fitter, and more youthful.

A tummy tuck will eliminate excess skin and, often, add structure to the abdominal muscles. The end result is an abdomen that looks firmer and fitter, allowing patients to feel a significant boost in confidence and self esteem.

How Do I Get Started on My Tummy Tuck?

If you want to know more about tummy tuck surgery and whether it might be a good fit for you, contact our Chicago office to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Ogilvie.

During this consultation, you’ll be able to ask about how a tummy tuck might work on your body and with your physiology. Dr. Ogivlie believes in a patient-centered approach, emphasizing education and communication so you feel comfortable with every step of your procedure.

Actual Patient

Before & After Photos

Am I a

good candidate?

Individuals seeking to eliminate excess skin from around their abdomen are often good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. This excess skin often develops due to a significant weight loss or because the stretching of the skin experienced during pregnancy. There are many life events that can lead to excess skin and “loose” abdominal muscles.

In general, candidates for a tummy tuck will:

  • Present a significant amount of excess skin around the belly/abdomen.
  • Be a generally consistent overall weight.
  • Be able to take one to three weeks off of work (or be given light duty during recovery)
  • Benefit from added structure to the abdominal muscles.
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery.
  • Have realistic expectations about what to expect.

Who is

Abdominoplasty For?

In some cases, tummy tuck is performed concurrently with a liposuction procedure. But this depends on whether you have noticed stubborn areas of fat you want to better contour with your body.

If you have questions about whether you’re a good fit for abdominoplasty, contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Ogilvie. We’ll be able to discuss your desired outcome and how that might fit with your current physiology.

The Tummy Tuck


Tummy tuck surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients are allowed to return home the same day as their procedure is performed. The surgery itself takes anywhere between 2-4 hours to perform, depending on the needs of the patient. Most tummy tuck procedures will follow these basic steps.

Anesthesia — Tummy tuck surgery is almost always performed under general anesthesia.

Incision — The incision for most tummy tuck procedure patients will be located near the bottom of the abdomen. Usually, the incision will be made below the bikini line, so as to be easily hidden. Once the incision is made, the abdominal muscles may be realigned into stronger positions and given added structure. Additionally, excess skin will be removed.

Tummy Tuck


Because of the nature of the procedure, it’s important for patients to take their tummy tuck recovery period seriously. Patients will be given medications to help manage discomfort, and swelling may persist for several weeks. You will be given detailed and individualized recovery instructions by Dr. Ogilvie in order to ensure your best possible results. Once swelling subsides, patients will notice that they look significantly slimmer, with a firmer looking abdomen more true to their actual contours.

Many patients report a significant increase in confidence and self esteem after tummy tuck surgery. If you want to discuss your tummy tuck options, contact Dr. Ogivlie’s office today and schedule a consultation to get your transformation started.


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