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Tummy Tuck

If you have loose skin or abdominal muscles, it can result in wrinkled, sagging tissue and bulging of the stomach.

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is the only way to predictably and effectively treat these conditions.

At The Center for Cosmetic Medicine, plastic surgeon Stuart Baker can perform your tummy tuck surgery and produce beautiful results.

We have three conveniently located offices in Champaign, IL, Decatur, IL, and Monticello, IL.

Paying for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Some patients choose to pay for the cost of a tummy tuck upfront with cash or a personal credit card. For those that want to break up the cost of care into affordable monthly payments, we accept CareCredit® financing. This reputable company offers several no- and low-interest plans that can be paid off over the course of one or two years. Apply online to see if you qualify.

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Patients can feel completely confident when they choose to undergo care with Dr. Baker. He has been performing plastic surgery procedures since 1980 and he is a board-certified plastic surgeon. In addition, he is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

To learn more about abdominoplasty, contact us online by sending a message or requesting a consultation to meet with our plastic surgeon at one of our Champaign, IL, Decatur, IL, or Monticello, IL, offices. We serve patients from Peoria and surrounding areas. You can also reach us by phone:

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Candidates for Tummy Tuck

Candidates for the tummy tuck procedure should be in good health, not smoke (or be willing to quit for a period of time), and have realistic goals in mind. The procedure is often performed on patients that have experienced dramatic weight loss. The main issues that abdominoplasty can address include:

  • Excess skin
  • Loose abdominal muscles
  • Bulging of the abdominal wall

A tummy tuck procedure isn't the most suitable treatment for excess fat. If this is a concern, we can perform liposuction alone or in conjunction with your tummy tuck. Liposuction uses a cannula to suction fat out of the abdominal area, and can further contour the body for patients that have met their weight loss goals.

See How a Tummy Tuck Procedure Works

An abdominoplasty can help tighten abdominal skin and loose muscles to produce a slimmer and smoother appearance.

The Tummy Tuck Treatment Timeline


During your consultation at one of our Champaign, Decatur, or Monticello offices, also serving Peoria, IL, and surrounding areas, Dr. Baker will discuss your medical history and examine the abdominal area to determine if you are a suitable candidate for treatment.


We will administer local and general anesthesia, if needed, to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

Complementary Procedures

If other procedures such as augmentation of the breasts or liposuction are being performed in combination with a tummy tuck, we will incorporate these into your surgical plan.


To begin, we will create a horizontal incision below the bikini line. The size of the incision will depend on the severity of the loose skin. Through the incision, the extra skin is removed and the underlying abdominal muscles are stitched together and tightened to reduce bulging.

Repositioning the Belly Button

If needed, another incision is made so Dr. Baker can reposition the belly button and further improve your post-surgical results.

Completing Surgery

Your tummy tuck incision will be closed, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid away from the surgical site. 

Tummy Tuck Side Effects

The most common side effects of this procedure include discomfort, swelling, bruising, itching, and tightness of the skin. We will prescribe pain medication to reduce discomfort, and patients are advised to rest as much as possible in the days after surgery to reduce the severity of other side effects. Most patients feel much better two weeks after surgery, though it may take two or three months to completely recover.

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The Center for Cosmetic Medicine

Dr. Stuart Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. He has been recognized as a "master injector" by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® products, for excellent patient outcomes. In addition to being a skilled plastic surgeon, he is also an orthopedic hand surgery specialist. His prestigious affiliations include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons — ASPS 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery — ASAPS 
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery — AACS 
  • American Medical Association — AMA 

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