Tummy Tuck

Excellence in Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)


Cost: $8,000-$15,500
Recovery: 5-7 days
Anesthesia: General

Look I Have

Abdominal Appearance:  Determine the look you have now and what you want to achieve from surgery


Upper/Lower Abdomen
Belly Button
Pubic Area

Surgical Options

Technique: Mini, Standard, Extended, Circumferential
Incision Placement: How low
Additional Procedures: Pubic lift, liposuction

Surgical Timeline

Outline of the surgical timeline including information at every stage of the healing process

Before & After Photos

See a large gallery of tummy tuck before/after photos

Patient Testimonials

Read what actual patients say about their tummy tuck experience


Do I need liposuction?
Will my scar show in low cut pants?
What are the risks?

Tummy Tuck Overview


A tummy tuck - also known as abdominoplasty — is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper and/or lower abdomen. During a tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. In most cases, the underlying muscles of the abdomen are tightened as well.


As a result of pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, the abdomen can lose its youthful appearance due to skin laxity, excess fat, loss of shape, and stretch marks.

It is important that you have a clear idea of what you want changed when you schedule your consultation. The most difficult question for a plastic surgeon to answer is: What do you think I need done

Common complaints:

  • Loose skin
  • Excess fat
  • Stretch marks (especially below the belly button)
  • Abdominal 'pooch' below the navel
  • Lack of a waist line
  • Droopy buttocks
  • Disproportionately large waist compared to buttocks and/or breasts

Before and After Tummy Tuck Photos

Surgery Information

Anesthesia: General

Facility: Accredited outpatient surgical facility

Recovery: Back to work 2 weeks, approx. 4-6 weeks if job is strenuous or requires physical activity

Cost: Ranges from $8,000 - $15,000 depending on the type of tummy tuck needed. Price will increase if combined with another procedure such as breast lift or breast augmentation.

Cruise Plastic Surgery accepts the following forms of payment:

Tummy Tuck Overview

Dr. Joseph T. Cruise, board certified Newport Beach plastic surgeon, is a tummy tuck specialist who has performed hundreds of various types of tummy tucks over the years. As one of the most technically challenging cosmetic procedures, tummy tuck surgery requires a great deal of knowledge, skill and expertise to achieve an optimal result.  Educating yourself is the key to selecting the best plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck. Take a look through this section to learn about Dr. Cruise's abdominoplasty philosophy and the types of tummy tucks he performs. We also encourage you to view his extensive tummy tuck before and after gallery so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not  tummy tuck is right for you.

The medical procedure abdominoplasty is commonly known as a “tummy tuck.” This procedure effectively creates a tight, flat abdomen and is one of the most popular surgeries patients request.

An abdominoplasty removes excess abdominal skin and fat using an incision just above the pubic bone. Depending on the type of tummy tuck, the incision can be as short or longer than a C-section incision. Orange County plastic surgeon, Dr. Cruise has developed a precise surgical technique in his over ten years’ experience, which minimizes and hides tummy tuck scars.

Patients who have gone through pregnancy or extreme weight loss or often frustrated with loose hanging skin, poor body shape, and stubborn excess fat. They usually find that diet and exercise cannot correct the problem to their satisfaction, and choose cosmetic surgery options such as liposuction and a tummy tuck to get the results they want.Dr. Cruise consults with each patient individually in his Orange County office to discuss the changes they desire from their cosmetic surgery. This consultation also includes a physical exam to asses the patient’s skin, fat, and body-type so that Dr. Cruise can provide his recommendations for liposuction or abdominoplasty. Your goals and your satisfaction are most important, and Dr. Cruise can only know what you need after meeting with you personally.


The Look You Have

Tummy Tuck 360° View

Take a look at the graphics below and select the abdomen that is most similar to yours. To rotate images, place your mouse on any image and drag.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Standard Tummy Tuck


          Extended Tummy Tuck

          Circumferential Tummy Tuck


                  Two Stage


                    Get The Body You Deserve


                    Surgical Options

                    Dr. Cruise will work with you to determine the best surgical plan to obtain your desired result. He will take into consideration the "Look You Have" and the  "Look You Want."

                    Read about Dr. Cruise's Tummy Tuck Philosophy

                    Read about the Consultation & Physical Exam

                    Four Types of Tummy Tucks

                    Each body, each person’s concerns and desired outcomes, is different. As a tummy tuck specialist, Dr. Joseph Cruise understands the importance of customizing each person’s procedure to meet their unique situation, which is why he offers four types of tummy tuck:

                    Tummy tuck procedures will effectively remove unwanted excess abdominal skin and fat, as well as significantly improve any remaining stretch marks. The right type of tummy tuck for your body can dramatically alter your shape and silhouette.

                    Tummy Tuck Benefits:

                    • More clothing options
                    • Feel more comfortable in your clothing
                    • Improved confidence
                    • Improved intimacy
                    • Physical activity easier
                    • Motivated to live a healthier lifestyle


                    No matter which procedure is right for you, you should be aware that any abdominoplasty procedure will leave a scar that extends across the lower abdomen, near the public bone. Dr. Cruise’s incision scars are minimized by years of careful training and practice, and therefore are easily hidden.

                    Surgical & Recovery Timeline

                    Recovery Timeline - Understanding what to expect during recovery as well as how long it will take you to be fully healed, is key when deciding when to having your surgery.

                    Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos

                    Patient Testimonials 

                    When considering rhinoplasty it can be very helpful to hear from others who have already recovered from surgery. Real Self, the number one online resource for learning about elective cosmetic procedures, is a great resource. You can even talk to others to get answers to your questions, receive emotional support, as well as get tips and advice.

                    Dr. Cruise and his staff are indescribably amazing. Dr. Cruise is a master craftsman of cosmetic surgery, simply unparalleled. His staff is also very knowledgeable, caring, nurturing, patient, available, lovely, accommodating, etc. In short, they perfectly complement Dr. Cruise's ability and his quality work.

                    I have had 2 surgeries with Dr. Cruise: gynecomastia surgery in June 2012, then a circumferential body lift in December 2013. Words cannot describe how far Dr. Cruise has exceeded my expectations. I am, literally, a new man today. I am confident, bold, outgoing, friendly, optimistic, charismatic, etc., all as a direct result of the transformation that I underwent at Dr. Cruise's office.

                    My life is so much more fulfilling and meaningful now. I eat healthier, exercise on a regular basis and work as hard as I can to take care of and improve my new body. I feel as if Dr. Cruise has given me a fresh start on life and a chance to live to the fullest.

                    Attached is a before/after picture showing the transformation. I can't even describe how good I feel now and how many compliments I get everywhere I go. I take off my shirt WHENEVER possible. Sorry, a bit vain, I know, but I can't help it. I left my shirt on trying to hide my body for many years. Now it's time to make up for all that! ????

                    Dr. Cruise is focused on quality rather than quantity and will not agree to a surgery if he isn't 100% confident he can meet (and often exceed) your expectations. You will get personal 1 on 1 treatment and Dr. Cruise will cater to you specifically. He is also extremely personable. Be honest and open, as he will do the same.

                    Take a chance on Dr. Cruise if a cosmetic procedure is what you seek. I promise you will not be disappointed! Invest in yourself. Life is too short not to be as happy with yourself as possible. Don't let anyone talk you out of or into this. Do this for yourself!

                    Erik, 32
                    Gynecomastia and Tummy Tuck

                    I'm a 41 years old female and had a Circumferential Tummy Tuck surgery with Dr. Cruise 5 weeks ago and the results look amazing! I had a lot of loose skin around the stomach due to my 2 pregnancies and now it is all gone and flat! He is truly an artist of his work and gives a fantastic natural look! His staff is very knowledgeable of the procedure and extremely caring. I've wanted to do this for 15 years now and finally had this done with Dr. Cruise. My new bellybutton looks natural and very nicely made. I have healed very well with almost no pain at all. If you're looking for a cosmetic surgery definitely go with Dr. Cruise. I can't thank you enough Dr. Cruise for bringing this amount of happiness back into my life. 

                    Negar, 41
                    Circumferential Tummy Tuck

                    I felt so unattractive that I would not take family photos, attend parties with my husband, or plan family vacations. This all changed when a friend gave me Dr. Cruise’s number and encouraged me to go on one last consultation. When I met Dr. Cruise and his staff they were warm, welcoming, and made me feel at ease. But what really sold me was the way he explained the breast augmentation procedure. It was different than the way the other surgeons I consulted, preformed this procedures. I felt very comfortable with the time he took to answer all my questions regarding my fear of post surgery pain. I had heard the pain was horrible from a friend who had a small tummy tuck with another doctor. Dr. Cruise assured me that I would not be in pain. He was right as I do not tolerate pain well.

                    I can not thank you enough for the life changing mommy make over. You are truly an amazing surgeon with an artistic gift. I am in awe every time I look in the mirror. Dr Cruise, you transformed this frumpy 48 year old woman into one smoking hot lady; at least according to my husband. I still cannot believe the miracle you preformed on my breasts with the lift and implants they are beautiful and let’s not forget the extended tummy tuck. I now can wear things I have not been able to for 20 years. So thank you again, and a special thanks to Jessica and Jennifer for their support and caring. You two are truly beautiful young ladies. Dr. Cruise is very lucky to have you both working for him. 

                    Heather, 48
                    Mommy Makeover (Secondary Breast Lift with Implant Exchange & Circumferential Body Lift)

                    I was always a confident woman... Being a formal model and working in television and production, I’m inspired to keep an active, healthy lifestyle. Though I never thought about letting myself go, having children definitely took a significant toll on my figure. When you are single, you spend a lot of time focusing on yourself, your appearance, your body. Having children changes that focus, and although I am fortunate to have a great supportive husband and four beautiful boys to keep me busy; I wanted to feel the way I did about my body 10 years ago. So this year, my husband chose to help me get my former model body back.

                    It has been 10 months since the surgery, and I can honestly say I look better now than I did 10 years ago. Its funny how memory fades.. time goes by and you forget what it felt like pre nursing days. It may seem vain, striving to have the body you want, but how you look reflects how you feel. You project more confidence to other people when you are confident in your own skin.

                    My husband is ecstatic with the results as well. He compliments me more now than ever, and says I look even better after having our four boys than I did before. Even my boys notice... they say “MOM’S HOT”! This experience has been life changing; though I must say, you can’t do this for someone else you have to do it for yourself. My advice to any woman going through the procedure to choose a surgeon who will produce the most natural 

                    Sally, 38, mother of four
                    Mommy Makeover 
                    (Secondary Breast Lift with Implant Exchange & Circumferential Body Lift)

                    Some people view Cosmetic Surgery as a means to an end. For me, it was just the beginning. Having my Mommy Makeover was the best thing I have ever done for myself. After gaining 80 pounds with both pregnancies, my breasts were deflated and my stomach stretched beyond the point of bringing it back with sit ups. I went to see other surgeons, but they either were cold or just seemed like they wanted money. My experience with Dr. Cruise and his staff was wonderful. They treated me like family and were always available when I needed them. The surgical experience was not nearly as painful or hard as I had imagined it would be and the results were exactly what I had hoped for.

                    Having the surgery was a launch pad for my health, I started eating better and working out and actually lost 80 pounds after the surgery. My whole family has now benefited from the positive changes I made since having my Mommy Makeover. We are all running as a family and the healthiest we have ever been. I actually look better now than I did on my wedding day!

                    Stacey, 40
                    Breast Lift Augmentation, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction