Tummy Tuck

Aging, pregnancy, and weight changes can all contribute to excess fat and sagging skin around the midsection.

When diet and exercise won't eliminate these issues, a tummy tuck – or abdominoplasty – can strengthen, tighten, and smooth the abdomen.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Stephanie Peng performs tummy tuck surgery in Minnetonka, MN, to restore your confidence and appearance.

An Important Note on Weight Loss


Dr. Peng wants you to understand that abdominoplasty, like liposuction, is an enhancement procedure and is not intended as a weight loss tool. Patients should be near their goal weight and committed to living a healthy lifestyle. She will perform an in-depth evaluation to determine if a tummy tuck is the right solution for you.

How Does Abdominoplasty Work?

This simplified explanation of abdominoplasty illustrates how the procedure can refine your abdomen.

Thousands Turn to Abdominoplasty to Enhance their Midsections

Schedule a Consultation  with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Are you ready to do something about stretched skin and fat deposits that just don't respond to diet or exercise? A tummy tuck can transform the abdomen following pregnancy, massive weight loss, or just the passing of time. Our Minnetonka plastic surgery office is available to answer any questions you may have about this treatment.

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in cosmetic surgery techniques, including abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, and more. She is proud to serve residents of Minnetonka and Minneapolis, MN, as well as surrounding communities. To request a cosmetic surgery consultation, contact us online anytime or call our office at:

(763) 999-4170

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Dr. Peng established her Minnetonka practice in 2014.

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Financing Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery starts at $7,000 and can cost as much as $15,000. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the cost of abdominoplasty:

What Factors Affect the Cost of Treatment?

The most important factors are the extent of your treatment and the experience of your plastic surgeon. Choosing a board-certified surgeon like Dr. Peng can help you experience the best returns on your investment.

Do You Offer Flexible Financing Options?

Our practice, serving Minnetonka and Minneapolis, MN, works with CareCredit®. This third-party financing option allows you to pay for treatment in affordable, low-interest monthly installments.

Does Insurance Cover Abdominoplasty?

Unfortunately, insurance will not cover a full tummy tuck that is performed for cosmetic reasons. To better understand what insurance may cover, it is important to understand that a tummy tuck is really a combination of three separate procedures. 

The surgery starts with skin removal, then is followed by abdominal muscle repair, and concludes with the precise repositioning of the belly button. While rare, insurance may cover the skin removal if you are suffering from medical problems like rashes or odors caused by the excess skin. However, in no case will the muscle repair and belly button repositioning be covered. 

As our practice has been established for approximately a decade, our skilled staff has vast experience working with all types of insurers that Minneapolis patients have. If possible, we will help you secure insurance coverage.

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The Tummy Tuck Timeline

The length of surgery varies from patient to patient, but Dr. Peng will make sure you know what to expect before your procedure.
The length of surgery varies from patient to patient, but Dr. Peng will make sure you know what to expect before your procedure.


Before beginning your abdominoplasty, you will be given anesthesia for your comfort. In addition to local anesthesia that numbs the treatment area, you will also receive general anesthesia.


Once you are comfortable, a horizontal incision will be made from hip bone to hip bone. Depending on the extent of treatment, a second incision is also created around the navel.

Tissue Removal

Next, your plastic surgeon removes excess fat using liposuction.

Abdominal Muscle Repair

In addition to removing excess fat and skin, your plastic surgeon will tighten and repair the underlying abdominal muscles, which can become separated as a result of pregnancy. This restores the abdominal wall and creates a more toned tummy.

Navel Repositioning

After the abdominal wall is repaired, the belly button may need to be repositioned. Plastic surgeon Stephanie Peng performs this step using refined techniques to achieve natural-looking results.


The remaining tissue is positioned over the abdomen and sutured into place. A surgical dressing will be applied to protect the incision during recovery.

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to Evaluate Your Candidacy

Far too often, Minneapolis patients who are suffering from body-based confidence issues will self-disqualify from plastic surgeries that will boost their self-esteem. Instead of determining candidacy on your own, reach out to Dr. Peng for a thorough tummy tuck candidacy consultation. Call (763) 999-4170 to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions Minneapolis-area patients ask during consultations at our Minnetonka, MN, office. As a plastic surgery provider who prides herself on compassion, Dr. Peng is here to address all your concerns.

When can I have sex?

This question is totally common and nothing to be embarrassed about. Typically, Dr. Peng recommends a tummy tuck patient wait six weeks before resuming sex. This waiting period is recommended because it avoids unnecessary extension and stretching of your abdominal muscles during recovery.

Can I have a baby after surgery?

You can have a baby after a tummy tuck, however, this is not advised. The pregnancy will stretch out your skin, re-expand your repaired abdominal muscles, and widen your scar. It is best to ensure you are done with childbearing before you receive this surgery.

Is a tummy tuck dangerous?

Every surgery carries some level of risk. Thankfully, a tummy tuck is considered a low-risk procedure especially when it is carried out by a board-certified surgeon like our Minnetonka-based Dr. Peng.

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Dr. Peng Can Perform a Mini Tummy Tuck

Some patients don't require a full tummy tuck to achieve their desired goals. If you are solely concerned with mild to moderate amounts of excess fat and skin in your abdomen below the navel, Dr. Peng may be able to address all your cosmetic concerns with a mini tummy tuck, which is a more targeted and less invasive option than the traditional surgery.

She can also augment the results of your full or mini tummy tuck with a variety of other procedures. Liposuction of the flanks, hips, or outer thighs is commonly combined with a tummy tuck, as is an arm lift and various breast procedures.

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who closely partners with every patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. She is affiliated with various national organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Peng provides patients with life-changing surgical care and transformative results. To request a consultation with our doctors, contact our Minnetonka office online or call us at (763) 999-4170.

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