Tummy Tuck Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Phoenix AZ

Adbominoplasty in Scottsdale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Surrounding Arizona

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that helps both men and women achieve a firmer, well-toned belly. Tummy tuck cosmetic procedures are especially popular with new mothers and women who have lost a significant amount of weight and thus have excessive/wrinkled belly skin. Dr. LaBarbera helps patients in Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and other Arizona areas attain a more toned abdominal profile.

The most common reasons why patients require a tummy tuck include:

  •  Deterioration of skin elasticity as a result of aging
  •  Heredity conditions
  •  Pregnancy
  •  Major fluctuations in weight gain or loss

Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs abdominoplasty to help patients feel confident about themselves. When searching for the best option for tummy tuck Scottsdale can provide, we encourage our patients to do their research by viewing our tummy tuck before and after gallery on our website and on insagram. This procedure may also benefit women who are unable to wear some outfits because they are conscious about a sagging belly. 


Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck 

You may qualify for a tummy tuck if:

  • You are in relatively great shape but are bothered by belly fat or abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise.
  • You have stretched your abdominal muscles and skin through multiple pregnancies
  • You want a younger and firmer looking stomach
  • You have stomach skin that is sagging as a result of rapid weight loss or muscle loss
  • You are irritated by the appearance of your stomach

Tummy tuck procedures are also commonly used to improve loss of skin elasticity, which frequently occurs with weight gain or loss. Use your consultation visit with Dr. Jude LaBarbera to ask all the important questions before you settle to move forward with the procedure.  


dr.Jude LaBarbera’s surgical approach 

As one of the highly skilled tummy tuck cosmetic surgeons in Arizona, Dr. Jude LaBarbera offers various surgical options to his patients. 

Full Tummy Tuck 

This is usually the best option for a tummy tuck Phoenix patients tend to inquire. who want to flatten their abdomen above and below the belly button. The surgeon makes a horizontal incision between the hips, and around the belly button. The next step is to remove excess skin and tissue, then pull the remaining abdominal muscle and skin tightly over the belly. The surgeon will then reposition the belly button and close incisions with sutures.

Full tummy tucks may be the best option for healthy men and women who have extra-large midsection skin, or weakened abdominal muscles. A full tummy tuck procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and most patients need to prepare for a recovery time of 2 – 4 weeks before resumption of normal activities.

Mini Tummy Tuck Scottsdale

A mini tummy tuck is less invasive than a full tummy tuck. You may qualify for a mini tummy tuck if you are a patient who wishes to address the abdominal area below the belly button. Many slender patients with a “belly pooch” (small lower abdomen bulge) qualify for a mini tummy tuck. The surgeon will create a small horizontal incision below the belly button, then extract excessive skin before tightening abdominal muscles and closing the incision. For a mini tummy tuck Scottsdale patients can expect it to be less invasive, thus repositioning of the belly button is not needed. Mini tummy tucks are usually performed under general anesthesia and patients typically just require 1 week in recovery before they can resume normal activities.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Also referred to as a circumferential lower body lift, this is the most invasive of all abdominoplasty procedures. This procedure will target the full abdomen, as well as the hips and lower back, and is generally a great option for individuals with overall good health who wish to totally reshape the upper body. Your Gilbert tummy tuck surgeon will create a horizontal incision stretching across the lower abdomen, and a vertical incision going through the belly button. Surplus tissues will be removed, and the remaining abdominal muscles tightened. The surgeon will then use liposuction to get rid of excess fat in the lower back and hip regions. The final step is to reposition the belly button and then close the incision. Patients usually need 3-4 weeks in recovery before they can resume normal activities after an extended tummy tuck. When researching the best options for tummy tuck Gilbert AZ can provide, we encourage our patients to view our tummy tuck before and after pictures gallery on our website.





The LaBarbera clinic is a full-service plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery practice offering a broad range of procedures to enhance your natural beauty and take your confidence to the next level. We go the extra mile to make each patient comfortable and our surgical team works together to achieve results as dramatic or as subtle as you desire. Dr. Jude LaBarbera takes great pride sharing in each patient’s vision and working diligently to help each one of them feel more attractive, confident, and vivacious than ever before. If you are wondering whether plastic surgery with Dr. Jude LaBarbera can help reach your goals, see our before and after photos from patients who are already living with their results.

After surgery

tummy tuck is an outpatient cosmetic procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. In some cases (depending on the complexity of the treatment) overnight stay may be required. Like any other surgery, tummy tucks come with various risks. That’s why it’s very important for patients to comprehensively discuss the procedure with the best tummy tuck surgeon in AZ of their choice. During your in-person consultation, Dr. LaBarbera will ask questions about your medical history. This helps set the path for a smooth operation, with minimal risk of complications.

Patients need to rest within the first 48 hours after the surgery. The surgeon will provide pain medications to resolve any discomfort during the first few days post-surgery. A compression garment will also be provided to offer extra protection. After the first two days, (48 hours) patients are encouraged to move around in order to ensure proper blood circulation and reduce the risk of complications such as blood clotting. Full recovery after an abdominoplasty may require up to 6 weeks. 

How much does a tummy tuck cost in AZ?

The cost of a tummy tuck will vary from one patient to the other – depending on factors such as the technique used. The average  tummy tuck cost in Scottsdale AZ is between $7,000 and $12,500 in AZ. This does not include any household items or help the patient may need for comfort after the surgery. Typically, insurance does not cover the cost of abdominoplasty because it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs tummy tuck surgery in Phoenix, Mesa, or Gilber with supported by a team of highly professional and licensed staff. 


“Dr. LaBarbera went over any beyond what I ever could have expected. He performed the Fleur De Lis Tummy Tuck on me and not only was his work impeccable, but also his professionalism and bedside manner.” – H.H.


“I have wanted to have a tummy tuck for years! After an exhaustive search I choose Dr. LaBarbera to do my surgery. Since I was 2 hours from the clinic I choose to do a virtual consultation. It was so convenient and easy to do!  – T.C.


“I was his last surgery in Alabama before moving to Arizona and I promise if I decide to have any other surgeries I will be on a plane to Arizona for him to do my surgery.  – A.P.

Tummy tuck FAQs

Liposuction or tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty helps correct stretched or loose lower abdomen, while a liposuction removes excessive abdominal fat for people with a healthy skin tone. During your initial consultation in Scottsdale, Mesa AZ, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Phoenix, Gilbert AZ, and surrounding Arizona with Dr. LaBarbera, he will conduct a thorough assessment and determine whether you’d best be served by a liposuction or a tummy tuck.

How bad is the scarring?

Since incisions are required, scars are inevitable after tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Jude LaBarbera uses his immense experience to minimize scarring. In some cases, incisions will be placed in areas that can be concealed by undergarments. Dr. LaBarbera also encourages patients to practice his post-surgery scar treatment plan that can help make scars less visible.

How long does a mini tummy tuck take to heal?

It takes on average of two weeks to heal from a mini tummy tuck. Depending on the patients core abdominal strength prior to surgery and natural ability to heal if could take more or less time. Patients are advived not to smoke before the procedure and during the recovery phase.

How much does a tummy tuck cost in scottsdale?

The cost of a tummy tuck in Scottsdale AZ is $7,000 – $12,500. Patients have the option to pay for it up front on in payments via Carecredit or Credit Card. The variation in cost will depend on the variation of the tummy tuck AZ surgeons have to offer in the area of abdominoplasty

It takes on average of two weeks to heal from a mini tummy tuck. Depending on the patients core abdominal strength prior to surgery and natural ability to heal if could take more or less time. Patients are advived not to smoke before the procedure and during the recovery phase.