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As time passes, the abdomen can begin to bulge, and may not return to a firm, athletic look of youth, no matter how much you diet or exercise. If you are one of the many people who is tired of seeing a bulging, loose, sagging tummy zone, a tummy tuck may be the right procedure for you. The most common causes of a loose, bulging, or flabby abdomen can include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

Our Peoria, IL tummy tuck is beneficial for many body types and people. If you have lost a significant amount of weight and now have excess skin, or you have separated abdominal muscles after pregnancy, then a tummy tuck can assist you in correcting those issues. Some of the many benefits include:

  • Abdominal tightening
  • Reduced excess skin and stretch marks
  • Flatter, firmer looking abdomen
  • Slimmer waist

What a Tummy Tuck Won’t Do

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, or a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. Although the results of a tummy tuck are long-lasting, to maintain results requires staying at a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. If you are planning a future pregnancy it is advised that you postpone a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although those on the lower abdomen are often removed or improved in the surgery.

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

During a consultation with our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rashid, you will be walked through the initial process of surgery and medical assessment will be performed. Dr. Rashid will answer all of your questions regarding your Peoria, IL tummy tuck and your candidacy, and planning for your procedure.

In general, you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You are within 20 to 30 pounds of your ideal weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are bothered by the appearance of a bulging or flabby abdomen

What Should I Expect During Recovery?

During your tummy tuck recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

Plan to take a week or two off work to recover after surgery, depending on how physically demanding your work is. Lifting anything more than five pounds or strenuous exercise is not allowed for up to six weeks as any strain may compromise the healing of the surgical incisions.

Peoria IL Tummy Tuck

Why Should I Choose Dr. Rashid?

Dr. Rashid is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience.

He and his team will welcome you and guide you through the process of making your cosmetic goals a reality. Come in for a consultation with Dr. Rashid at our private, luxury plastic surgery clinic in Peoria. Dr. Rashid will answer all of your questions regarding tummy tuck surgery and evaluate your current condition to advise you how the procedure could work for you.

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The health and safety of our patients and staff remain our top priority. As recommendations evolve during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, we continue to evolve. We are using CDC recommendations to best serve our patients, protect our staff and families, and do our part to prevent transmission and slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus.

As an essential service, Rashid Putman Plastic Surgery is open during normal business hours for medical procedures. Our surgeons are using guidelines from the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Plastic Surgeons for the delivery of clinical care.

Spa services including waxing, facials, lash lift and tint, microdermabrasion, and massage remain on hold through May 31st. Our office staff will be reaching out to reschedule these appointments.


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  • All patients must wear a face covering when entering the building beginning May 1st in accordance with The Stay at Home Executive Order
  • All patients must complete a COVID-19 Screen to enter the building on the date of their appointment prior to their appointment time
  • If a patient is symptomatic per the COVID-19 screen, his/her appointment will be rescheduled
  • Fees and penalties will be waived for cancelled appointments
  • NO visitors are allowed in the building with patients
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  • Alternative option to our waiting room:
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    • Patients will be notified when their disinfected exam room is ready for direct entry
  • We are disinfecting all areas of our office multiple times a day
  • Patients must remain six feet apart and maintain social distancing
  • Surgeons and staff will not be shaking hands and hallway doors have been propped open
  • We are screening all staff prior to entry into the office and mandated to stay home if ill
  • Some of our amenities in the waiting room will not be operational in order to minimize contact
  • Hand sanitizer and/or soap and water are readily available
  • As always, we remain complaint with all federal and state requirements


Dates of closure could be extended and additional changes implemented as we continue to make safety our first priority. Please call 309-670-0700 with questions and check our social media and website frequently to stay up to date.

Sincerely, Drs Khurram Rashid and Harrison Putman III

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