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The abdomen is one of the most common body areas that change as you get older. Weight gain and pregnancy, combined with genetics and lifestyle, can all impact the tone and appearance of your stomach. Both men and women can struggle to reshape and flatten their abdomen. Tummy tuck plastic surgery is a group of procedures that can remove excess skin, fat and tissue from the midsection and tighten the abdomen muscles and skin. Our team at Maia Plastic Surgery offers a variety of tummy tuck options for patients at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.

Dr. Munique Maia is a highly respected plastic surgeon who has built her excellent reputation on providing natural-looking, flattering results for her patients. Fellowship trained and board certified, Dr. Maia has the experience and expertise you want when considering any type of plastic surgery. If your abdomen is flabby and sagging due to loose skin, excess fat and stretched muscles, Dr. Maia can help you find the right tummy tuck plastic surgery to reshape, flatten and tighten your midsection.

Reshape and Tighten Your Midsection

The skin and muscles of the abdomen can stretch during pregnancy or when anyone gains excessive weight. In some cases, the skin and muscles refuse to contract back to their previous state when excess weight is lost. Whether you have birthed children or lost a significant amount of weight, you may need plastic surgery to reshape and tighten your midsection. Some of the procedures we offer at Maia Plastic Surgery include:

You can have a flatter, tighter abdomen again after weight loss or post-pregnancy. To learn more about our tummy tuck plastic surgery options, contact our practice in the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maia.


During surgery, a horizontal incision is made from approximately hip bone to hip bone, and a small incision around the belly button. Total incision length and shape depends on the amount of excess skin. Dr. Maia will then remove excess skin and soft tissue and repair or tighten the abdominal muscles. Tummy Tuck can also be combined with liposuction around the flanks and hips to give you a lean appearance with natural-looking contours. If you have stretch marks and scars from prior surgeries, such as a caesarean section or appendectomy, Dr. Maia may be able to arrange your skin and tissue to eliminate them. Sutures, clips, tape, and/or skin adhesives may be used to secure the incisions together.

First days after a Tummy Tuck:

Tummy tuck is usually an outpatient procedure, and patients go home a few hours after surgery. Because a tummy tuck involves surgery on the abdominal muscles, recovery can take more time than other procedures.

Discomfort and mild pain are to be expected during the first week or so. Light walk around the house is encouraged to maintain healthy circulation.

After and before the procedure, Dr.Maia and our Team will give you detailed instructions for keeping the area clean and well-maintained for proper healing.


Health and fitness levels can determine how quickly you heal. If you have a desk job, you should be able to go back to work in about 10 to 14 days. However, if your job is physically demanding and involves strenuous activities such as lifting, it may take up to six weeks before you are able to go back to work.

All throughout the recovery period, Dr.Maia should be consulted to know what can and can’t be done.

Our office provides close patient’s care 7 days a week throughout the healing process.


Tummy tuck incision will leave a horizontal scar along your lower abdomen. In most cases, the scar can be hidden under the bikini bottom or a pair of underwear. The scar will fade over time.

How to reduce scar’s visibility?

Although scarring is inevitable, there are steps you can take prior and after surgery to minimize scars’ visibility.

  • Select a reputable surgeon with the experience and expertise necessary to perform the procedure.
  • Take good care of yourself: quit smoking, stay active, and ensure your diet is well-balanced – prior and after the surgery. That will reduce the risk of complications.
  • Follow your surgeon’s post-surgical guidelines: you will be advised to apply certain products that can improve the size, color, and texture of your scars. You will be educated on post-surgical care during your initial consultation, and in greater detail, during your pre-op appointment.

Recovery tips:

  • Take time off! Clear off your schedule for the next 2-3 weeks before returning to work.
  • Adjust your sleeping position to avoid putting tension on your stomach. Prop yourself up with pillows or settle into a reclining chair.
  • Go for light walks! Gentle movements are your friend and can speed up your recovery and minimize the complications.
  • Be patient! Tummy tuck results don’t appear overnight. It will take time for swelling to subside.


"I've had a Phenomenal experience with Dr. Munique Maia. I was scheduled for my abdominoplasty quickly after my first consultation. Dr. Maia made me feel more comfortable with my decision to do the procedure. The staff were amazing and I am beyond pleased with the results and I am thankful for her care. Throughout the whole experience I felt safe and benefited from the catering to my needs. My recovery has been great and I'm excited with my new look.I highly recommend Dr. Maia and value her opinion on future needs."
"Dr. Maia is an exceptional doctor who clearly explained the procedures step-by-step. Alana answered my questions as well each time I visited the office. My recovery went as expected. After my abdominoplasty, I was pain free after just a couple of days. The swelling was reduced after just a couple of weeks. I am so eased by the results as I have wanted to do this for myself for over twenty years. I wish I had not waited so long. I would recommend Dr.Maia to any friend or relative who is considering a procedure. I will seek her help if I need a procedure in the future."

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Our Patient Reviews

Maia Plastic Surgery

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 86 reviews

Caroline H.

Dr Maia truly loves what she does. She is invested in making you the version of yourself you want to be. She listens attentively to what you want and makes relevant suggestions. She did not try to introduce anything unnecessary into my treatment plan. The results I achieved during my first treatment keeps me coming back. Her staff is excellent and works to accommodate your schedule. I have recommended Dr. Maia several times and each time I get the same positive feedback.

Karen D.

Selecting a surgeon: After having two children and weight fluctuations over the years I was left with complete loss of volume in my breasts. I had four consultations with other surgeons but after comparing their photos to Dr Maia’s and meeting her in person, I knew she was my doctor. We talked about my lifestyle - being a mom and a professional, I didn’t want to be too big, but I’m curvy so I didn’t want to go too small for my frame either. She let me try on sizes and once I selected she agreed it was a good fit for my frame. Post op recovery: I was a smoker and had quit prior to surgery but she was very honest and adamant in telling me how important it was that I did not smoke. (I honestly needed the lecture and the transparency about what could happen if I did start smoking before surgery and post-op.) Because I was formerly a pretty heavy smoker, it did cause some issues after surgery with wound closing and she was SO diligent and on top of it seeing me once and week and squeezing me in for appointments between surgeries and patients. She prescribed different things to address the would closure issues before they really became a problem. Being able to have text message access to the office was great when I had questions and she even accommodated my schedule when I couldn’t be seen in person to send progress photos so that she could check on me. 3 months post op: I’m so happy with the results of my surgery and am so glad I waited to find the right doctor. She’s an artist! They look natural, fit my body shape and they haven’t even fully “dropped and fluffed” yet. Would highly recommend… comparing her patient photos to other surgeons will end your search. I feel so much better in my body thanks to Dr Maia.

Justine A.

This is my second time at Dr. Maia’s office and I am so pleased with my experience here. The staff is so friendly and caring. Dr. Maia is the best Dr in the DMV area, she knows exactly what she is doing and you will be happy with the results! I am so glad I found her! I recommend anyone who’s looking for a very personable doctor to come and see her! Thank you Dr. Maia & staff!

inhye k.

I’m not sure where to begin when attempting to explain the positive experience I had with Dr. Maia and her team. It was important for me to find a woman doctor and she comes with so much experience, an eye for detail and aesthetically on point! I felt so well taken care of, even after 2 months post op they still make me feel taken care of. Not only am I thrilled about the physical results, I am also blown away by their care and follow through. I follow Dr.Maia in IG and literally obsessed with her work!


Dr. Maia is truly amazing! She is an artist and somewhat of a magician! She takes the time to listen to you and walk you through the procedure every step of the way! I even texted after with questions and she and her team were very responsive! I was extremely impressed with the work she did around my eyes. Several people now tell me my 20 year old daughter looks just like me….I never heard that prior to the procedure!

Taylor H.

I had one of the most pleasant healthcare experiences I’ve ever had in my life! I came in for excessive underarm sweating and Dr. Maia recommended Botox. She carefully explained everything to me, which I really appreciated as it was my first time ever getting Botox treatment. Her medical assistants were very attentive to my additional questions and made me feel very comfortable while prepping for the treatment. Dr. Maia took her time with me, none of the 5-minute appointments you often get with doctors these days. Everyone was very welcoming and the office is bright and clean. Dr. Maia was referred to me by a family meme we and I’m so glad I went to see her. I absolutely recommend Dr. Maia to anyone and I plan to come back for additional future treatments.

Cynthia S.

I had a tummy tuck, lipo, and a prominent osteoma removed from my forehead. Although I was nervous about the procedures, Dr. Maia and her staff put my fears to rest. Even after the surgery, her professional staff called to check on me during my recovery, which helped put me mind at ease. Dr. Maia and her staff were always professional, responsive, and listened when I had concerns. After the procedures, I was back at work two weeks later and could not be happier with my results. I had a great experience and Dr. Maia will be my first call for any other procedures.

Wanda G.

Dr. Maia is great! She is very knowledgeable! I recommend her to anyone looking to do a cosmetic procedure, breast augmentation, facial lift, etc. Look her up on Instagram so you can see the amazing results from some of her patients!!!!

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