Tummy Tuck (Abdominalplasty)

If you’ve had a baby, you know how much pregnancy can change your body.

 

While it’s possible to lose the “baby weight” through diet and exercise, lifestyle changes can’t tighten loose skin, so that’s where Dr. D can help.

 

Dr. D can help you get your pre-baby body back!

Tummy Tuck

Answers to common questions about Tummy Tuck:

What is a tummy tuck?


Dr. D performs several types of tummy tucks. For patients with a minimal amount of excess weight and skin, a mini tummy tuck may be appropriate. “Mini” refers to the amount of skin that will be removed. A regular tummy tuck is ideal for patients with a larger amount of skin excision and tightening of the abdominal muscle. Most of the time, this procedure involves the relocation of the belly button or belly button reconstruction.




What happens at my initial consultation?


Dr. D will discuss your goals, as well as the degree of weakness of your abdominal wall muscles, excess skin, and subcutaneous fat around the abdominal wall. She will also discuss the type of tummy tuck that is ideal for you and what kind of results you can expect.




What are the types of tummy tucks?


Dr. D performs three types of tummy tucks. For patients with a minimal amount of excess weight and skin, a mini tummy tuck may be appropriate. “Mini” refers to the amount of skin that will be removed. A regular tummy tuck is ideal for patients with a larger amount of skin excision. Most of the time, this procedure involves relocation of the belly button or belly button reconstruction.




What is the difference between tummy tuck and liposuction?


Where a tummy tuck reconstructs the muscles underneath and removes excess skin, liposuction only removes excess fat. Liposuction will not remove or reduce loose, hanging, or excess skin.




How do you repair the muscles of the abdomen?


During a tummy tuck, Dr. D uses absorbable stitches to tighten the abdominal muscles. These stitches are dissolve over time (they are located inside your muscles and are not visible.)




Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?


In general, good candidates for a tummy tuck want to improve the contour of their stomach, are in overall good health, and have realistic expectations.




How long does a tummy tuck take?


On the day of your procedure, you should plan to be at the surgery center for at least 3 ½ hours. The surgery itself takes approximately 2 1/2 hours in surgery and the remaining time will be spent administering anesthesia and preparing you to go home.




What kind of anesthesia will be used?


For your comfort and safety, general anesthesia is used in a hospital with a board-certified anesthesiologist monitoring you throughout your surgery.




What should I expect after a tummy tuck? What is recovery like?


After your tummy tuck, you should plan to take 1 month off of work because you will be required to limit your physical activity and stay bent at the waistline for 1 month. After 1 month, you should be able to stand up straight and return to work. You will have a draining tube for one week and wear a compression garment for 6 weeks following your surgery.




What kind of scars will I have?


Tummy tucks leave a scar approximately 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) long. The scar will be low on the abdomen and can be easily covered in panty lines. The scar fades over time and patients gladly accept it as the price to pay for a flat tummy.




How many post-op appointments will I have?


You will have several post-op appointments after surgery so Dr. D can monitor your healing. If you need to see Dr. D at any time between those regularly-scheduled appointments, please call us.




How much does a tummy tuck cost?


The cost depends on the type of tummy tuck, but most cost between $7,000 and $12,000, depending on the complexity of the procedure.




What are your payment terms?


We require a payment of 25% of the total cost up front to secure your surgery date. The remaining balance must be paid in full no later than two weeks before the surgery takes place. While most cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance, we offer a cash discount and accept Care Credit and all major credit cards.




What is included in the cost of the procedure?


The cost of your tummy tuck includes all pre-op and post-op appointments, anesthesia, the surgery and surgical materials, as well as any post-op compression garments. Prescription pain medication is not covered.





 
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