Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “Tummy Tuck,” is major surgery. The procedure is intended to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles. Performed correctly the procedure will noticeably reduce the presence of a bulging tummy. The downside, a tummy tuck will leave a permanent scar, and an additional procedure is usually necessary to correct it.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
If you have been thinking about a tummy tuck, the following is a brief primer that will give you a fundamental understanding of the technique — when it’s right for you — how it’s performed — and the outcome you should anticipate. This primer won’t give you all the answers because a lot it is predicated upon you, as well as your surgeon.
Many women look to a tummy tuck after experiencing significant weight loss, or after giving birth, and even after experiencing abdominal laxity that comes with aging. It’s not an uncommon procedure at all, but one should be aware of all that’s involved. Conceivably liposuction may be all that is necessary for you to realize your desired result. There are a variety of techniques as it is not a one-size fits proposition.
The focus this primer is to assist you in achieving a smaller and firmer tummy, and to be a resource to you throughout the entire process. Providing you with the evidence you need to make an intelligent decision, and the knowledge to identify surgeons with the ability to give you a flatter tummy.
The tummy tuck is a procedure that has been thoroughly researched to provide you with the factual information you need to make the decision that is right for you. Your surgeon must thoroughly explain risk involved with this procedure, and how those risks will be mitigated so you can be confident in a successful outcome.
What Are The Risks?
Even though abdominoplasty is major surgery, this procedure needn’t be a frightening experience. It will be possible for you to fully understand what you need to know, and expect from this procedure — that you may be a proactive participant in the process. Contained in the following paragraphs you will find out why so many around the world successfully undergo this procedure everyday.
Tummy tuck surgery is a permanent procedure, so it’s recommended to wait until you are finishing having children, or have lost all your weight because significant fluctuations in weight may require additional surgery.
There are a variety of possible complications and risks that must be addressed when contemplating cosmetic surgery; a tummy tuck is no different. Though uncommon, a tummy tuck can cause blood clots and infection. Normally, clots can be avoided by starting to walk as quickly as possible after the surgery, while most infections can be treated with simple antibiotics. There is the possibility the incision may heal inadequately, and therefore, excessive scarring may manifest, which may require additional surgery to correct.
Smokers must beware, as smoking can escalate the possibility for complications to set in. Therefore, patients contemplating abdominoplasty MUST stop smoking for a month before and after the procedure. The tactic for minimizing potential complications from an abdominoplasty is to strictly follow the guidelines set forth by your surgeon before and after the operation.
What Are The Options For My Tummy Tuck?
Cosmetic surgeons are trained in a full range of abdominoplasty procedures to provide patients with the desired result, with minimal of scarring and time off work. Depending on the volume of skin to be removed, and extent of muscle to be repaired, the surgeon must clearly explain your options to identify the best procedure for you.
The most common procedure performed is the high lateral tension abdominoplasty. Unlike a standard tummy tuck procedure, which tightens the abdomen between the pubic area and belly button, a high lateral tension abdominoplasty focuses on the obliques as well by pulling in the abdomen like a girdle for a firmer and more contoured look. A majority of patients’ feel this technique provides the best outcome.
Normally, a tummy tuck will take from two to four hours to complete. However, another modified procedure you may select is the “Mini Tummy Tuck,” this procedure takes less time than a “full-blown” tummy tuck. To provide the best possible result, surgeons may perform liposuction as well. You will be marked with a surgical marker before sedation, while still on your feet. This allows the surgeon see how your skin and fat hangs, determines the points of incision, and other reference points.
So What Will This Procedure Cost Me?
The cost of an abdominoplasty will vary depending upon the technique that you and your surgeon agree upon because different techniques require different time in surgery. Other factors involved with abdominoplasty costs are the amount, if any, of liposuction necessary to get the desired results. The goal must be to provide the best result at an affordable price. The cost of abdominoplasty quoted at your consultation must include all surgical costs, and fees for the physician, and anesthesiologist. The other fees that must be considered will include the cost of the abdominoplasty garment required for post-surgical wear, as well as the cost for Arnica and Bromelin to reduce swelling and bruising, along with the required lab fees. However, as a point of reference, the bottom of the scale will be in the neighborhood of $4,000 for a standard abdominoplasty procedure with the caveat that the appropriate procedure for you may be more involved, and therefore, more expensive. In actuality, these questions can only be answered after a comprehensive exam, and consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.