A Tummy Tuck is a surgical procedure that tightens excess skin in the stomach area. Sometimes called abdominoplasty, a Tummy Tuck can be highly beneficial for patients who’ve lost a lot of weight, just had a baby, or simply have more skin than they want around their abdomen. The main function of a Tummy Tuck isn’t weight loss, but it’s often a side effect of the procedure.
How does Tummy Tuck work?
Patients undergoing a Tummy Tuck are placed under general anesthesia to eliminate any discomfort during the procedure. The plastic surgeon will then remove excess fat and tissue that has gathered around the stomach. The abdominal muscles are then surgically tightened to give the midsection a leaner, more attractive look. Finally, the skin is re-fitted over the stomach and stitched closed.
There are three different levels of Tummy Tucks. A Mini Tummy Tuck tightens only the lower abdominal area. A Standard Tummy Tuck tightens the entire abdominal area, and an Extended Tummy Tuck improves not only the entire abdominal area, but also the flanks on the sides and lower back.
Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
An ideal Tummy Tuck candidate is a person who has a lot of excess skin in their abdominal area that is unresponsive to diet and exercise. It’s important that excess skin isn’t confused with fat, which is better suited to liposuction. Patients should also be in good overall health and ready to take care of their health during the recovery period.
How much does a Tummy Tuck cost?
The average cost of a Tummy Tuck is about $5,250. However, you can find Tummy Tucks for as low as $4,500 and as much as $6,000. Variables that tend to effect Tummy Tuck prices include geographical location, the type of Tummy Tuck performed, and the doctor’s individual rates.
How long does a Tummy Tuck take?
Tummy Tuck surgery can take 2-5 hours, depending on the extent of surgery. An Extreme Tummy Tuck will take longer than a Mini Tummy Tuck.
How long does a Tummy Tuck last?
A Tummy Tuck has the potential to last forever. Once the skin has been removed, it won’t grow or stretch back. Of course, the results of a tummy tuck are subject to weight gain and aging.
What is the recovery time for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy Tuck surgery is invasive: it can involve removing large amounts of tissue and tightening the core muscles of the body. After a Tummy Tuck, patients will be bedridden for about three days. They will be able to return to non-strenuous activity in 2-4 weeks, and within two months they can expect a full recovery.
Are there any side effects to Tummy a Tuck?
Tummy Tuck side effects include painful swelling and bruising for up to a couple of months after the surgery.
Does insurance cover a Tummy Tuck?
In most cases, Tummy Tucks are considered a cosmetic procedure and are not covered by insurance. Some patients undergo Tummy Tuck surgery following gastric bypass, in which case it may be considered a medical necessity and partially covered by insurance
What other plastic surgery treatments can be combined with a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy Tuck can be combined with liposuction, Mesotherapy, breast implants, and more.
What are some other terms for a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy Tuck is also known as an Abdominoplasty or an Abdominal Lipectomy.