Tummy Tuck FAQs
What is the tummy tuck price/cost?
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) discloses that the 2007 national average price of tummy tuck was $5,350; this figure represents surgeon/physician fees only. Not included in this tummy tuck cost are surgical facility fees, anesthesia, location where the procedure is being performed, surgeon popularity, and many other factors.
How do I prepare for my tummy tuck procedure and recovery period?
To prepare for tummy tuck surgery, a plastic surgeon will ask that you refrain from smoking at least two weeks before your procedure, stop taking many medications, and undergo lab testing to ensure that you are in good health to undergo this procedure. For the recovery, a doctor will suggest that you have someone who can drive you to and from the procedure, and will provide you with assistance during the first few days.
What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures?
There is the traditional tummy tuck surgery, as well as the mini tummy tuck procedure. The type of abdominoplasty that is appropriate for a patient depends on the amount of sagging skin that is removed, the degree of tightening that is required for the stomach muscles, and exactly where on the stomach the excess skin sits.
What is a mini tummy tuck, and when is it better than a regular tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is best suited for patients who require only a minimal amount of abdominal muscle tightening and loose skin removal below the belly button. Because less surgical work is being done, the scar is smaller than that of a traditional tummy tuck.
How long is tummy tuck recovery?
Light activities may be resumed a few days after tummy tuck surgery. Full results may not be experienced for up to several weeks; recovery period may vary by patient.
Does a tummy tuck leave scars?
Yes. The scar resulting from tummy tuck surgery usually runs from hip to hip. However, the incision is made low on the stomach and is easily coved by undergarments and bikini bottoms. Also, the scar will fade over time.
What are the tummy tuck complications/risks?
The tummy tuck risks and side effects may include temporary bruising and swelling, numbness, blood clots, infection, visible scarring, and skin loss. Complications are rare, and unlikely to be experienced if a qualified tummy tuck surgeon performs the procedure.
Is pregnancy after a tummy tuck safe?
Pregnancy following tummy tuck surgery isn't dangerous, but it is likely to undo the repairs that the abdominoplasty made. The stomach muscles can once again stretch out, resulting in a similar state that the patient was in prior to surgery.
Does a male tummy tuck differ from a female tummy tuck?
Slightly. While the steps are similar, men are looking for a more chiseled, masculine stomach and women may seek a flatter abdomen due to weight fluctuation, multiple pregnancies, and childbirth.
Are tummy tuck results permanent?
If a patient follows their surgeon's post-operative instructions, including maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, results can be long-lasting. It is important for women to avoid pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery in order to prevent the results from being undone.