A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a common and highly beneficial procedure for many people. Here are answers to some basic questions regarding this procedure:
What is an abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, plus to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. There is also a less complex procedure called a partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck that can be performed if your fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel.
What does the price of abdominoplasty surgery include?
The price quoted for surgery will include a doctor’s fee, anesthesia, surgical suite and follow-up care as well as any surgical garments that may be needed. Post-operative prescriptions are not included and generally run $175 without health insurance.
How do I know if I need an abdominoplasty?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose skin that will not respond to diet and exercise. Patients who intend to lose a significant amount of weight should postpone the surgery, as should a woman who is planning future pregnancies. Some patients may benefit from an abdominoplasty done in conjunction with limited liposuction of the hips to create a better body contour, though in other cases liposuction alone will create the best result. Liposuction of the thighs cannot be done at the same time, as this combination can increase risk for complications.
Where will the incision be?
Depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, the incision could extend from hip to hip. It will often be shorter, however.
How long will I be down after surgery?
Everyone heals differently, but typically you will require two weeks off work following a tummy tuck procedure. You should not drive for one to two weeks following your surgery. You will be required to not lift anything heavy or do housework for four to six weeks following surgery. After four weeks you will be allowed to do light exercise such as stationary bike, treadmill, walking, and similar activities. Most people are back to normal activity after six weeks.
What should I expect the day of surgery?
You will be notified the day before surgery of your surgical time. You will need somebody to be with you to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours following surgery. You will be required to not eat or drink after midnight the day before the surgery. It is best to wear comfortable clothing to our office the day of surgery. The procedure generally takes approximately two and a half hours and you will be in recovery for about one hour after surgery. You will be given prescriptions at your pre-operative appointment that should be filled and available to you following surgery.
When will I need to follow up after surgery?
You will need to be seen the day following surgery, which will be scheduled in advance. You will also be required to follow up one week, 10-14 days, one month and three months following surgery. Your drains will be removed on your 10-14 day follow-up. On rare occasions, more frequent follow-up visits will be needed. There is no charge for additional follow up visits.
How long will the surgery take?
The procedure generally takes about two and a half hours. After surgery, you will be in recovery for about an hour, for a total of about three and a half to four hours in our office on the day of the procedure.
What can I expect following surgery?
You will be quite sore following surgery and will require pain medication for a period of time. You will be required to wear a binder for about 6 weeks following surgery. You will need to keep your incisions dry for a full 24 hours after surgery. You will be allowed to shower after your first follow-up visit.
To learn more or schedule tummy tuck surgery, contact our offices today.