Tummy tuck surgery

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat and in a majority of cases reinstates separated or weakened muscles thereby creating a smooth and firm abdomen.

A flat and well toned abdomen is something that many people strive for through exercising and weight control. There are times these methods don’t work.

A sagging abdomen is caused by; ageing, pregnancy, considerable fluctuations in weight, hereditary factors and prior surgery.

A tummy tuck procedure isn’t a substitute for an exercise or weight loss program. Even though the results of a tummy tuck surgery are technically permanent, the outcome can be altered or diminished by considerable fluctuations in a person’s weight.

Tummy lift

A tummy tuck isn’t a stretch mark removal procedure, however, they are removed from areas where excess skin will be excised.

Tummy tuck costs

The average cost of undergoing a tummy tuck is $5,217 as prefigures released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost can vary considerably because the aforementioned fee doesn’t account for operating room costs, anesthesia and other related costs.

The surgeon’s fee also varies depending on; experience, geographical location and procedure.

The following costs are included in such a surgery:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Medical tests
  • Surgical/hospital costs
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical prescription
  • Anesthesia fees

When deciding on a board certified surgeon in your area, remember that a surgeon’s experience and how comfortable you are with him or her is as imperative as the cost of the surgery.

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

An ideal candidate for a tummy tuck has the following traits:

  • Be a non-smoker
  • Be troubled by your abdomen’s appearance
  • Have realistic expectations in regards to the outcome of the surgery
  • Physically fit/healthy and of stable weight.

This procedure is a highly individualized one and you should undergo the procedure to fulfill your desires and not of those anybody else.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

After undergoing surgery, your incisions may be dressed or bandaged and you might even be wrapped in a compression bandage or an elastic bandage to curtail swelling and support the abdomen as it heals.

There are instances where thin tubes might be temporarily placed under the skin to drain off excess blood or fluid.

Possible Complications

  • Numbness, tiredness and bruising.
  • Pain and swelling in days following the surgery.
  • Possible infection, blood clots and skin flap, especially if you suffer from lung, liver or heart disease, poor circulation or diabetes.
  • Just like many forms of surgery, a tummy tuck leaves you with scars. They may fade with time, but they can never disappear completely.

Caring for Yourself after plastic surgery

Whether you undergo a complete or partial tummy tuck, the area that has been operated on will be stitched and bandaged. It is imperative to follow your doctor’s instructions on how to properly manage yourself in days after the surgery.

The bandage that you will be provided with will be elastic and firm to promote proper healing.

You will also be advised on how to best position yourself while lying down or sitting to aid in easing pain.