Tummy Tuck Provides Dramatic, Lasting Effects
Removing excess skin and fat is simply the most effective way to slim some patients' midsections.
While swelling can take several weeks to subside, surgery achieves an immediate enhancement.
Though some degree of sagging is a natural part of the aging process, mindful eating and regular exercise can help to sustain a dramatic transformation.
What exactly does the procedure involve?
Tummy Tucks Are Among the Top 5 Most Commonly Performed Cosmetic Procedures
Just how different could I look afterwards?
What If I'm Not Sure I Can Afford Treatment?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tuck surgery costs roughly $5,800. While this may seem high, consider that severely stretched skin can only be corrected with surgery. The cost of special supplements, personal trainers, and dieting gimmicks can really add up, without producing substantial results. Consider whether the surgery is a good investment in your confidence and comfort. Plus, most doctors accept flexible financing, which can place the total cost of treatment within your reach - on virtually any budget.
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What to Expect during Treatment
If you're considering tummy tuck surgery, start by asking yourself these questions. Are you:
- Healthy enough to undergo surgery?
- Finished having children?
- At or near your ideal weight?
- Committed to a healthy lifestyle in the future?
If your doctor finds you are eligible, your surgery will consist of several steps:
Anesthesia will be used to numb the area and help you relax. Many doctors use general anesthesia for optimal comfort.
A discreetly placed horizontal incision will be made between the hip bones, allowing access to deeper tissues. A second incision may also be made around the navel.
The doctor will remove excess fat and skin.
In some cases, separated abdominal muscles (a common side effect of pregnancy) will be repaired.
The belly button may be placed in a higher position to achieve a natural-looking result.
The incisions will be closed and surgical dressings will be applied.
I'm still not sure: do I really need an abdominoplasty?
You May Qualify for Non-Surgical Treatment or a Mini Tummy Tuck
Liposuction is less invasive but only removes fat, not excess skin. CoolSculpting® is a popular non-surgical contouring method but again, its focus is on fat reduction. Laser skin tightening is appropriate for some patients and can be used on the midsection. But most of these alternatives will not be recommended unless the cosmetic concerns are fairly minor and easy to correct. Keep in mind a mini tummy tuck can often achieve dramatic effects with less scarring and a reduced recovery time.
If you have exhausted lifestyle changes, a doctor can determine whether tummy tuck surgery is right for you. Learn more about this life-changing treatment by scheduling an appointment today.
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