Tummy Tuck Overview
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Tummy Tuck Procedure
Through a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen, excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed. Also through this incision, your abdominal wall muscles are sutured together to improve your abdominal contour. There are no sutures to remove as they are all internal. The resultant scars are a horizontal scar across your lower abdomen and a small scar around your belly button. Depending on your abdomen, one or two drains will most likely be placed to aid in the healing process.
>35-65 years old
$9,200 *This is an estimation & prices may vary. An exact price will be given at your consultation appointment.
Excess abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat. Abdominal wall muscle laxity. This is usually caused by pregnancy, weight fluctuations and aging.
To improve abdominal contour.
Surgery Center or Hospital
Patients should be at a stable weight and cannot be using any nicotine-containing substances.
This is outpatient surgery. In the vast majority of cases, patients go home after surgery.
After an abdominoplasty, you will need to keep your hips flexed at all times for 1-2 weeks to help minimize the tension on your skin incision. This means walking around a little hunched over and sleeping in a recliner or in bed with pillows under your back and your knees.
1-2 weeks, depending on your type of work.
Usually subsides after 2-3 weeks
Risks & Complications
Hematoma, seroma, infection, poor scarring, dehiscence, delayed wound healing, skin necrosis, asymmetry, numbness, thromboembolism, contour irregularities, need for revision, complications related to anesthesia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will a tummy tuck help stretch marks?
What is the recovery time?
Am I a good candidate?
Where are the scars located?
What should I expect post-op?
You will need someone to help take care of you after surgery as you will not be able to lift children, heavy items, etc.
You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
After 48 hours, you should remove your dressings and take a shower.
You will need to wait 2 weeks for light exercise, 4 weeks for regular exercise, and at least 6 weeks for abdominal exercises.
Wait 2 weeks because you don’t want to stress your incisions or increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.
Upper Body Lift
Mini - Tummy Tuck
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