Tummy Tuck Overview
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What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Pregnancy and childbirth, aging, genetics, and dramatic weight loss can result in excess sagging skin, loose muscle tissue, and stubborn unwanted fat in the abdomen. A tummy tuck is a treatment that addresses these issues and creates ideal contours for the abdomen.
This body-contouring procedure tightens and tones the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. This is followed by tightening and toning the remaining skin and the abdominal muscles. This creates an ideal aesthetic appearance for the abdomen.
Am I a Good Abdominoplasty Candidate?
A tummy tuck is recommended to all adults (preferably 35 to 65 years old) who want to restore their firm and toned abdomen. Candidates should be in good overall health with a stable body weight. Candidates should be done with their weight-loss program or with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Patients who are willing to commit to the full recovery period are ideal candidates.
Your consultation will start by discussing your aesthetic goals for your abdomen. A physical evaluation, along with an assessment of your medical history, will be needed to determine if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck.
You will be presented with a personalized surgical plan, and its details will be discussed by your surgeon. You can ask questions about anything during the consultation.
Pre-op instructions will be given to prepare you for surgery. You will need to stop smoking well in advance of your tummy tuck, and you must clear your schedule for the surgery and the recovery period.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
A tummy tuck procedure usually lasts between two and three hours. The surgery will start by administering general anesthesia. Once it has taken effect, a curving horizontal incision will be created on the lower abdomen. This incision can easily be hidden by a swimsuit.
Excess skin and fat will be removed. The abdominal-wall muscles will be sutured together to achieve ideal contours. Finally, the incision will be sutured closed and bandaged at the end of the surgery. Drains may be placed to aid in the recovery process.
The Tummy Tuck Healing Process
The patient can go home after their abdominoplasty surgery. Post-surgery instructions and prescriptions will be given to the patient. The patient will need assistance with childcare and lifting heavy items.
It takes 48 hours before the patient will be able to remove the dressing and be allowed to take a shower. Minor pain and discomfort can be experienced during the first week of recovery. Bruising can last until two to three weeks.
Most patients will need around two weeks of recovery time. Patients can go back to their work when cleared, as long as it does not involve strenuous physical activities. Sex and light exercise can be resumed after two weeks, regular exercise after a month, and abdominal exercises after at least six weeks.
Tummy Tuck Cost
The cost of a tummy tuck is around $9,200. However, this is an estimate, and the exact price will be impacted by the techniques utilized and other costs, such as anesthesia fees.
Set Up a Consultation
If you are interested in a tummy tuck in Pensacola, contact Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery. Get in touch with us today to set up your consultation.
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