A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure where excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal region. Underlying muscle is repositioned and restored to tone the tummy area. A sagging abdomen can occur due to a number of causes, including aging, weight changes, and genetics. Both healthy individuals as well as obese individuals can require tummy tucks. When looking at tummy tuck before and after photos, the abdominal muscles look tighter and contoured after surgery. In some cases, the appearance of scars and stretch marks are reduced.
Depending on the tissue that is able to access by the surgeon while providing the procedure there are different types of abdominoplasty.
Traditional: Traditional type represents the process when surgeon scarifies the area from hip to hip, getting an access to all abdominal tissues.
Mini tummy tuck: You are a good candidate for mini or partial tummy tuck if all the fat and skin you desire to remove is concentrated under the belly button.
Extended tummy tuck: If you desire to treat areas the extent to “love handles”, then extended type of tummy tuck is right for you to achieve the best result.
Some cases require to combine tummy tuck procedure with other types of cosmetic surgery, for example, liposuction.
During the surgery, the plastic surgeon makes incisions along targeted areas. In general cases, a horizontal incision is made along the bikini line, just above the pubic area. From here the surgeon can separate the skin from the abdominal wall and remove fat, tissue and excess abdominal skin through the incision. The underlying abdominal muscles have usually been weakened. To improve their function, muscle tissues are sutured together to help them regain their elasticity. Depending on how much fat is to be removed, liposuction and tummy tuck are done together.
Tummy tuck risks are represented by bleeding, infection, and some cases of complications related to anesthesia including fatal outcome. Among other risks are pulmonary embolism (blood clots traveling right to your lung), improper healing of the wound, tissue loss. And of course there is always a risk of dissatisfaction with the results of the procedure. Consult a surgeon at first, tell him or her everything about your medications and lifestyle, follow surgeon’s recommendations, and avoid smoking before and after surgery. All these can help to minimize the most common risks.
As a result of tummy tuck procedure you will have firmer and flatter abdominal contour that is more proportional to your weight and body type. You will face swelling after tummy tuck, also you will be unable to stand fully straight until the completion of internal healing. But already in one – two weeks you will enjoy your new, slimmer and attractive look and be able to stand tall.
Tummy tuck recovery time is longer because the surgery is done on your core. There will be initial pain and discomfort for days after surgery. The plastic surgeon will give you a support garment to wear to help with healing. You’ll be able to return to work within 2-4 weeks and resume all activity by 10 weeks.
The tummy tuck costs more than a mini option because it is more involved. Average cost of tummy tucks ranges from $6,000 to $18,000. In most cases, a tummy tuck is considered a cosmetic surgical procedure and the cost won’t be covered by insurance. If it isn’t, you can work with your plastic surgeon to find a suitable payment plan.