Many people strive for a flat tummy, relying on exercise and weight control to achieve that goal, but too often that is not enough to correct a protruding abdomen, or loose, flabby skin. Even people with normal body weight and proportions can develop a protruding abdomen, or loose and sagging skin.
Tummy tucks are sought by both men and women. Often men and women seek this procedure in response to significant weight loss and resulting loose, sagging skin. Women who develop loose, sagging skin after pregnancy also seek this solution.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. This is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin, and repairs separated muscles for a smoother, thinner and firmer abdomen.
This surgery is not intended for weight loss. Overweight patients suffer the majority of complications after surgery. Rather, it is intended to restore normal proportions by removal of the excess skin and fat caused by aging, heredity, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, significant weight loss, and prior abdominal surgery.
The goal is to create an abdominal profile that is younger, flatter and firmer.
Getting a flatter, trimmer abdomen can dramatically improve the way your clothes fit and look, and help you feel more confident and comfortable in your body. All tummy tucks are personalized for your specific needs.
A tummy tuck is major surgery, so there are risks. Infections, bleeding and blood clots are rare, but a real concern, and many of these can be avoided with a careful post-surgery recovery plan. Healing well requires time and compliance with limitations on your physical activity.
Who is a good candidate?
The best candidates are people who are physically healthy and at a stable weight, and are frustrated by the appearance of their abdomen. It is important to have realistic expectations about what can be expected. And, you must be a nonsmoker because smoking interferes with healing. This means stopping smoking completely, including no nicotine in any form because nicotine restricts blood vessels and impedes healing which increases your risk for post-surgical complications. can cause serious problems.
- People with loose or sagging skin after major weight loss, or pregnancy often seek a tummy tuck.
- People with excess abdominal fat and skin folds.
- If you have lost weight with diet and exercise but your tummy protrudes and lacks tone.
- People who have a belly that always stuck out even though you are in great shape.
Before surgery Dr. Powell may recommend that you lose weight, including regular exercise and a healthy diet, because when you are in good physical condition, recovery will be easier and faster, and have better results.
There are several types of tummy tuck surgery. The choice of technique will depend on the degree of correction needed.
- A fully tummy tuck will remove excess skin and fat throughout the abdomen (the length of the abdominal wall- upper and lower abdomen), contour the skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. This procedure most beneficial for women after pregnancy, when they are done having children. The incision is from hipbone to hipbone. This procedure involves moving your belly button.
The benefit is a flatter, smoother abdomen, reduced appearance of stretch marks and enhanced comfort in your clothes. Form-fitting dresses and swim suits with look better with your new tummy.
- When only moderate skin overhangs without excess fat above the belly button a mini tuck can achieve your goals. A mini tuck or partial abdominoplasty improves the lower belly, below your belly button. This procedure will remove pouches of loose skin and fat, and stretch marks. But, it will not tighten the muscles or require moving the belly button. The incision is made just above the pubic bone. The benefit is a less extensive procedure, quicker recovery and a flatter, slimmer lower abdomen for better fitting clothes.
If there are areas of skin and flab that will not be addressed with a tummy tuck, Dr. Powell may suggest liposuction, especially on your flanks, along with your tummy tuck.
What does a tummy tuck cost?
Many tummy tuck patients will tell you the results are priceless. This average range is $6,500.00 to $14,000.00. But, the actual cost will depend on many variables, including the type and extent of the procedure and additional procedures such as when a tummy tuck is done as part of a mommy makeover.
This is a general cost breakdown:
- The surgeon’s fees
- Pre and Post op office visits
- Operating room costs
- Surgical garments
When you are concerned about your shape contact Powell Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego and Cardiff. Dr. Powell will always make you feel like you are his top concern, and is caring and meticulous. When you have your consultation with Dr. Powell, he will recommend the procedure that will provide your desired outcome, and create a natural appearance with the least scarring possible.
If you decide to go forward, Dr. Powell will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for coming home after surgery.