As we age, excess skin and stubborn abdominal fat can begin to develop along our midsection due to factors such as weight loss or pregnancy. While some patients can address this issue by sticking to a strict exercise routine and diet, many patients may require plastic surgery to reach their aesthetic goals. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that eliminates fat, removes excess skin, and repairs damaged rectus muscles to create a slimmer and more toned abdomen.
Certain factors such as pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can cause our abdominal muscles to weaken and protrude, making it almost impossible to correct with exercise. Tummy tuck surgery can tighten the underlying tissues and repair the abdominal muscles to improve the overall definition and shape of your midsection.
Many men and women who have achieved their weight loss goal find themselves with areas of stubborn fat deposits hanging from their abdomen that may be difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise alone. Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery can be combined with liposuction to remove excess fat from your stomach for a more toned and slender figure.
Sagging skin and excess fat that have developed along the abdomen can cause embarrassment and damage a person’s self-confidence. Tummy tuck surgery eliminates these imperfections to produce a flatter and more attractive abdominal area that you can be proud to show off.
Following your tummy tuck surgery, a surgical dressing will be placed along the treated area to support your new contours. Swelling and bruising will develop but should resolve after a few days. You will be asked to refrain from all physical activities for at least four to six weeks or until Dr. Burnett instructs otherwise. You will be able to return to work approximately six weeks after your surgery.
Any visible scars can be hidden underneath clothing and bathing suits and will continue to fade over time.
You may experience moderate discomfort following your tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Burnett will prescribe you pain medication to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.
The exact price of your tummy tuck surgery will depend on the severity of your condition and several other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Burnett will help determine the cost of your procedure.
Your tummy tuck results are generally permanent as long as you maintain a healthy, stable weight and do not have a future pregnancy.
Most health insurance companies may not cover the cost of your tummy tuck surgery if it is undergone solely for cosmetic purposes. However, Dr. Burnett will determine if there is any medical reason, like a hernia, that may qualify you for insurance coverage. Make sure to contact your health insurance provider for more information.
As with most surgeries, there are some potential risks involved with tummy tuck surgery. These include: