Tummy Tuck Quick Facts
- General anesthesia
- Length of procedure:
- Up to 4 hours
- Length of stay:
- Usually home the same day
- Mild to moderate, controlled with prescription pain medications
- Swelling up to 6 weeks that could take up to 3 months to resolve completely
- Final result:
- Approximately 3-4 months
- Duration of results:
- Typically long-lasting, but substantial weight gain or pregnancy may alter initial outcome. Ultimately, long-term results will depend upon the health and habits of the patient
What is a tummy Tuck?
Commonly referred to as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat within the lower abdominal region, between the belly button and pubic bone. If needed, our experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Malamet, will repair the underlying rectus abdominus muscles that have been stretched or torn, also referred to as “diastasis recti.” As an integral part of a “mommy makeover” procedure, an abdominoplasty may also be the treatment of choice for patients who have experienced weight loss secondary to bariatric surgery or as a result of a strict diet/exercise regimen. Often combined with liposuction for improved results, tummy tuck surgery can provide patients with a slimmer, more defined abdomen.
What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery offers several key benefits to women and men seeking to achieve a tightened and toned abdomen, such as:
- Removal of loose, inelastic skin
- Tightening and/or repairing abdominal muscles; repairing “diastasis recti”
- Eliminate stubborn pockets of fat
- Improve the way clothing fits and looks
- Renewed self-confidence
- Flatter and firmer midsection
Dr. Malamet seeks to provide each patient with the best possible results—customizing the treatment based upon your unique individual goals, which will be discussed during your initial consultation.
“If you are looking for a board certified surgeon with great attention to detail, cares about his patient and their outcome and has a great bedside manner... look no further. Dr. Malamet is wonderful.”
Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
If you have poor skin elasticity in your abdomen, excess skin, and/or stretching of the abdominal muscles, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Patients considering abdominoplasty should also be in good overall health and at or near their goal body weight—this procedure is not intended for weight loss. However, individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery or secondary to an intense diet and exercise regimen are often considered ideal candidates. deal candidates.
Depending on your individual case, a mini tummy tuck may be a more appropriate procedure. In your consultation, Dr. Malamet will determine your eligibility and recommend the treatment best suited for achieving your aesthetic needs and goals.
How is the Abdominoplasty Procedure Performed?
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, and can take up to four hours to complete. During surgery, an incision is strategically placed between the hips, just above the pubic bone, to allow the resultant scar to fall within a natural crease below the bikini line, ensuring that scarring is as inconspicuous as possible. Excess skin and fat within the lower abdominal region will be removed, and any loose or torn abdominal muscles will be tightened and/or repaired.
An abdominoplasty may be combined with liposuction to improve the overall appearance of the midsection—abdomen, hips, and flanks.
- Skin Elevated
- Skin Removed
- Muscle Repair
What Can I Expect for Tummy Tuck Recovery?
After tummy tuck surgery, patients may experience some swelling and bruising, but these effects will subside over time. Any discomfort after surgery is typically mild to moderate and controlled well with prescribed medications. To encourage proper healing, Dr. Malamet will provide you with personalized aftercare/postoperative instructions, as well as schedule several follow-up appointments. Any strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately 4-6 weeks. It is extremely important to take the time to allow your body to heal after surgery, but most patients are able to return to work, school, or other regular activities after approximately two weeks.
Although scarring is unavoidable, when tummy tuck surgery is performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Malamet, the scar will be concealed by most undergarments and swimsuit varieties. Following Dr. Malamet’s postoperative instructions will also help aid the healing process and ensure that your scar fades as much as possible.
The results of a tummy tuck are long-lasting for many patients. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle after a tummy tuck will increase the lasting effects of your procedure. Results may potentially be affected after a pregnancy or significant weight gain, but tummy tuck revision surgery can help restore initial results, if desired.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
According to statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a tummy tuck in 2017 was just under $6,000*. However, this price quote only represents the surgeon’s fee, and does not take into account other factors that can potentially affect the overall cost of abdominoplasty, such as:
- The extent of treatment needed to achieve desired results
- Anesthesia fees
- The surgical technique employed
- Prescribed medications
- Hospital or surgical facility fees
- Any complementary procedures performed
- The experience and skill of your surgeon
- The geographical location of the plastic surgery practice
Ultimately, scheduling a consultation with your plastic surgeon is the best way to get a more accurate idea of what to expect. In a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Malamet, he will assess your individual concerns and provide you with a personalized operative plan, designed to achieve your aesthetic goals. To further assist our patients, we also offer financing options through CareCredit® and ALPHAEON®. These plastic surgery lending companies enable qualified patients to make monthly payments with low or no interest.