General Information on Tummy Tuck
The following is general information on tummy tuck / abdominoplasty.
It is not medical advice nor is it necessarily authored by a medical professional.
General Information: Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty
Please remember, the following information about abdominoplasty & tummy tuck is not meant to be medical advice, and you agree that you will not take it as such. We are not endorsing the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure. The information below, and any information you find from links on this page, is meant to be information of a general nature. Circumstances vary from individual to individual for any surgical procedure, including tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and you must find out what the risks and benefits from your surgeon.
What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, also called "tummy tuck", is a major surgical procedure. Abdominoplasty is meant to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is NOT the same as liposuction. And, while this procedure does visibly reduce the a protruding abdomen, it also produces a scar which is permanent.
Who is a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
You should be in relatively good health before undergoing abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Also, many surgeons advise patients who intend to lose a significant amount of weight to postpone having a tummy tuck until after the weight loss is achieved. And because a tummy tuck will create a new scar, your surgeon may also advise against abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, if you already have scarring from previous abdominal surgery.
Remember, a tummy tuck is not meant as a substitute for weight loss.
What are some of the risks involved?
As with any surgery, there is the risk of post-operative complications: infection and blood clots, while not common, can occur with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
Please consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for more information regarding abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.
What may I expect during recovery?
You must ask your surgeon questions about what to expect after surgery and follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions, of course.
The following is general information about what you may experience after abdominoplasty:
- a dressing and bandage will be applied to the abdominal area
- a small drainage tube may be placed under the skin to minimize swelling due to the accumulation of excess blood and fluid
- you will be given instructions about how to care for your surgical site
- you will likely be prescribed medication to apply or take orally to reduce the change of infection and aid the healing process.
What is the average cost (surgeon's fee) of a tummy tuck - abdominoplasty?
The average cost for an adominoplasty - tummy tuck in the United States is currently over $5000.00 for the plastic surgeon's fee.
(Click here for latest average plastic surgeons' fees for abdominoplasty.)
Remember, as with any procedure, the surgeon's fee can vary from area to area and from individual to individual. Remember, in addition to the surgeon's fee, there may be additional costs for anesthesia, operating room costs, post-op medications, and other expenses. Ask your surgeon for more information.
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