What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, technically referred to as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure where excess skin and belly fat is removed and loose abdominal wall muscles are tightened.
Who normally gets a tummy tuck?
This surgery is the most popular amongst women who have given birth or people who have underwent a dramatic weight loss.
Who should not get this done?
You should not get this done if you are planning on losing more weight. In the event you lose weight after the surgery, the results will not remain the same. Also, you should not have this surgery until you are finished having children. Some doctors will advise against this operation if you have had prior abdominal surgeries.
What happens during the procedure?
During surgery, an incision is made that goes from one hip bone to the other. The loose skin that goes from the pubic mound to above the naval area and extra fat is then removed. Also, if the stomach muscles have been separated, the surgeon would put them back in their proper position. Last but not least, they will close up the incision and make sure the belly button is back in its original position.
What is the end result?
The surgery results in a tighter stomach minus the loose skin and because it is usually done in conjunction with liposuction, less fat!
Will there be scars?
Yes, they will run from one side of the hip bone to the other. In almost all cases, the doctor will make the incision run below the bikini line.
How long does the procedure take?
On average, it takes between 2-4 hours.
How long does it take to recover?
Recovery takes 2-3 weeks of full rest. After 3 weeks a patient can resume very light activities but with added caution.
How can I afford tummy tuck surgery?
If you do not have the money to pay for it outright you can see if the doctor will finance you or you can go through a financing institution that works with surgeons. Click financing to see your list of options and get links to these institutions.
What paperwork will I need to fill out?
It depends on the doctor, but we have included links to patient forms for each practice.
Where can I find discounts or special offers?
We have included links to the events that different surgeons host or will be attending. At these events they sometimes offer special offers or discounts on their services.