Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) Plastic Surgery
There are certain important questions you should ask if you are considering a tummy tuck procedure. The medical term for this procedure is abdominoplasty. This is a major procedure even though it is performed for cosmetic reasons. You should clear all your doubts and concerns from the surgeon before signing the consent form.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will encourage you to ask questions and will do their best to educate you on all aspects of the procedure.
Are you a board certified plastic surgeon?
The tummy tuck surgeon should have received training in plastic surgery as well as general surgery. The surgeon should have actual practical experience and knowledge of different tummy tuck techniques. Board certified plastic surgeons will adhere to safety protocols and follow stringent quality standards. These surgeons have a reputation to hold in the medical community and will not compromise on quality.
Should I get a tummy tuck performed?
You would benefit from a tummy tuck procedure if you have a lot of extra skin and fat over your belly that cannot be treated with diet and exercise. This can be due to aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and previous belly surgery. You need to be in good health to get this procedure done. You should not get a tummy tuck if you plan on losing weight in the near future or getting pregnant.
How will my abdomen appear after the surgery?
Your tummy will appear swollen after the first few weeks of surgery. You will also have a scar around the belly button and the pubic area. The swelling should reduce within a week or two. This will make your tummy appear flatter, smoother and firmer. The scars may take a few months to fade away. Stretch marks may also go away after a few months.
What happens during tummy tuck surgery?
Your surgeon will make incisions around the belly button and the upper portion of the pubic area. The surgeon will lift your skin for tightening the belly muscles. They will then pull the skin down tightly. The next step involves making a new belly button and removing excess fat and skin. Stitches or staples will be used for closing the incisions.
Are there risks to this surgery?
Tummy tuck is generally a safe procedure. Risks involve infection, bleeding, scarring, and bleeding. There is a rare risk of blood clot forming on the legs in abdominal surgeries. You need to ensure that you work with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon.
What does a tummy tuck cost?
Tummy tuck improves the way you look. This is why it is called a cosmetic procedure. Your insurance will not cover this surgery. A number of factors determine the actual cost of surgery. There may be additional cost for the use of operating room and anesthesia. You should ask your surgeon about these costs ahead of time.
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