Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a plastic surgery procedure able to restore the youthful shape of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. If necessary, the anterior abdomen wall muscles can also be tightened, c-section scars removed, and the groin area reshaped. There are several different techniques which may be used including the mini tummy tuck, the full tummy tuck, and a combination of procedures involving liposuction. Abdominoplasty may be performed on its own or it may be combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation or liposuction.
Good candidates for abdominoplasty include men and women who are in good health and are looking to improve the appearance of excess skin and fat in the abdomen. The procedure can be particularly beneficial in restoring a woman’s abdomen after child birth and is often combined with liposuction of the hips, thighs, and knees.
Dr. Vitenas performs abdominoplasty at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center, with an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort. The procedure takes about two to three hours to complete and is performed with general anesthesia. A lower transverse incision is made which is located between the hip bones just above the pubic area.
Excess skin and fat are then removed and the muscles may be tightened. Once the incisions are closed, a dressing will be applied and temporary drains may be placed to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.
The recovery after abdominoplasty takes one to two weeks. Patients can expect bruising and swelling, and some numbness of the skin may also occur. The drains are removed within five to seven days after surgery. A special support garment may need to be worn for a period of time. Patients may experience some discomfort which can be controlled with medication. Work can typically be resumed after one week, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
Q – What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a plastic surgery procedure which removes excess skin and fat of the abdomen in order to restore a more youthful shape. During the procedure, c-section scars can be removed, the groin area reshaped, and the anterior abdomen wall muscles tightened. There are a variety of techniques for abdominoplasty including the full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, and a combination of procedures along with liposuction.
Q – Who is a candidate for abdominoplasty?
Men and women who are in good health and interested in improving the appearance of excess skin and fat of the abdomen may be good candidates for abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty can be particularly helpful in restoring a woman’s abdomen after pregnancy.
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for abdominoplasty?
During the consultation for abdominoplasty, Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. You will see pre-op and post-op photos of previous abdominoplasty patients. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes, and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and financing options.
Q – Where is the surgery for abdominoplasty performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the surgery for abdominoplasty at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center. There is often an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort.
Q – What is the cost of an Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) cosmetic procedure?
In general, the total cost of an Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) includes the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. The price of the Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure ranges depending on the surgical technique and level of correction needed to achieve the desired results. The average cost of the procedure ranges from $7,000.00 to $12,000.00. Often this procedure is combined with other procedures like liposuction for optimal results. For a precise idea of the cost of the Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures please upload your photos to our contact form.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is typically performed with general anesthesia.
Q – How is abdominoplasty performed?
For abdominoplasty, a lower transverse incision is made. This is located just above the pubic area between the hipbones. Once the incision is made, excess skin and fat are removed and the muscles are tightened.
Q – How long is the surgery for abdominoplasty?
The surgery for abdominoplasty is about two to three hours long.
Q – Where are the incisions made for abdominoplasty?
The incision for abdominoplasty is a lower transverse incision which is located just above the pubic area between the hipbones.
Q – Does abdominoplasty leave scars?
Patients will have a scar after abdominoplasty which is usually located just above the pubic area between the hipbones.
Q – Is abdominoplasty a painful procedure?
Patients may experience some discomfort after the abdominoplasty procedure, though this can be managed with medication.
Q – How long is the recovery after abdominoplasty?
The recovery after abdominoplasty takes one to two weeks.
Q – What is the recovery like after abdominoplasty?
Patients can expect a recovery time of about one to two weeks. Some bruising, swelling and numbness may occur. Drains applied after surgery are removed in five to seven days. Patients will need to wear a special support garment for a period of time after surgery.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my abdominoplasty surgery?
Patients are often able to return to work one week after the abdominoplasty procedure.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my abdominoplasty procedure?
Patients will need to postpone strenuous activities and exercise for four to six weeks.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of abdominoplasty?
The potential risks or complications associated with abdominoplasty may include bleeding, infection, scarring, and delayed wound healing.
Q – Is the cost of abdominoplasty covered by insurance?
While patients should consult with their own insurance carrier, abdominoplasty is generally not covered by insurance.
Q – Is it possible to finance my abdominoplasty procedure?
There are financing options available for plastic surgery, and Dr. Vitenas will discuss these with you during your initial abdominoplasty consultation.