Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
A traditional abdominoplasty procedure (also known as a tummy tuck) is used for cases that require the muscles to be tightened and repositioned as well as the removal of tissue. An extended abdominoplasty involves an incision from the lower abdomen to the hips. Abdominoplasty is appropriate for a wide range of patients. Post pregnancy to weight gain and loss are typical situations that leave someone with lax muscles and skin of the abdomen. You should consult a skilled plastic surgeon you can trust.
Dr. Benjamin Lam has extensive experience and spends as much time necessary discussing your needs to ensure you achieve the best possible results. Providing your weight remains stable, the effects of an abdominoplasty are permanent.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can I expect from a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a procedure designed to contour the abdomen by removing excess skin from the lower stomach area; commonly referred to as the “pouch” by some patients. This is commonly known as part of the “mommy makeover”. This procedure is commonly combined with tightening of the muscles in this area where it’s been previously stretched out by such things as pregnancies. The resulting contour is a more tightened and flattened stomach. The incision is placed low on the abdomen; immediately above the pubic area so it will remain hidden under clothes.
How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?
The amount of recovery time needed is dependent on a patient’s occupation as well as daily activities. This ranges from 2 to 6 weeks. Drains are necessary for this procedure and they usually come out in about a week and a half to two weeks. Patients are encouraged to limit their activities during this time to avoid any accidental trauma to the drains.
Is a tummy tuck painful?
In the post op period, most patients report ” tightness ” and not pain in the operative area. This is usually well controlled with oral pain medications. Patients are also required to wear an abdominal binder for four to six weeks in order to keep this area well supported. For maximal contouring, patients are put in a “sit up” position during the operation in order to maximize the amount of skin being removed. Because of this, patients need to adopt this hunched over ( bent at the waist ) position for a few days after the procedure. This extends into nighttime when patients may elect to sleep in a lazy boy chair in a semi upright position. The patient can straighten up slowly and gradually after the first few days. Typically, they are pretty much back to the upright position at the time of their first post op appointment.
Are there any risks associated with a tummy tuck?
This procedure is extremely safe since the dissection is in an area above the abdominal organs separated by a thick muscle layer.
What is the cost of a tummy tuck?
The usual cost of a tummy tuck is around $7500.
Are tummy tucks covered by insurance?
There are specific instances when abdominoplasty or components of abdominoplasty will be covered by insurance. Insurance carriers have strict criteria a patient must meet before a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty is covered. Documentation of recurrent, persistent rashes must be provided formally to the insurance carrier in the form of medical records from a primary care physician, pictorial documentation of rashes, and excess skin folds extending to specified measurements. Dr. Benjamin Lam and his staff will direct you should you fall into an insurance covered option.