Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, AKA abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat and tightens muscles to create a firmer and smoother abdomen. Traditional tummy tuck makes an incision from one side of the hip to the other and around the belly button to reposition the navel. Mini-tummy tucks change the abdomen appearance below the navel. An endoscopic tummy tuck is for patients with weak abdominal muscles, little fat in the abdomen area and little loose skin around the stomach. Extended tummy tucks are performed when “love handles” need to be removed from the sides of the waist and excess skin and fat around the stomach. Circumferential tummy tuck results in a loss of skin elasticity and weight loss.

Ideal candidates for tummy tuck include people who have loose skin around their abdomen, carry excess weight in their midsection, are in general good health and are willing to exercise and follow a healthy diet to maintain their results. The patient should not be far from his or her ideal weight as well as not able to lose weight or eliminate fat through diet and exercise. Women who have seen their abdominal muscles stretch and separate due to giving birth are ideal candidates as long as they don’t plan on further pregnancies. Patients who previously lost a significant amount of weight can see their loose muscles and skin tightened.

The amount of work performed during a tummy tuck is individualized for each patient. In general, the cost can range from $3000-$12,000 depending on the needs of the patient, the type of tummy tuck performed, the area of the country where the surgery is performed and any fees charged by the doctor or the facility.

If the patient commits to proper diet and exercise following the surgery, the results of a tummy tuck should last a decade or longer. Following the procedure, the patient will see a smoother body contour and a more toned abdomen. The person often sees an increase in his or her self-image. The size or appearance of any scars following a tummy tuck depends on the technique utilized by the surgeon. In general, tummy tucks scars become flatter and lighter as time passes.

Endoscopic Tummy Tuck

submitted on   Thu Jan, 07, 2016 by Joubin Gabbay, MD     
An endoscopic tummy tuck allows a surgeon to tighten and reshape the muscles of the abdomen in patients who require very little or no removal of abdominal skin. This results in a flatter stomach without the typical longer incision of a standard tummy tuck / abdominoplasty. An endoscopic tummy tuck, also...