Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
One of the most common “problem” areas for men and women is the belly, particularly the concern of having excess skin that obscures the natural contours of the body. Loose skin and muscles can develop on the abdomen for a number of reasons, from the natural aging process to significant weight loss. Many women also notice changes in this region following pregnancy and childbirth. If you are bothered by excess skin or stretch marks on your abdomen, our extensively trained and board certified plastic surgeons can help you address this issue and achieve your cosmetic goals.
Before & After
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to trim away excess skin on the abdomen and tighten the underlying muscles. In many cases, liposuction is combined with treatment to remove pockets of stubborn fat for a firmer and smoother appearance in this area. Dr. Richard Zeff and Dr. Anthony Wilson, our experienced surgeons, offer this popular approach at our state-of-the-art practice. We can customize your procedure to suit your individual needs and desired outcome. This can include adding other techniques, like breast augmentation or breast lift for women or post bariatric body contouring for patients with more significant loose skin, to restore your body and provide an optimal result that’s natural-looking and long-lasting.
What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular procedures in the nation. This treatment can revitalize the body’s appearance and the patient’s confidence. Other benefits of tummy tuck surgery include:
- Reduced excess abdominal skin
- Tightened abdominal muscles
- Smoother, firmer skin of the lower stomach and abdomen
- Improved appearance of moderate to severe stretch marks
- Slimmer, more toned waistline and abdomen
In addition to these benefits, tummy tuck surgery can also be used to spot-reduce fatty tissue on the waistline, abdomen, and flanks (love handles) with the aid of liposuction. We can discuss this option with you during your initial consultation.
Tummy Tuck Vs. Liposuction Surgery – Which Is Right for You?
Before undergoing any body-contouring procedure, it is important to first analyze whether the patient requires abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery), liposuction, or a combination of the two. At our practice, we help each patient evaluate his or her needs and goals. Liposuction can remove excess amounts of fat, but the procedure cannot remove loose or excess skin. Furthermore, the results of liposuction are related to the patient’s skin tone. On the other hand, patients with very loose skin and stretch marks should consider a tummy tuck, which removes excess skin and fat, resulting in tightening of the entire abdomen. Dr. Zeff and/or Dr. Wilson can determine which procedure is best for your cosmetic goals during an initial consultation.
“My experience with Dr. Zeff and all of his staff was beyond my expectations. I had been planning my tummy tuck surgery for years and knew quite a bit about the procedure but had originally decided to go with a different surgeon. After some time and meetings with that particular surgeon, I wasn’t feeling confident so I decided to cancel my surgery and made an appointment with Dr. Zeff. He was extremely honest and generous with his time and information in regards to my specific needs. I left the office with an appointment for surgery in hand and felt 100% confident about it. The whole process of pre-surgery to the actual surgery and post-surgery was absolute text book, and my recovery and results are perfection. I can’t even express how pleased I am with Dr. Zeff and his extremely caring and welcoming staff. If you are ever wavering and are unsure, I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Zeff.”
Stephanie – Exeter, NH
Full Tummy Tuck Vs. Mini
When the looseness is limited to the lower abdomen, one can consider a mini- abdominoplasty which is a less expensive and less invasive procedure. A long but very low incision is used to remove the excess tissue of the lower abdomen. The recovery is also much shorter. A mini-abdominoplasty will not, however, tighten the tissues around and above the belly button. It can, however, be combined with liposuction to achieve improved contour in other areas as well.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
For abdominoplasty in a private and confidential setting, tummy tuck patients can come to our conveniently located outpatient surgery center. The tummy tuck procedure is performed by making an incision as low as possible on the abdomen to hide post-surgical scarring. Next, excess skin and fat are removed from the area between the belly button and the pubic hairline, and, when needed, the underlying muscles are tightened to create an even flatter tummy. The belly button stays in its natural position in the newly tightened skin. Sometimes, simultaneous liposuction of the hips can help achieve even better overall contour.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Tummy tuck surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Initially, patients may be unable to stand up straight for several days, limiting early post-operative activities. After a week or two, only strenuous activity will be limited. Discomfort from abdominoplasty typically improves daily but can last, to a minor degree, up to two weeks and is often easily controlled with medications prescribed by our plastic surgeons.
Tummy Tuck Cost
Since we tailor every cosmetic program to suit the individual needs and goals of the patient, the price of tummy tuck surgery can vary from person to person. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,798. This number may not reflect the typical price at our practice. It’s important to note, this average is based on the surgeon’s fee alone. Patients should be aware that there will be other expenses, including anesthesiology and hospital facility fees, for which they will be responsible. To give you the best and most complete information, we will provide a detailed total cost of your treatment plan at your initial visit, so you will know exactly the cost of the proposed surgery. We also work with several reputable medical lenders that can provide qualified applicants with appealing plastic surgery financing options. Let us know if you’re interested and we can provide additional details.
Would you like to learn more about abdominoplasty? Talk to our medical team today to schedule a consultation with one of our top plastic surgeons.