- What Is Abdominoplasty?
- Tummy Tuck Candidates
- The Abdominoplasty Procedure
- Tummy Tuck Recovery
- Tummy Tuck Scars
- Tummy Tuck Cost
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Most commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The procedure also helps to flatten the stomach by tightening loose or torn abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery is a popular body contouring treatment for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, but it is not a weight loss surgery. Tummy tuck surgery is also often included as part of a comprehensive mommy makeover.
To learn more about abdominoplasty, we encourage you to read through the detailed information provided below. To obtain more personalized answers to your questions, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Joseph DiBello, our experienced board-certified plastic surgeon in Philadelphia.
Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Individuals who are in good overall health, but have inelastic skin in their abdominal region are typically considered good candidates for tummy tuck surgery, especially if the underlying muscles have become loose or damaged.
Women with stretched abdominal areas due to previous pregnancies also often benefit considerably from abdominoplasty, although Dr. DiBello recommends for patients to complete all planned childbearing prior to considering this procedure.
Tummy tuck surgery is not a replacement for proper diet and exercise; patients interested in this procedure should be healthy and at or near their goal weight.
If you are in generally good physical shape but are concerned about abdominal fat deposits and loose skin that does not respond to diet and exercise, abdominoplasty can potentially reduce or even eliminate a protruding stomach. Patients who are only concerned about stubborn pockets of fat may be considered better candidates for liposuction alone. During your consultation with Dr. DiBello, he can recommend the most appropriate treatment, based on your unique needs and concerns.
How Is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed?
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia at a local hospital, and usually takes about two or three hours, but times can vary, depending on each patient’s individual case. During surgery, Dr. DiBello will make an incision low on the abdomen, extending from hip to hip. He is careful to place the incision strategically so that the resulting scar can be easily concealed, once healed.
Excess skin is removed, and abdominal muscles can be repaired and tightened at this time. For improved contour, Dr. DiBello can also remove any stubborn fat deposits in the area via liposuction. Once the procedure is complete, remaining skin can be pulled tight and reattached, ultimately giving the abdomen a smooth and sculpted appearance.
For a visual representation of this surgery, please watch our tummy tuck 3D animation.
What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?
Following tummy tuck surgery, you will be admitted overnight at the hospital for your comfort and safety, and Dr. DiBello will personally discharge you the next day. There will likely be some mild to moderate discomfort, but this can easily be managed with medication, as prescribed by Dr. DiBello. A compression garment will need to be worn during the recovery period, to assist with proper healing and to ensure ideal results are achieved. Swelling and bruising is normal, but these side effects should fade over time.
Most patients can resume their regular routines two weeks after surgery, as long as their daily activities do not include strenuous activity. More physically demanding work or recreation should be avoided for at least 4-7 weeks. To give you a better idea of what to expect, Dr. DiBello will provide you with more specific guidelines, based on your individual treatment plan.
Results of tummy tuck surgery can be long-lasting if a healthy lifestyle is maintained. Future weight gain and/or pregnancy can potentially affect results, but revisional surgery can be performed to restore the initial outcome, if desired.
Will I Have Conspicuous Tummy Tuck Scars?
Although scarring after tummy tuck surgery is unavoidable, Dr. DiBello takes great care to place the incision in a way that produces a scar that can be hidden beneath most types of undergarments or swimwear. Additionally, he will provide you with aftercare instructions that can help encourage fading. Overall, though, most of Dr. DiBello’s abdominoplasty patients feel the benefits of the procedure have greatly outweighed any concerns they may have had about residual scarring.
Dr. DiBello also specializes in a “mini” form of abdominoplasty that offers the same type of muscle tightening, but results in a smaller scar. A “mini” tummy tuck is generally ideal for patients whose skin and muscle laxity is mostly below the belly button.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The price of tummy tuck surgery at DiBello Plastic Surgery is typically around $8,500, but can vary according to each patient’s unique treatment plan.
Please note: although many estimates available online only include the surgeon’s fee, the price listed above reflects the overall cost of tummy tuck surgery. It includes several variables, such as overnight stay at the hospital, fees for Dr. DiBello, as well as the anesthesiologist, hospital surgical facility fees, pre-admission testing, and more.
After discussing your needs and desires in a one-on-one consultation with Dr. DiBello, he can provide you with a more personalized price quote.
If you would like to find out if tummy tuck is right for you, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiBello.