Cost of a Tummy Tuck
$7,900 - $8,500
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty, also known as a "tummy tuck," is a procedure that is good for addressing excess skin and fat around the abdomen, as well as for tightening stomach muscles that have been stretched out after weight loss or pregnancy. Often, exercise alone will not eliminate the laxity of the stomach wall that occurs after pregnancy or weight loss, because it is not the muscles themselves that that have stretched out and become lax, but the connective tissue between the muscles that is now stretched. Additionally, each person's skin connects to the underlying tissue at set points and when excess fatty tissue forms around these points, we start to get more pronounced rolls of skin. No amount of exercise can make these connection points between the skin and the tissue move or loosen.
The "Mommy Makeover" refers to the combination of an abdominoplasty and breast procedure done at the same time.
The Procedure for a Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty is done in an outpatient ambulatory surgery center under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about 1½ hours. It consists of an incision just above the pubic area from hip to hip and also around the belly button. The original belly button is retained, but it is reshaped and repositioned. The abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus) are sewn back together to act as an "internal girdle". The skin over the abdomen is then raised and pulled tighter to remove the laxity of the excess skin that was there. Liposuction of the "love handle" area can also be done to give better definition to the waist. The patient will have 2 drains after surgery and be wrapped up tightly in an abdominal binder.
Recovery After a Tummy Tuck
Recovery from a tummy tuck is moderately difficult because so much of everyday activity involves using the core muscles. Patients can generally shower after 48 hours. There will be 2 drains, the first of which is usually removed in the office around 1 week after surgery. The second drain is typically removed 2 weeks after surgery. For 6 weeks, patients must not lift anything more than 5lbs. nor do any high-end exercise. Any targeted abdominal exercises should be avoided for 6-8 weeks total. An abdominal binder is worn 24/7 for the full 6 weeks to provide support and compression, some patients choose to switch over to Spanx type garments after 4 weeks when most of the swelling has subsided. Final results for a tummy tuck are usually not apparent until at least 6 months after surgery because it takes at least that long for the swelling to go away completely and the scar to become less apparent.
Frequently asked questions
Is a tummy tuck covered under insurance?
A tummy tuck is not covered under insurance.
What type of anesthesia is used for a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia.
Where are the incisions for a tummy tuck?
There will be one incision from hip to hip just above the pubic area and around the belly button.
How long is a tummy tuck procedure?
A tummy tuck is typically about 1½ hours.
What is the recovery time after a tummy tuck?
The patient will have strict lifting and activity restrictions for 6 weeks after surgery. Those with a sedentary job may consider returning to work 2 weeks post-op. Targeted abdominal exercise should be avoided for 6-8 weeks after surgery.
What is the cost of a tummy tuck?
$7,900 - $8,500
What should a patient expect after a tummy tuck?
After a tummy tuck, the patient will be sent home with 2 drains and an abdominal binder. The first drain can be removed after 1 weeks and the second drain is removed after 2 weeks. An abdominal binder must be worn 24/7 for 6 weeks after surgery. Some patients choose to switch to spanx or tight high-waisted leggings for compression after 4 weeks.