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 BY Mike Coviello (Tanner)


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Tummy Tuck Questions & Answers

If you are thinking of getting a tummy tuck you probably have lots of questions. This is a good place to find the answers.

Man with a tummy tuck and thigh lift.   

  

What is a tummy tuck?

Tummy Tuck (also known as Abdominoplasty) is an elective cosmetic surgery of the abdomen needed to remove excess skin and fat (saggy skin and wrinkles) and tighten the skin over the stomach. It is the only known remedy to remove baggy skin that is so stretched out that that it has lost elasticity and no amount of exercise or proper nutrition can restore it.

How does a tummy tuck work?

To remove excess skin from the abdominal area the surgeon first makes a long incision from hip to hip just above the pubic area. He then makes a second incision around the navel to free the belly button from the surrounding skin. The skin is then surgically separated from the abdominal wall up to the ribs and lifted to expose the muscles in the abdomen. The muscles are repositioned and stitched to provide a firmer, slimmer and more contoured abdomen. The skin is then stretched back into place and a new hole is cut for the belly button which is then stitched in place. Unwanted excess skin is cut away and the incision is closed with stitches.

Is it permanent?

The result will last for many years, but is contingent on a number of factors including weight gain, fitness, health, pregnancy, sun damage and increasing age. The best way to maintain your flat stomach is to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.

  

  

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The average cost is between $3,000 to $10,000 in the United States. Costs vary due to the patient's health, the type and extent of the surgery, geographical location, which surgeon you use, the operating facility and other factors. Mine cost me $11,200. The national average cost in the United States was $5,263 in 2006. That's for physician/surgeon fees only and do not include fees for the surgical facility, anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, surgical garments, or other miscellaneous costs related to surgery. Source: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for statistical data.

Are there any hidden costs?

Hidden costs may include: lab work costs, pre and post-operative check-ups (these should be included free), visits to family doctor to get "medical approval for surgery", post operative antibiotics and pain medicines, post-operative garments, home health care support if you live alone, transportation costs after surgery (since you won't be able to drive), and possible loss of pay from work.

Is financing available?

Sometimes. Depends on your surgeon or financial institution. One option you may be able to use is financing your procedure with your credit card. Many plastic surgeons accept credit cards to pay for surgeries. I paid for mine that way. If financing is a necessity, call the local plastic surgeons in your area and ask the receptionist if they finance or have payment plans. If they do, then check out the surgeon before making an appointment.

Can I pay in installments?

Sometimes, but it depends on your plastic surgeon or financial institution.

How much does the anesthesia cost?

My anesthesia fee was $1,200. Anesthesia fees are usually pretty standard and easy to estimate compared to the plastic surgeon's fee. You can probably get a pretty good estimate of the cost in your area by checking online.

If I cancel my surgery will my money be refunded?

Depends on how quickly you cancel, your reasons for canceling and your plastic surgeons policies.

How much does a mini tummy tuck cost?

A mini, removes excess skin and fat from the area below the navel and is less expensive than a full one which removes skin and fat from the entire abdominal area (above and below the navel). The mini is popular for women looking to return to pre-pregnancy abdominal firmness. The average cost of a mini is about $3,000.

Would it cost more for a man or a women?

There is essentially no difference between in price because the cost of the surgery is dependent on the patient’s health, condition, geographical location, surgeon's experience and other factors.

Is there such a thing as a low cost tummy tuck?

A low cost surgery sounds like a scary proposition and is something I would be extremely wary about. You tend to get what you pay for.

  

Tummy Tuck Insurance

Does insurance cover tummy tucks? Not usually. A portion of the cost may be covered if there is a valid medical reason, but I understand that it is a rare occurrence. Ask your doctor if he can provide the "required medical reasons" then check with your insurance company. Consider your deductible amount and the possibility of a future rate increase (because of the operation) with your insurance company when you analyze your costs.

Generally insurance companies do not cover elective cosmetic surgery. There may be cases in which they will cover a portion of your medical costs. These include having a hernia corrected through the procedure or if you have had surgery for weight loss. Calling your insurance company should be one of the first things you do. When you call your insurance company to inquire about coverage be sure to ask them if your policy covers the cost of surgery, the cost of anesthesia and hospital costs. Also ask them if there will be an increase in your insurance premiums and if your future coverage will be affected in any way.

 

 

How Do I get a Tummy Tuck?

You get one by first doing your home work (research) and finding out everything you can about it. If you are not scared off by the surgery or the horror stories that you read, the next step would be to find a plastic surgeon and go for a consultation. Consultations are generally inexpensive. The doctor will examine you, tell you what the surgery is all about and tell you what to expect for results. Here are the basic steps that you have to take when getting a tummy tuck.

  1. Lose weight and get down to your ideal weight.

  2. Determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery.

  3. Exercise and get into shape. The more fit and healthier you are going into surgery the better the chances for a positive outcome.

  4. Find a good plastic surgeon.
    - go to several consultations.
    - check the doctors credentials
    - check out the facility where the surgery will be performed.

  5. Prepare for your surgery.
    - buy the supplies that you will need.
    - prepare your house.
    - make appropriate arrangements.

  6. Day of surgery - what you can expect.

  7. Recovering from surgery.

Am I a good candidate?

Criteria is listed here.

How do I know if it is right for me?

Criteria is listed here.

Have I lost enough weight to have a tummy tuck?

The accepted medical advice on what weight to be at before the operation varies. Some say you should be at your ideal weight, others until you get between 0-10% of your ideal weight and still others say up to 30% of your ideal weight, and to wait until your weight loss had stabilized.

Are you naked during the initial examination?

I wasn't naked for my initial consultation. I was only asked to remove all my clothing except my underwear. As a matter of fact I was NEVER NAKED at any of my doctor visits (with the exception of maybe on surgery day, but I'll never know because I was asleep). I guess it depends on the surgeon that you choose.

What should I ask my doctor?

 I put together a list of questions that I brought with me to my initial consultation.

 

 

Tummy Tuck Surgery

The surgery is the scariest part of the whole process. You imagine the worst and keep asking yourself questions like, will the doctor make a mistake?, will something go wrong? or will I even wake up? and you envision the worst. You are elated when you wake up in the recovery room an they tell you that all went well. More Surgery Day Information.

Will I be asleep during surgery?

I was. I had a general anesthetic and was asleep for the entire operation. Neat stuff. There I was chatting with the staff in the operating room then I "magically" woke up in the recovery room. Each operation varies though depending on which surgery you have and what type of anesthesia your plastic surgeon decides is best for you. In some cases a local anesthetic and medications are used making you sleepy, comfortable but awake

When are my stitches removed after surgery?

Stitches are usually removed 1-2 weeks following surgery.

What are absorbable sutures?

Absorbable sutures were originally made of the intestines of sheep (catgut). Today, the majority of absorbable sutures are now made of synthetic polymer fibers which offer ease of handling, low cost, low tissue reaction, consistent performance and guaranteed non-toxicity. sutures made of?

How long does it take absorbable sutures to be absorbed by the body?

Absorbable sutures take anywhere from ten days to eight weeks to be absorbed by the body.

How many stitches will I have?

It varies with each operation. I had stitches on my front, sides and back, but I had a lateral thigh lift as well.

Where can I see tummy tuck videos?

A very instructive animation of how abdominoplasty surgery can be found on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.

 

  

Tummy Tuck Recovery

After a tummy tuck, the surgery is over and the recovery and healing begins. For me this was the best part. The fear and anticipation of the surgery was over with and I wasn't in any pain or discomfort. I was on the down hill slope, as long as any complications didn't set in. Fortunately none did. More Recovery Information.

How do I go to the bathroom after?

In my case I had no problem going to the bathroom after my surgery. I was able to slowly walk around by myself the day after the operation. I was also fortunate that the toilet that I used had adjacent supports (such as a vanity and tub) that I could hold onto while getting up and down. If you don't have such supports available to you they can be purchased to suit your needs.

How to prevent infection after surgery?

Before the surgery remove all hair from the surgical area. This should be done with clippers rather than a razor. Shower with antiseptic soap the week before and the night before surgery. After the surgery take the antibiotics exactly as directed by your surgeon. Ask your surgeon for what type of bandages to use, what antibiotic ointments to apply, how to clean the wound and how often to change the bandages. Watch for signs of infection including fever, chills and sweats. Also look at the wound area for redness or pus drainage at the wound area. Contact your surgeon immediately at the first signs of infection.

How long does it take to heal?

Typically: first few days you will have some discomfort, swelling and pain (controlled with medication). Get lots of bed rest.

  • 5-7 days - stitches removed, surgical drains removed

  • 1 week - begin light exercise

  • 1-2 weeks - back to work for desk job

  • 2 - 6 weeks - most of the swelling will be gone

  • 3 -4 weeks - start moderate exercise

  • 3-6 weeks - begin feeling normal

  • 6 weeks or longer - back to work for strenuous job

  • 1-2 months - scars start fading

  • Up to 1 year - scars mostly faded

How will I feel after surgery?

t may take 3 - 6 weeks until you feel back to normal, depending on the shape that you are in. If you are in top shape you may feel normal in 1 -2 weeks.

What about sleeping after the operation?

Sleep on your back with your legs elevated. Some people purchase special wedges to place under their legs. Others just use pillows. Some surgeons recommend to their patients to sleep in a chair.

Will I have to wear special garments after surgery?

Yes, see Compression Garments.

When can I shower after surgery?

When to shower after an operation varies with each surgeon and operation. Some say after a few days, others say longer and others say to wait until after the surgical drains are removed.

When can I drive after surgery?

Driving is usually permitted about two weeks after surgery.

 Does exercise help recovery after surgery?

Yes, exercise plays a very important role in recovering from surgery. The best and earliest exercise is to start walking as soon as you can.

When can I exercise?

Typically you can exercise lightly in about 3 - 4 weeks following surgery. Go slowly and follow your doctor's advice regarding exercise. You can hurt yourself if you overdo it. Be careful not to stretch or pull in the area of the stitches or tummy area.

How soon can I sun tan after a tummy tuck?

Sun tanning damages skin, therefore it is recommended to protect your scars from direct sun exposure and tanning for 6 months after your operation.

When can I go back to work after surgery?

Going back to work really depends on how well you are recovering and what type of work you do. For office work typically you can return to work in one to two weeks. For more strenuous manual labor work up to 6 weeks or longer. I felt that one week was about right for me (office work).

  

 

What To Expect From A Tummy Tuck

As with any operation, knowing what to expect can take away a lot of the fear. The more knowledgeable you are, the better you are able to handle what's coming.

How is fluid removed with a needle?

About 2 weeks after my surgery, during a follow-up visit, the doctor noticed that it looked like I had some fluid retention (drainage) in my midsection and decided to drain it. He inserted a "big syringe" just below my belly button and drained (sucked out) about ½ cup of red drainage fluid from my belly area. He told me not to look, and I told him I did not want to but I wanted to see the syringe and how much it contained after he was done. I was surprised to see so much drainage was still inside me. He said that it was not uncommon and that by draining it the way he did saves my body the trouble of absorbing it and aids in the healing process. Note: When he first brought out the big needle (syringe) needless to say I was a little apprehensive, but because my belly area was still numb I didn't feel a thing.

Does a tummy tuck make your feel full after you eat?

It's been over a year since I had mine and even now I find that after I eat a large meal my stomach feels full and stuffed very quickly. I feel that if I eat any more my stomach will explode. It's as if I had lap band or gastric bypass surgery (which I did not). Before my operation I could eat a large meal with little or no discomfort afterwards because my stomach could stretch outwards and not be hampered by the surrounding skin or tissue. Since the excess skin was cut away and the remaining skin tightened my stomach has nowhere to expand to. I feel like it is restrained by whatever internal sutures were inserted by the surgeon and my tightened skin. This is a good thing because it prevents me from eating too much at one sitting. Sometimes after I do eat too much I put on my old compression garment to "hold in" my stomach.

Will my stomach be flat after a tummy tuck?

Generally yes, unless you have a unique circumstance. Consult with your surgeon for a reality check on your expectations. You can get a good idea on what to expect by checking out lots of before and after pictures.

Will they do liposuction too?

Not always. Liposuction is an option for your plastic surgeon. His decision will be based on your health, condition, the risks involved, the complexity of the operation and other factors.

Can your stomach stretch back out after an abdominoplasty?

Yes it can. If you fall back into your old habits of eating too much so that you skin stretches out again or if you become pregnant, then the operation that you had might need follow-up surgery to get it looking like it did. However, if you watch your weight, exercise and eat right it will last many years if not a lifetime.

  

Tummy Tuck Pain

Some people have a lot of pain, some people have none. The amount of pain you can expect depends on many factors. More Pain Information.

How much pain is there with an abdominoplasty?

This varies greatly depending on who you listen to. I had an abdominoplasty and a Lateral Thigh Lift (where they cut around my entire body) and throughout the entire experience I HAD NO PAIN and little if any discomfort. I was provided with enough pain medications for only 2 days, but I doubt that I even needed that. For the typical Tummy Tuck they say that you would most likely have some discomfort and some pain (controllable with medications) for the first few days. Some patients just take regular non-prescription Tylenol for comfort after surgery. Valium is sometimes given to some patients for relaxation and as a sleep aid. Unless there are some other type of problems or complications that should be about it.

What pain medicines do they use after surgery?

The two prescriptions that I received were for Keflex 500mg an antibiotic (20 pills) and Mepergan Fortis for pain (40 pills). Valium is sometimes given to for relaxation and a sleep aid.

 

Swelling After A Tummy Tuck

You are going to have lots of swelling right after surgery and you might be disappointed when you look into the mirror for the next several days and weeks. More Swelling Information.

How can I reduce tummy tuck Swelling?

I was told that swelling around the wound or incision area should peak at about 3 days and that most of the swelling (80%) should be gone in 2 - 6 weeks and the remainder should be gone in 3 - 6 months. See my swelling decrease after one day, two days, one week, two weeks and two months following surgery.

Are Swollen Legs common after surgery?

Some leg swelling is common and temporary after surgery. To reduce the swelling lay down and elevate your legs above the level of your heart. Decrease the amount of walking and physical activity placed on the legs. Other suggestions include decreasing your salt intake and wearing support hose. If swelling persists see your doctors as swelling is sometimes a symptom of blood clots in leg veins (which is a risk associated with surgery).

How long does it take for swelling to reduce after surgery?

I was told that swelling around the wound or incision area should peak at about 3 days and that most of the swelling (80%) should be gone in 2 - 6 weeks and the remainder should be gone in 3 - 6 months. See my swelling decrease after one day, two days, one week, two weeks and two months following surgery.

  

Tummy Tuck Scars

Scars and scarring are a fact of life with surgery. You have to accept that but there are some things that you can do to minimize their appearance. More Scar Information.

Does the surgery leave scars?

Yes. Most, if not all surgical incisions leave scars. Severity of the scars depend on your health, how fast you heal, the surgical technique used, the type of operation as well as many other factors.

How long do tummy tuck scars last?

Scars may last up to two years. For those with serious scars other options may include laser scar removal, scar revisions or other surgical techniques. Generally they appear dark and thick for the few weeks to a few months then start fading over the following months. Most grow lighter with time and may take up to a year to flatten out and lighten in color where they may almost fade away completely.

Where are the scars located?

The surgeon takes particular care to make incisions below the line of swimsuits or underwear so they will be hidden from sight.

What can be done to reduce scars?

Applying a topical steroid cream for a few days following surgery can significantly reduce tummy tuck scars. If done consistently for about 6 weeks, the scars will fade faster and become much less noticeable.

  

Tummy Tuck Belly Button

Many tummy tuck patients are unhappy with their belly buttons. Some look OK, others are elongated or out of shape or go missing completely. More Belly Button Information.

Why is my belly button so large after surgery?

Most likely from swelling. See my large ugly Belly Button following 3 days after my surgery.

Do I need to stretch out my belly button after surgery?

I was told no and that it open up naturally, however after one year I am still waiting.

How many stitches do they use?

For my Tummy Tuck there were eight visible stitches.

Why do I have a red scar around my belly button?

In my case it is just normal scarring from where they stitched in the belly button. Not very noticeable unless you look closely. After one year only half of the scar remains and is still in the fading process.

Where can I see some post tummy tuck belly button photos?

You can see mine here, but I don't think this is typical.

What do they do with the belly button?

Simply put, they cut a ring around the old belly button, detach it from the surrounding skin and reinstall it into the newly "pulled down" skin. Read how its done.

   

Tummy Tuck Drains

Surgical drains are those things that the surgeon sticks into during an operation. They help drain the waste fluid from your body after the operation when you are trying to recover. They have stay inside you a long time. Unfortunately they are cumbersome and make you look like one of those Borg creatures on Star trek. More Surgical Drain Information.

How long will I have the surgical drains?

Typically you will have surgical drains for 5-7 days after your surgery. There is no set time. When the amount of fluid put out by the drain falls below 30cc over a 24-hour period for 2 consecutive days, then the drains can be removed (as directed by your doctor).

Will I have drains?

Most likely you will have surgical drains installed during your surgery but it is up to your surgeon and the type of operation you are having.

Are drains used in surgery?

Yes, surgical drains are a routine part of an operation.

What is a surgical drain and what is it used for?

They are flexible plastic tubes that are inserted into the body to drain pus, blood or other fluids from the surgical wound area. For my operation they were installed by the surgeon during the surgery and were removed one week later.

What do I do with the blood after I empty the surgical drain?

Record the amount collected, then flush it down the toilet.

How often do I have to empty the surgical drains?

Empty surgical drains when they get full or every 4 hours or as directed by your surgeon. Record the time and amount of fluid each time your drain them.

How do I wear surgical drains?

There are many different ways to wear tummy tuck surgical drains. One way is to simply pin them to your compression garment or clothing.

Do the drain bulbs have to be placed below the "point of entry" to allow them to drain properly?

No. Since the bulb is squeezed after it is emptied it creates a slight suction that helps the blood flow from the body.

 

 

The surgeon puts on your first compression garment while you are still knocked out in the operating room. You wake up already wearing it strapped tightly across your body. More Compression Garment Information.

What is a compression garment and what does it do?

Surgical compression garments provide compression which pushes body fluids away from the skin and reduces swelling. It also helps flush potentially harmful fluids from your body which in turn reduces the risk of infection and bruising. Surgical compression garments help hold skin firmly against the body which aids in body contouring.

Will I have to wear a girdle?

A Tummy Tuck girdle, abdominal girdle, compression garment, binder and tummy tuck supports are all basically the same thing. The come in different sizes and shapes. It will be up to your individual surgeon to determine if you are required to wear one. I understand that most do recommend wearing a compression garment following surgery.

Will I have to wear a compression garment?

A compression garment, abdominal girdle, binder and tummy tuck supports are all basically the same thing. The come in different sizes and shapes. It will be up to your individual surgeon to determine if you are required to wear one. I understand that most do recommend wearing a compression garment following surgery.

How long will I have to wear the compression garment?

Patients typically have to wear compression garments from time ranging from 1 week to 2 months.

 

Having any major invasive surgery is dangerous and not without risks. Things can go wrong during surgery as well as after. More Complications and Risks Information.

What are the complications associated with surgery?

Complications may include anesthesia reactions, aspiration pneumonia, bleeding, blood clots , delayed wound healing , infection, unfavorable drug reactions and more.

How safe is a tummy tuck?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), it was one of the top five surgical procedures cosmetic procedures in 2005 with 169,314 procedures performed, up 12 percent from 2004. No surgery is without risk. Ask your surgeon to explain all of the side effects and possible risks prior to surgery.

What are the dangers?

Dangers include Death, Lung problems, Anesthesia reactions/Bad reaction to anesthesia, Blood clots, Infection, Delayed wound healing, Unfavorable drug reactions, Skin tissue death (necrosis), Bleeding, Aspiration pneumonia, Unplanned hospital admission, Collection of blood under the skin, Poor healing and excess scarring, Permanent numbness of the abdomen.

How many people die from surgery?

After having searched for over two hours I could not find definitive answers to these questions. What I did find is as follows: "The greatest risk for people undergoing elective surgery derives from the anesthesia, which is estimated to kill 1 in 10,000 to 100,000 people.  “Perfectly well patients die under anesthesia for reasons unknown"  "According to ABC News, 200 people die every year from plastic surgery complications"  "My surgeon told me that approx. one in 5000 people die from going under anesthesia.

Is it safe to have it performed in the doctor's office?

Generally it is safe to have one performed in the plastic surgeon's office (not really in his office but rather the operating room (OR) in his office facility). You can increase your safety and peace of mind by..

  1. Making sure the doctor is a board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tuck cosmetic surgery.

  2. Checking out the doctor's history and experience.

  3. Checking out the operating facility to make sure it is an accredited facility that has the correct people and equipment to handle any emergency that may arise. (This is the big advantage that having a tummy tuck performed in a hospital has rather than at the surgeon's facility. If something really goes wrong and the plastic surgeon can't handle it, they may have to transport you to a hospital for emergency treatment. Precious time can be wasted.)

 

What kinds of tummy tucks are there?

Types of procedures include complete or full, partial or mini, extended and combination procedures.

  1. Complete (or full) Tummy Tucks - hip to hip incision, the navel is freed from the surrounding skin, the muscle fascia wall is tightened with sutures, remaining skin and fat are tightened, the old belly button stalk is brought out through a new hole and sutured into place. Liposuction may be used. A compression garment is applied.

  2. Partial/Mini Tummy Tucks - A smaller incision is made. Belly button is not detached from skin. Skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia, excess skin removed and remaining skin is stretched down. Liposuction may be used.

  3. Extended Tummy Tucks - includes a complete TT with extensions into the thighs (front and/or sides).

  4. Combination procedures - combining a TT with liposuction contouring, breast reduction, breast lift, or occasionally hysterectomy.

How many men have them?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2008 only 4% of the Tummy Tucks in the U.S. were performed on men.

What is the average age of a person getting the procedure?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2008:

Age 20-29: 12,077 (10%)

Age 30-39: 41,913 (34%)

Age 40-54: 50,006 (41%)

Age 55 and over: 17,657 (15%)

  

How many are performed in the U.S. each year?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in.. Year 2000: 62,713, Year 2007: 148,410, Year 2008: 121,653.

How popular is it?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Tummy Tuck Operation is #5 of the Top Five Surgical Cosmetic Procedures in 2008. 1. Breast augmentation (307,000),  2. Nose reshaping (279,000) 3. Liposuction (245,000) 4. Eyelid surgery (221,000) 5. Tummy tuck (122,000).

What is a mini tummy tuck?

A mini, sometimes called a partial, removes excess skin and fat from the area below the navel and is less expensive than a full one which removes skin and fat from the entire abdominal area (above and below the navel). The mini tummy tuck is popular for women looking to return to pre-pregnancy abdominal firmness.

How do I know if I should get a mini or a full procedure?

You can get a pretty good idea on which type is right for you just by looking in mirror and comparing with “Before and After” pictures for both mini and full.

Do I need to stay in a hospital?

Not necessarily. Many procedures are performed at the surgeon's office or clinic on an outpatient basis.

Should I wait until after pregnancy?

Yes. It is recommended that you wait until after pregnancy to have your surgery.

Where can I get advice?

The best source of advice comes directly from your plastic surgeon. Better yet, consult with a number of plastic surgeon. Aside from that the internet will provide you with all the information you need to gain the knowledge you need to make an educated decision.

Is there an alternative?

Liposuction, Mesotherapy, tummy toner creams, mechanical based solutions, exercising, girdles and compression garments all are things to look at. Whether they will work to your satisfaction is a different matter. I haven't found anything that permanently gets rid of the excess skin and fat cells like a Tummy Tuck.

What is an extended tuck?

An extended Tummy Tuck is one where the surgeon not only performs a full but also removes excess skin and fat from both sides and tightens the muscles at the flank and hip area.

What is an endoscopic tummy tuck?

An endoscopic Tummy Tuck (endoscopic abdominoplasty) is a form of a mini and is best suited for patients with a protruding abdomen but small amounts of excess skin. It is far less invasive than a full and has less side effects and complications. No skin is removed during an endoscopic Tummy Tuck. The surgeon performs the procedure through several small incisions along the pubic bone and belly button so scars are hardly visible or easily concealed. The surgeon uses long slender instruments (endoscope - small camera attached to small surgical instruments) to tighten the abdominal muscles and suture them into place. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour of the abdomen during the procedure.

Where Can I Get One?

They are performed at hospitals, at the surgeons office (facility) or medical clinic. Start your search by contacting the local plastic surgeons in your area.

Where can I find an one that's affordable?

Affordable means different things to different people. If cost is a big factor in your decision to get a tummy tuck, why not start off by doing all you can to get healthy, fit and down to your ideal weight. The less work the surgeon has to do, the less the overall cost and impact to your body. Once you are prime condition then start shopping around for a "bargain" just like you would for anything else. Costs vary from city to city and from state to state. Just remember to check out your surgeon and facility thoroughly.

  

How much does an abdominal lift surgery cost?

I was "lifted" on the front, sides and back of my mid-section area (everything but my inner thighs) and it cost me $11,200. See a breakdown of my costs.

Do I have to fast before the surgery?

I did not have to fast, but I felt it would be a good idea to eat lightly for a few days before the operation. My medical instructions were not to eat or drink anything after midnight before the day of surgery.

For a complete list of how to prepare for your surgery see my Preparation for Surgery Checklist.

Weight Gain After Tummy Tuck?

Gaining weight back after your operation will always be on your mind. If you don't change lifestyle eating habits, the weight will come again and you will be right back where you

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Coviello (Tanner) is a former aerospace engineer who specialized in hypergolic propellants. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammo.

 

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