What is it? The removal of excess fat from the abdomen, often together with tightening of abdominal muscles.
Normal healing time: A few weeks for initial recovery, followed by several more weeks for swelling to ease completely.
Average price in the US: $4000 - $20,000 or higher depending on the extent of the procedure.
the battle of the bulge, a tummy tuck is a medical victory over middle-aged spread,
or as a technique to tighten up the stomach, eliminate stretch marks and remove
excess skin following pregnancy or extreme weight loss.
is a tummy tuck?
procedure, technically called abdominoplasty, involves the removal of excess skin
and fat from the abdomen and, often, tightening up the abdominal muscles. The
results are a flatter stomach and in some cases, a smaller waist. To help in the
removal of excess fat, a tummy tuck is sometimes used in combination with liposuction.
Types of tummy tucks
two most common procedures are the full tummy tuck, which usually requires a hospital
stay, and the "mini tummy tuck" which is usually done on an outpatient
basis. Depending on its extent, the average cost for abdominoplasty ranges anywhere
from $4,000 to $20,000.
mini involves less skin removal and results in a smaller scar. The full tummy
tuck normally will leave a scar across a large part of the lower abdomen, in the
area known as the bikini line. The scar is hidden by clothes... and even by all
but the skimpiest bikinis.
surgery, residual bruising and swelling is expected and patients are usually advised
to avoid sitting up for long periods. Overall, tummy tuck recovery time usually
takes longer than any other cosmetic procedure. This is partly due to the time
it takes the abdominal muscles to recover and to the scarring that may be noticeable
for up to 12 months following surgery.
More information about tummy tucks around
out more about tummy tucks at top sites offering expert opinion, pictures and
illustrations, questions to ask your doctor, facts on who makes an ideal candidate
for the procedure, and more information on abdominoplasty....
- Information on who makes the best candidates for a tummy tuck, planning and
preparing for surgery, types of anesthesia, description of surgery, post-operative
care and recovery.
Tuck - Procedures - Illustrated guide to the initial evaluation,
a discussion on insurance coverage, tummy tuck techniques, risks
and benefits, a description of the surgery, recovery and post-operative
Tuck - Board Certified Plastic Surgeons - Extensive facts and
info on the tummy tuck procedure, related risks and complications, estimated costs,
a discussion on endoscopic, lower and reconstructive abdominoplasty, and related before
and after photos.
- Wikipedia - Good overview with information on what the procedure involves
including details on complete or partial abdominoplasty, recovery time and average
costs, with related references and resources.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice. All treatment
decisions should be made by medical professionals.