A full tummy tuck, also known as a standard tummy tuck, was the first procedure described to treat excess skin, fat, and muscle weakness in the abdominal region.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, call Indianapolis Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata to learn about the benefits of this procedure: (317) 565-1009. Dr. Fata will explain the different tummy tuck options to see if you need a full tummy tuck or if a more limited procedure would work.
Tummy Tuck Technique
In a full tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made along the “bikini line” above the pubic hairline. The length of the incision and subsequent scar depends on the amount of excess skin and fat. Dr. Fata will keep the scar as short as possible while still removing all of the excess skin and fat.
The excess skin is lifted away from the muscles and removed. The navel is preserved and brought out through a new opening in the tightened abdominal skin to maintain its proper location. The abdominal wall muscles are tightened in the midline with stitches and the skin is carefully closed.
After your consultation with Dr. Fata, you will know if this is the procedure you need. In the mean time, here are a couple of guidelines:
If your loose skin is extensive to wrap your hands around, you probably need a full tummy tuck. If you have extensive stretch marks or loose upper abdominal skin, you probably need a full tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Dr. Fata performs the tummy tuck procedure at the Carmel Ambulatory Surgery Center in Carmel, Indiana near his Indianapolis office. You will need general anesthesia and an overnight, or 23 hour, stay.
As in other types of tummy tucks, an abdominal compression garment, a medical-grade “girdle”, will be used to help control swelling and protect the muscle repair. This garment can be removed to bathe but you will need to wear it for 6 weeks.
You will need one week off from work and most normal activities. The discomfort typically improves about 48 hours after surgery and most women feel a lot better in one week.
After the first week, you can begin to resume your normal activities. The only restrictions will be no strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for six weeks.
Tummy Tuck Cost
The approximate cost of a full tummy tuck at the Carmel surgical center is about $6,020. This price includes Dr. Fata’s fee, the anesthesiologist and surgery center facility fee, and all follow-up care by Dr. Fata.
To help you as you gather information on mini-tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Fata has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions based on his extensive experience with the tummy tuck procedure.
Learn more information about Tummy Tuck Recovery.
Dr. Joseph Fata performs tummy tuck surgery for his patients in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana. Call Renaissance Plastic Surgery at (317) 565-1009 or contact Dr. Fata online to schedule a consultation.