Maybe you once had a tight, "washboard" abdomen, but ever since your last pregnancy you just can't get your old shape back. Or maybe you've always had a soft, prominent "belly" that you could only dream would go away. Fortunately, a procedure known as an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can remove excess folds of skin and fat and tighten your abdominal muscles to create a leaner, flatter, and more well defined abdomen.
Find out if a tummy tuck is right for restoring your figure: Call Indianapolis Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata at (317) 565-1009 for a private consultation.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
In a tummy tuck, an extended "bikini line" incision is made, excess skin and fat are removed, and your abdominal muscles are tightened to flatten out the bulge. After a tummy tuck, a compression garment is worn for 4 to 6 weeks. Most normal activities can be resumed 7-10 days after surgery except for activities that strain the abdominal muscle repair, such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.These activities are restricted for 4 to 6 weeks.
Tummy Tuck Types
There are three tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) techniques that Dr. Fata uses:
In the mini-tummy tuck, a "crescent-shaped" segment of excess skin and fat is removed above the pubic hairline and the lower abdominal muscles are tightened. This technique works well for women with small to moderate amounts of excess skin and fat. In some cases, the muscle tightening may be extended to the upper abdomen to get the best result.
If the amount of excess abdominal skin and fat is large enough to wrap your hands around, or if you have loose upper abdominal skin or extensive stretch marks, you will probably need a standard, or full, tummy tuck. In this technique, more skin and fat is removed than with the mini-tummy tuck, the upper and lower abdominal muscles are tightened and the belly button is preserved by bringing it through a new opening in the tightened skin.
The extended tummy tuck is similar to the standard technique except that significantly larger amounts of skin and fat are removed. This technique is generally reserved for patients who have lost large amounts of weight, typically 75-100 pounds. Dr. Fata will be able to determine which technique will work the best for you only after an office consultation and thorough physical examination.
Dr. Fata has used his personal technique of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to give many women a flat, sculpted, and more athletic-appearing abdomen. It is a safe and predictable technique, and it has become one of our most popular procedures.
To assist you as you gather information on the procedure of abdominoplasty, Dr. Fata has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions based on his extensive experience with patients who have had a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Cost
The cost of abdominoplasty varies by type and by the amount of time Dr. Fata estimates the procedure will take. This price includes the surgeon's fee, anesthesiologist's fee, surgery center facility fee, and all of the post-operative care by Dr. Fata.
The mini-tummy tuck has an estimated cost of $4,850 but may be a little higher if the muscle repair involves the entire abdomen.
The estimated total cost of a standard tummy tuck is about $6,200, and it also includes the cost of an overnight 23 hour stay at the surgery center ($500), which is necessary for this procedure.
The estimated total cost of the extended tummy tuck is about $7,200. If other procedures, such as liposuction, are performed there will be additional fees but a discount is usually applied. The exact cost for abdominoplasty surgery can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Fata; the $50 consult fee will be deducted from the total when you pay for your surgery.
To find out if you're a candidate for tummy tuck surgery, please call (317) 565-1009 or contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery online today. Dr. Joseph Fata is based in Indianapolis, and he serves patients throughout Indiana and all states of the Midwest.