It is often a difficult and fruitless struggle to naturally achieve the abdominal definition you desire. For many men and women, a traditional diet and exercise regimen simply doesn’t provide them with the toned and lean stomach area they want. A number of factors can contribute to this struggle: weight gain or loss, pregnancy, genetics, and aging. Tummy tuck surgery ensures that you gain a leaner, more toned abdominal contour by tightening the muscles and eliminating excess skin and fat.
You will experience bruising and swelling following your surgery. Drains and an abdominal binder are used to minimize swelling and prevent the development of a seroma. Dr. Baker will personally see you the day following your surgery to ensure you are healing properly. After one week, you will need to wear a compression garment in addition to the binder.
Most patients can return to work after one week but will need to limit physical activities for three to four weeks following the procedure. Most patients can resume their regular exercise routine after four weeks with Dr. Baker’s permission. After six weeks, most major swelling should subside and the final results will become visible.
Dr. Baker uses fine incisions placed in easily concealed locations to hide any scarring. They are usually placed low in the bikini area so underwear or a swimsuit will mask its appearance. The severity of your scarring will depend on your body’s natural healing process. Almost all scarring is likely to fade over time.
The exact cost of your tummy tuck will depend on the extent of correction required to achieve your results. Surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees will all affect the ultimate cost of your tummy tuck. Dr. Baker will provide you with a detailed cost during your consultation.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the safest and most painless procedure possible. You might experience some discomfort the first several days following your surgery, but this can be controlled with oral pain medication. For patients who require more extensive pain relief, we offer EXPAREL®, which is a local numbing agent utilized at the end of your procedure to provide long-lasting pain control.
- Where will my tummy tuck be performed?
- Will liposuction and my tummy tuck be performed during the same surgery?
- Will I be able to have children following a tummy tuck?
- How long after my weight loss do I need to wait before undergoing tummy tuck surgery?
- Are there any complications associated with tummy tuck surgery?