What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is a surgical body sculpting technique that eliminates fat and skin while tightening the abdominal muscles to produce a firm, contoured stomach. The stomach is a common problem area for men and women of all ages, even those with strict diet and exercise routines. These problems can be worsened by pregnancy or the natural aging process. If you've developed stubborn fat or sagging skin in the abdominal region, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a sculpted appearance. As a result, you can enjoy enhanced muscle definition and improved confidence.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
At Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, we take a personalized approach to every tummy tuck procedure. This means that the cost of your treatment will depend on variables such as your personal preferences and unique cosmetic goals. As a result, we cannot provide you with the exact cost of treatment until you visit us in-office for a consultation. If you are concerned about the cost of your treatment, we are proud to offer plastic surgery financing to help make our treatments more affordable. In addition, we offer CosmetAssure insurance with every cosmetic surgery, so you can go into your treatment with confidence and peace of mind.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck serves the same purpose as a traditional tummy tuck, but utilizes smaller incisions and addresses a smaller area of the stomach. A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter recovery period and results in less scarring, so it may be ideal for patients looking for a less-invasive treatment. The mini tummy tuck only targets the area of the stomach below the belly button, so it is best suited for patients looking to address stubborn fat instead of overall muscle definition.
What is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Like?
The tummy tuck procedure is performed with general anesthesia in order to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure. During the procedure, incisions will be made in the belly button and along the pubic hairline. Through these incisions, we will remove excess skin and fat to produce a firm appearance. We will also tighten the abdominal muscles to enhance muscle definition and further enhance the contours of the stomach. After the desired results are achieved, we will close the incisions, completing the treatment.
What is Recovery Like Following a Tummy Tuck?
After a tummy tuck, you can expect varying bruising and swelling around the treatment area. We will apply drains to the treatment area, which allow fluids to escape the treatment area for a smooth recovery. You may have to take two weeks or more off of work and other activities in order to heal and allow these effects to subside. You will have to avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for at least a month after treatment in order to ensure proper recovery, and swelling may persist during this time.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck procedure removes fat and skin from the body, producing results that can be permanent if well-cared for. Patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet and exercise habits to ensure that their results last as long as possible, as weight gain can affect these results.
If you are interested in a tummy tuck procedure at Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. We welcome patients from Knoxville, Powell, Loudon, and the neighboring communities of East Tennessee.