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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

The abdomen can be a troublesome area of the body for men and women trying to maintain a toned, athletic-looking silhouette. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, genetics, and the natural aging process can all contribute to accumulated skin and folds around the abdominal region. With a tummy tuck, our plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cohen is able to remove any redundant skin to give the abdomen a smoother, firmer appearance.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is primarily designed to remove excess skin around the abdomen. However, this procedure is also commonly used to repair stretched or torn abdominal muscles. Consequently, a tummy tuck can be particularly advantageous for mothers with a protruding abdomen who wish to regain their pre-pregnancy figure. For patients who are seeking to further enhance the results of this popular body contouring procedure, a tummy tuck may be combined with liposuction to simultaneously remove isolated pockets of excess fat. With an artistic eye, Dr. Cohen helps his patients achieve results that look natural while providing a more fit, youthful silhouette.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Every tummy tuck procedure is customized by Dr. Cohen to suit the unique needs and goals of the patient. The benefits of abdominoplasty may include:

  • Reduced excess abdominal skin
  • Tightened or repaired abdominal muscles
  • Smooth, taut abdomen
  • Minimized appearance of stretch marks
  • Umbilical hernia correction
  • A slimmer waistline

With the addition of liposuction, patients can also benefit from the removal of stubborn abdominal fat deposits. Some mothers choose to incorporate a tummy tuck into a Mommy Makeover procedure for a more comprehensive body rejuvenation.

Outline of Typical Tummy Tuck Procedure

Duration of Surgery: 3-4 hours, depending upon technique
Anesthesia Type: General anesthesia
Hospital Status: Outpatient
Post-Operative: Mild soreness, swelling, and bruising
Surgical Risks: Blood clots or infection can occur as a result of tummy tuck surgery; however, Dr. Cohen is highly experienced at employing techniques to reduce associated risks.
Duration of Recovery: One week before returning to work, four weeks of avoiding strenuous exercise, and several months for scars to fade.
Results: Results are typically long-lasting. Dr. Cohen recommends a nutritious diet and regular exercise to maintain best results. Pregnancy and childbirth after tummy tuck surgery may compromise the longevity of the outcome.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

As with any surgery, patients should expect mild swelling, soreness, and bruising. These side effects should resolve quickly, and oral pain medication can be used to manage any discomfort. Most patients will resume work or their normal daily activities one week after tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Cohen recommends patients avoid lifting heavy objects or strenuous exercise for about four weeks.

Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery

There are many factors that can influence the cost of your customized tummy tuck procedure, including the volume of excess skin, the complexity of the procedure, whether or not liposuction is performed, the experience of the plastic surgeon, and the geographic location of the practice. The exact price will depend upon these variables, but the average cost range of tummy tuck surgery at our practice is $8,000 to $15,000. Dr. Cohen can provide you with quote for your customized tummy tuck at the conclusion of your initial consultation. We offer a number of plastic surgery financing options that can provide qualifying patients with low to no interest loans as well as low monthly payments.

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For more information about how tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen, please contact us today.