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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. An umbilicoplasty (belly button surgery) may also be performed during the tummy tuck procedure to help reshape the navel, if needed. With an artistic eye, Dr. Cohen helps his patients achieve results that look natural while providing a more fit, youthful silhouette.

What Are the 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. 

What Does the Tummy Tuck Procedure Involve?

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.

Once Dr. Cohen has determined that a tummy tuck is the best option for your unique needs, he will design the customized treatment plan and go over all aspects of the procedure with you. A full tummy tuck surgery involves the creation of an incision from one hip to the other, just above the pubic region. Dr. Cohen will remove excess skin, pull the abdominal muscles taut, and redrape the remaining skin to enhance abdominal contours and create a firmer appearance. In most tummy tuck procedures, the navel will also be repositioned. If abdominal liposuction is also necessary for the best results, it can typically be performed in tandem with tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy tuck procedures are performed under general anesthesia and do not usually require an overnight hospital stay. 

What Can I Expect During 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. 

What Will the Scars from Tummy Tuck Surgery Look Like? 

A full tummy tuck procedure will result in an abdominal scar from hip to hip. Although the nature of this procedure makes residual scarring inevitable, it is important to note that the scar is often easily concealed under clothing (even swimwear). Also, the scar should fade to some degree as time passes. 

Can You Get Pregnant After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Pregnancy is still possible after tummy tuck surgery; however, our plastic surgeon typically recommends that patients undergo this procedure once they have already completed their families. A tummy tuck is often able to reverse the physical effects that pregnancy has on the abdominal region. If one becomes pregnant after a tummy tuck, the muscles can become stretched again and a collection of excess skin and fat may return, which would likely require a secondary tummy tuck surgery to correct. 

How Much Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost? 

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 a 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.

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.