Tummy Tuck Overview
After pregnancy, weight loss or just plain aging, many people find themselves with excess skin and fat around the belly and decreased strength and tone of the muscles beneath. Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” addresses these problems for both women and men. The result is improved body contour and a smoother shape to the abdomen.
- A tummy tuck removes extra stretched skin (from pregnancy or large weight loss), tightens the inner tummy support (from pregnancy) and shapes the waist by removing excess fat
- A tummy tuck can correct a “hanging tummy” or a “poochy tummy” to create a flat tummy.
Tummy Tuck FAQ's
What is the recovery after a tummy tuck?
You will be able to walk, standing upright, without being bent over, starting the night of surgery. You will continue a post-operative walking regimen daily for the first week. Our goal is for every patient to be able to do 80% of their regular pre-op activities by the middle of the second week. This means returning to work, driving carpool, caring for the family. Aggressive or strenuous activity is gradually re-introduced.
Is a tummy tuck painful?
Being able to walk upright even the evening of surgery allows your body to get back to “being normal” as quickly as possible. You will have a multi-tiered pain management program that minimizes the grogginess from narcotic dependence. The majority of the pain comes from the muscle or inner tightening. This pain is controlled at the source of discomfort with an skinny pain catheter. Any break though pain is managed with muscle relaxants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication or narcotics.
What does a tummy tuck cost?
Total costs for a tummy tuck including professional anesthesia care (MD), credentialed, accredited surgical facility (OR and Recovery) and surgical fees (all professional care) will range from: $6500-$10,500.
Is a tummy tuck safe?
All tummy tucks are performed in our AAAASF accredited facility and recover in our private surgical suite overnight with skilled surgical nurses. Throughout your surgical experience, you will be exclusively cared for by two highly experienced board certified doctors (Dr. Ditesheim and the anesthesiologist) and 2 very experienced professional nurses. Over the last 13 years, no patient has required emergency transfer to the hospital from our operating facility and no person has had a life-threatening event. There has never been a death in our facility.
Where is the tummy tuck scar?
The tummy tuck scar is placed low on the torso, just above the pubic area so it will be concealed by a bathing suit or panties. Without tension, the scar will heal without pain and will fade with time.
Tummy Tuck Testimonials
"I was nervous about having a tummy tuck and how the scars might appear. Dr. Ditesheim took his time with me and addressed all of my concerns."
"I underwent a tummy tuck and liposuction shaping which allowed me drop two dress sizes! The results have been easy for me to maintain..."
"Dr. Ditesheim is sincerely caring. You just know that you’ve made the right choice when you meet him."
“My tummy scar looks excellent, it’s great! I keep looking great, I am very pleased.”
"The thing I liked best about Dr. Ditesheim is that he took so much time with me and didn’t make me feel rushed. He wanted to make sure we were doing exactly what I wanted and needed to boost my self confidence!"
Tummy Tuck In Depth Learning
During the tummy tuck surgery, the excess fat and skin from your middle and lower abdomen is removed and the inner girdle of the abdominal wall is tightened. A tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel. The shape and length of the incision....read more
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