Tummy Tuck Cost, Overview and Before and After
The Tummy Tuck
Thinking of getting a tummy tuck, concerned about tummy tuck costs and procedures? Look no further! This article is an uncompromising and honest overview of what to expect from this popular cosmetic surgery.
The tummy tuck, or less colloquially an “Abdominoplasty”, is a surgical procedure which aims to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen in order to make it firmer. There are varying degrees of surgery that can be performed; from a mini-tummy tuck to combining the operation with liposuction, breast reduction (for those suffering from Gynecomastia) and a breast lift. As a consequence, tummy tuck costs can also vary greatly (more on this at the end of the article).
What To Expect
An abdominoplasty (whether full or partial) is an operation performed under general anesthetic, and thus subject to risk like any other surgical procedure. You will need to be fully screen by a doctor before the operation, including an evaluation of your medical history, medications and current state of health. In general, however, most people will find that they qualify. Even if you do qualify, make sure you are aware of tummy tuck risks and potential side-effects. These include:
- General Anesthesia complications
- Damage to internal organs
- Nerve damage
- Visible scars
Note: This is not an exhaustive list! For a comprehensive list of side-effects it is generally recommended to ask your doctor, who will give you a personalized breakdown of what to expect based on your personal history and status.
Not for the squeamish!
Tummy Tuck Operation and Post-Procedure
During surgery the surgeon will perform an incision that runs from hip-to-hip just above the pubic hairline, and excess fat and skin will be removed while separated abdominal muscles will be stitched together. For more information please follow this tummy tuck link to learn more about the procedure itself.
After the procedure expect some discomfort for several days. You will probably be prescribed a form of pain medication and told not to put pressure on the abdomen. An elastic support is usually provided to ease the pain and release pressure and will be worn for a couple of weeks. Your hospital stay, save complications should not exceed a handful of days and you can realistically return to work within a month!
About The Scars...
At first, your scars may seem frightful, but you can expect them to dim, flatten and discolor over 3-6 months. Bear in mind that swelling, fluid accumulation and bruising, while rare, can occur. These complications can be addressed and rarely last very long, the best way to deal with them is to refrain from trumping the healing process by smoking, taking certain drugs (notable Aspirin), avoiding direct sunlight on the wound.
Tummy Tuck Cost
In the main, depending on the nature of your abdominoplasty expect to pay anything between $3000 and $20,000 for the procedure. Your best bet is to find a cosmetic surgeon and ask them to help you get exactly what you want at an agreeable price.
The purpose and aim of this article is not to sell you anything, so I advise doing some online and offline research. I have added a few good starting points in the capsule to the right.
Prognosis and Conclusion
Despite the often frightful facets and images that surround cosmetic surgery, tummy tucks are largely successful and have exceeded the expectations of many people around the world. I hope you enjoyed this article, or at the very least you have a clearer idea of what to expect. If you do opt to go through with it I wish you the very best of luck! Feel free to leave me any comments, suggestions or flat-out criticism in the comments section below and I'll make the appropriate changes or remarks ;)
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