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Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
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A procedure used to give you a tighter, flatter stomach and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your lower abdomen.

Length of Surgery

Complete abdominoplasty – 1-5 hours, mini abdominoplasty – 1-2 hours


Usually outpatient with a 1-2 night stay


General, sometimes local with sedation

Back to work in...

2-4 weeks

Back to the gym in...

6 weeks

Treatment Frequency



Infection, hematoma, numbness, nerve damage, unusual scarring, damage to nerves, damage to internal organs, pulmonary embolism

Duration of results


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Tummy Tuck Surgery Costs*

  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Tummy Tuck surgery is approximately $5,263. The cost of a tummy tuck includes three fees: the anesthesia fee, the facility fee, and the surgeon's fee. The surgeon's fee is the most difficult to predict without first knowing the extent of the procedure and the qualifications of the cosmetic surgeon.

The anaesthesiology fee is typically $500 to $700, and the facility fee is $700 to $1,000. The surgeon's fee is typically $3,500 to $6,000.

The more skin and fat to be removed, the longer the time in surgery, and the higher the abdominoplasty cost. The overall cost of a tummy tuck also depends on a variety of factors like the age of the patient, their weight and the state of their health. You may also need to pay for follow-up visits required by some doctors.

Tummy tucks can be performed in an office surgical suite, but in many cases they are performed in a hospital. This will also influence the abdominoplasty prices. Some patients stay overnight in the hospital, which also increases the total fee.

It is very important to choose a highly skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeon from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who has extensive, specific abdominoplasty experience. Be sure to ask your surgeon about surgical training and board certification when you investigate the cost for surgical abdominoplasty. Though these surgeons command higher fees, they can also help to ensure the most appropriate treatment for your condition, the most appropriate techniques, increase your odds of success, and reduce the risk of complications.

Most cosmetic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible abdominoplasty financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

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Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

The ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are patients in relatively good physical shape, who are unhappy with an excess of skin or fat in the abdominal area that is resistant to exercise. Often women who have been through pregnancy and childbirth have a laxity of underlying muscles which makes it very difficult for mothers to achieve a flat and firm tummy again. This is because the skin and muscles have stretched beyond the point where they can naturally return to their normal location and shape.

Other ideal candidates for abdominoplasty procedures are those who have lost a significant of weight and have excess sagging skin in the abdominal area. Older patients, who may have lost skin elasticity or have sagging skin due to the ageing process, are also good candidates for tummy tuck procedures.

It is essential that before you undergo an abdominoplasty procedure that you understand what happens during and after the operation, and that you have realistic expectations. Body contour and appearance can be greatly enhanced and improved by having a tummy tuck, which will repair and tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess sagging skin. Your appearance after you have recovered from the tummy tuck surgery will improve, which may give you increased self-confidence. However, ensure that you are having the procedure for the right reasons, and not to please somebody else.

You must also be prepared for the fact that abdominoplasty operations leave a permanent scar, normally across the full width of the bikini line. However, a good surgeon will ensure that the incision is made in such a way and in such a location that it can be easily hidden behind your underwear.

You should not consider tummy tuck surgery if:

  1. You are a woman who is considering further pregnancies the muscles pulled together and repaired during the tummy tuck procedure can separate again during pregnancy.
  2. You are very overweight.
  3. You are diabetic.
  4. You are a smoker and/or have poor circulation.
  5. You have visible scars from past abdominal surgeries (e.g. stomach stapling, appendectomy, a hernia operation etc) and dont want further scarring on your body.

What is a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Tummy tuck surgery (or abdominoplasty) is a procedure used to give you a tighter, flatter stomach and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your lower abdomen. This type of surgery is performed on patients who have skin and abdominal wall slackness after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Abdominoplasty surgery offers a solution by flattening the slack skin and tightening the muscles of the relaxed tummy wall, and if needed, excess subcutaneous fatty tissue can be removed as well.

Tummy tuck surgery not only results in a better appearance and function, but it also stops the slackening process of the abdominal wall. The results can be long-lasting, expecially if you exercise, eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight after your operation.

Tummy tuck surgery can give you a tighter, flatter stomach and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your lower abdomen. The operation can remove folds of skin left behind after losing a lot of weight, and tighten stretched skin and muscles after pregnancy in women who don't plan to have another baby. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for losing weight through regular physical activity and a healthy, balanced diet, and cannot be used for weight control.

If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, you should have a full consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, followed by a full and comprehensive medical examination.

A tummy tuck usually requires a one or two night stay in hospital and is done under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the procedure. With a general anesthetic you must typically not eat or drink for about six hours beforehand. However some anaesthetists allow occasional sips of water until two hours before the abdominoplasty procedure.

The incision and resulting scar runs closely above the pubic hair within the entire width between the hip bones, and is situated where it is easily covered with underwear along its entire length. In addition to removing excess skin slack, tummy tuck surgery also includes the transfer of the navel to a new position, reinforcement of the abdominal wall by suturing loose tummy muscles, and subcutaneous tissue removal if required.

The operation times vary, depending on the extent of the abdominoplasty operation. There are three types of tummy tuck depending on how much skin and fat you want removed, and your surgeon will explain which type is most suitable for you after a full consultation. A complete abdominoplasty can take one to five hours. A partial abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) can be completed in one to two hours.

The three types are:

Standard tummy tuck

Your abdominoplasty surgeon makes surgical cuts into your abdomen and above your bikini line. Your belly button is cut from the surrounding skin. Stretched or torn muscles are pulled together and stitched into place and excess fat is removed. Your skin is then pulled down and the excess trimmed off. Your belly button will then be repositioned to fit the new shape of your tummy.

The cuts are closed with stitches and your lower abdomen is firmly strapped with bandages. You will have a scar around your belly button and a long curved scar along your bikini line, which can usually sit behind the line of your underwear.

Mini tummy tuck

Only the skin and fat below your belly button is removed leaving a long curved scar along your bikini line.

Extended tummy tuck

Excess skin and fat from your abdomen and your back is removed by your abdominoplasty surgeon. You will have a scar around your belly button and a long curved scar along your bikini line and around your back.

In preparation for your operation your abdominoplasty surgeon may ask you to:

  1. Lose weight You will get the optimum result from your tummy tuck operation if you are the correct weight for your height.
  2. Stop taking the contraceptive pill six weeks before surgery and use an alternative method of contraception - this reduces the risk of blood clotting (thrombosis) which can be extremely serious.
  3. Give up smoking smoking increases your risk of chest or wound infection, and will slow your recovery.
  4. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

When you arrive at the hospital for your tummy tuck operation, your nurse will explain how you will be cared for, and do some tests including checking your heart rate and blood pressure, and testing your urine. Your surgeon will then usually visit you to discuss the operation and ask you to sign a consent form. This confirms that you understand the risks, benefits and possible alternatives to the procedure and that you give your consent for the abdominoplasty procedure to go ahead. Your surgeon may mark the operation site by drawing lines on your tummy, and with your consent may take photographs so that the results of your abdominoplasty before and after can be compared.

You will then be prepared for theatre, and you will be asked to wear compression stockings to help prevent blood clots forming in the veins in your legs. You will also be measured for a support garment to wear after the operation to aid your healing and recovery.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure Steps

Complete abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required, and partial abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) may take an hour or two.

Step 1 - Anesthesia

The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your abdominoplasty surgeon will recommend the best choice for you. If you have general anesthesia you will sleep through the operation. Depending on your medical history, your surgeon may use local anesthesia combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and your abdominal region will be insensitive to pain, though you may feel a tugging sensation or some discomfort.

Step 2 - The incisions

A complete (or full) abdominoplasty involves:

  1. A horizontal incision is made from hip to hip between the pubic area and navel. The shape and length of incision depends on the degree of correction needed.
  2. Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin.
  3. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia to be tightened. The muscle fascia wall is tightened with sutures.
  4. The remaining skin and fat are tightened by removing the excess and closing the defect.
  5. The old belly button stalk is brought out through a new hole and sutured into place.
  6. Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zones of the abdominal sculpture.
  7. A dressing and sometimes a compression garment are applied and any excess fluid from the site is drained.
A partial (mini) abdominoplasty involves:
  1. A smaller incision is made.
  2. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed.
  3. Sometimes the belly button stalk is divided from the muscle below and the belly button slid down lower on the abdominal wall.
  4. Sometimes a portion of the abdominal muscle fascia wall is tightened.
  5. Liposuction is often used to contour the transition zone.
  6. The flap is stitched back into place.

Step 3 - Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips are used to close the skin incisions.

Step 4 - The results

When you wake up from the abdominoplasty surgery you will experience some temporary symptoms such as pain and discomfort for the first few days. Your doctor will prescribe you some pain relief for this. Your abdomen will be swollen and bruised and you may experience some residual bleeding. It is normal to experience a feeling of numbness below your belly button and some patients feel nauseous and find themselves vomiting after surgery due to the anesthesia.

You will need to wear a special pressure garment over the area that was operated on in order to aid in healing and to decrease the amount of swelling that takes place. You may have a catheter (a fine tube) fitted to drain urine from your bladder into a bag. This means that you don't have to get up to go to the toilet straight after the operation. You may also have fine plastic tubes (drains) running from under the skin on your tummy for up to 48 hours which allow blood and fluids to drain into a bag. You may have a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated.

If your abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following your tummy tuck operation.

Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight, and within a week or two you will be able to see your new, slimmer profile.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

Abdominoplasty surgery recovery times vary depending on the extent of the tummy tuck operation, and surgical techniques used. After surgical abdominoplasty patients stay overnight and usually stay for a further two or three days. The bandage should be changed one week after the tummy tuck surgery operation. Rest is recommended for about two weeks after a surgical tummy tuck. You will normally be able to go back to work after about two to four weeks, but avoid doing any strenuous activity for six weeks.

While you are still in the hospital, the catheter will usually be taken out during the first day. You may feel uncomfortable to begin with and have sudden urges to urinate, or have some difficulty emptying your bladder which should go within 24 hours. You will be wearing the compression garment, which supports your abdomen and helps you to heal, and will probably feel a sensation of skin pulling and tenderness in the affected areas. These are common side effects, and will disappear in a couple of weeks. Don't strain or stretch the healing wound as this will increase swelling and slow your recovery. Continue wearing your support garment for at least a month.

Stitches in your skin are usually removed in five to seven days. Deeper stitches are taken out two to three weeks after surgery. Ensure that you attend all follow-up exams with your doctor.

When you go home, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine and ask your pharmacist for advice.

Full abdominoplasty recovery can take between three and six months, and your scars will continue to fade after that time.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Side Effects and Surgery Risks

The best way to minimize the side effects and risks caused by surgical abdominoplasty is to find a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon to do your tummy tuck operation. However, as each patient varies greatly in their anatomy, medical history, physical reactions and their capacity for healing, the outcome of abdominoplasty, as with any other operation, is unpredictable.

Surgical abdominoplasty is commonly performed and generally considered safe. However, in order to make an informed decision and give your consent, you must to be aware of the possible side-effects and the potential risk of complications from this operation.

Abdominoplasty side effects that can occur include:

  • Nausea or vomiting as a result of the anesthetic
  • Considerable bruising - this can take a month to clear
  • Swelling - this usually settles after a few months
  • Scarring - this will fade over the course of a year, but a permanent scar will remain

Possible complications and risks after abdominoplasty surgery include:

  • Infection - which may require antibiotics and possibly further surgery
  • Hematoma - bleeding under the skin which may require further surgery to stop the bleeding and drain the area
  • Numbness - this may be temporary, lasting several months, but can be permanent
  • Uneven contour
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Poor healing more likely if you are a smoker
  • Nerve damage
  • Possibility of revision surgery
  • Damage to internal organs - this may require surgery to repair, but can be fatal
  • Unusually red or raised scars (keloids) - which can take a long time to heal
  • Pulmonary embolism - a blood clot can form in the blood vessels and move to the lungs, which is life-threatening.

You can reduce the abdominoplasty risks by following your abdominoplasty surgeons advice before and after the operation.

Questions to Ask a Surgeon About a Tummy Tuck Surgery

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about tummy tuck surgery. Here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  • Am I a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
  • Are my described expectations realistic?
  • Where is the surgery performed?
  • How long will the procedure take?
  • What kind of anesthesia is used?
  • What is your experience in performing tummy tuck surgery?
  • Can I see your qualifications?
  • Ask to see any tummy tuck photographs of recent surgeries?
  • What percentages of your tummy tuck surgery patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  • Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  • How much will my tummy tuck surgery cost?
  • Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  • Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  • Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  • What is the recovery and healing period for tummy tuck surgery? When can I resume full normal activity?
  • Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
  • Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


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Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about Tummy Tuck Surgery procedures; click here for an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself plastic surgeon.