Abdominoplasty is an excellent option for women and men with sagging abdominal skin, pockets of stubborn belly fat, and stretched out abdominal muscles who want to restore the flat appearance of their stomach. At HealthPartners Plastic Surgery, we want you to feel good about yourself. Our experienced surgeons will recommend the best options to get the results you want. It is important for you to feel cared for and be comfortable before having a procedure. We are dedicated to providing our patients in Woodbury and St. Paul with outstanding results form their abdominoplasty.
What Is Abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominal contouring or abdominoplasty, is done to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. This can change the appearance of a protruding abdomen but will leave a permanent scar.
There are different reasons to have a tummy tuck. Some common reasons include:
- To reduce fat deposits in the abdomen
- To remove loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise
- To tighten abdominal muscles and skin that may have been stretched due to pregnancy, also known as diastases
Weight Loss or Future Pregnancy Following Abdominoplasty
If you intend to lose a lot of weight, you should wait until the weight is lost to have a tummy tuck. In addition, if you have had previous bariatric surgery, the tummy tuck surgery may be more difficult and provide less reliable results. The length of your recovery may also be longer.
You should wait to have a tummy tuck if you plan to be pregnant again. Vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened during a tummy tuck and they will separate again during pregnancy.
Scarring After Abdominoplasty
The scar from a tummy tuck will be permanent but will follow natural lines and fade with time. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck, the scar could go from hip to hip. Scars could be unusually prominent if you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery.
Location of fat deposits
The location of your fat deposits is important to determine the type of procedure that is best for you. If fat deposits are below your navel, a mini-tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty may work for you. This procedure is less complex than a full tummy tuck. If fat deposits are also located on your hips, liposuction alone or in conjunction with a tummy tuck may offer the best body contour.
Skin tone or elasticity
A tummy tuck will not change the elasticity of your skin. Tissue that has lost its elasticity may tend to re-stretch slightly even after being made tighter with a tummy tuck.
Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are to be expected following abdominoplasty. Discomfort and pain can be managed with medication. You will need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks of your recovery to help manage swelling and provide support. Most patients need to take about two weeks off of work to properly recover.
The Cost of Abdominoplasty
The cost of your tummy tuck will depend on the type of procedure performed and the other factors. We do offer financing options to help make paying for your tummy tuck more manageable.
Schedule a Consultation
Each tummy tuck surgery is based on an individual’s body and goals. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to answer any questions you may have and provide our recommendation on what we think is best for your situation. You will be well taken care of at HealthPartners Plastic Surgery in Woodbury and St. Paul. We are confident you will be pleased with the results.