A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that removes saggy skin and repairs muscles in the abdomen. It is often combined with liposuction for better body contouring results. The price depends on several factors including the type of abdominoplasty performed and extra procedures added. At Surgicare Arts & Aesthetics, a standard tummy tuck will cost you $9,700 and more, and a mini tummy tuck will be $5,900 and more.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
The abdominal area consists of a series of muscles that provide core support for the body. These muscles are covered with a layer of fat giving this area a smooth appearance. Firm, toned abdominal muscles and a flat belly are aesthetically pleasing and many strive to reach this goal through a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations can leave behind damaged muscles and extra fat that hides the natural anatomy of the area. Tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is recommended for patients who have tried to tone the tummy area but have handing skin, stubborn fat, or muscle separation that cannot be addressed with diet and exercise.
What Are The Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery offers both cosmetic benefits and medical benefits and is often the only option for correcting muscle damage and eliminating excess fat and loose skin in the midsection. The benefits of abdominoplasty include:
A tummy tuck dramatically changes the appearance of the abdominal area, boosts self-confidence, and creates a more aesthetically pleasing physique that helps clothing fit better.
Improved Posture & Decreased Back Pain
Abdominal muscles can become damaged due to pregnancy and their weakened state no longer provides adequate support to the spine which can result in back pain.
During a tummy tuck, the surgeon repairs and tightens these muscles which not only alleviates back pain but improves posture.
Significant weight loss and pregnancy can cause abdominal muscles to separate and allow abdominal tissue or a section of the intestine to break through and form a ventral hernia (small sack-like bulge). Repairing the abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck will also correct the hernia.
Reduction of Stress Urinary Incontinence
SUI or stress urinary incontinence is caused by having too much pressure on your bladder and urethra and is a common aftereffect of pregnancy. It can cause someone to leak suddenly when they sneeze, laugh, cough, exercise, etc. Abdominoplasty has been known to help alleviate SUI in both women and men.
What Tummy Tuck Surgery Can Not Do
A tummy tuck is done to tighten loose skin and remove the stubborn excess fat that diet and exercise were unable to eliminate. Abdominoplasty surgery is not a weight-loss procedure and often the patient is required to be within 30% of their ideal weight before the surgeon will perform abdominoplasty.
While a tummy tuck is often successful in hiding scars left from a C-section it cannot correct stretch marks. These may be improved if they are located on the excess skin that is to be removed.
Abdominoplasty can not guarantee a flat belly and tight abdominal muscles forever. The results can be permanent as long as the patient is diligent in avoiding significant fluctuations in their weight. Women who think they may wish to become pregnant in the future should wait to undergo a tummy tuck.