What is Tummy tuck/ Abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the shape and appearance of the abdomen. A tummy tuck can remove loose, excess skin and fat, and tighten weak fascia. During a tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. Connective tissue in the abdomen (fascia) usually is tightened with sutures as well. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look.
Who is a good candidate for Abdominoplasty?
There are a number of reasons you might have excess fat, poor elasticity of the skin or weakened connective tissue in your abdomen. These include:
- Significant changes in weight
- Abdominal surgery, such as a C-section
- Your natural body type
What should you expect during the consultation?
You will meet our team members, and your surgeon will personally evaluate your condition and will ask about your health history. You will have an opportunity to discuss treatment options and the recommended course of treatment, explore outcomes of procedures and the potential risks and complications associated and get your questions answered.
What should you expect during the treatment?
The anaesthesia team assesses your medical fitness before surgery. The doctors can prescribe some diagnostic testing and medications. Once the medical fitness is declared, instructions for the day of surgery are given. On discharge, postoperative care and follow-up instructions are explained.
What should you expect during the recovery?
There can be some discomfort, swelling, and pain after surgery. Post-surgery medications are prescribed for faster recovery. Our team will advise you on the care of the surgical site and feeding or activity restrictions that may be necessary to promote normal healing. Also, you can discuss specific issues to be monitored in the general health of your patient during recovery with your doctor. Periodic follow-ups are advised to monitor the patient’s health status.
How much does Abdominoplasty cost?
Treatment cost varies based on the type of procedure planned and many other factors like the presence of other medical conditions, choice of operative facility, room choice, etc. While cost is an important consideration from your perspective, it should not override clinical considerations, which is why a balanced approach is advisable.
Will my insurance plan cover it?
Sometimes surgeries are reconstructive or cosmetic in nature. Reconstructive surgeries are covered by health insurance. Pre-certification is generally required for hospitalization or reimbursement. Be sure to consult with your insurance company in advance of any surgery.