Who is a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck if you are healthy and over 18 years old. If you intend to lose a significant amount of weight or if you plan to become pregnant, Dr. Sato will advise you to wait before undergoing the procedure, as further weight loss or pregnancies could reverse the benefits of abdominoplasty.
What happens during a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthetic and IV sedation at our in-office operating room or under general anesthesia at an ambulatory surgery center. The procedure is highly customized based on your needs, so the length of surgery can vary greatly. For a full abdominoplasty, Dr. Sato will make an incision from one hip bone to the other, low along the pubic hair line. She will remove the excess skin, tighten and repair the abdominal muscles, and reshape the abdominal silhouette. Liposuction will be used to remove excess fat, and the navel is retained in its proper location.
What can I expect while recovering from a Tummy Tuck?
After the surgery, your abdomen will be bandaged and a compression garment will be worn to help reduce swelling. You will experience some soreness, bruising, and swelling. If subcutaneous drains were placed intra-operatively, you will be provided with drain teaching. Most people take 10 days to 2 weeks off from work for their recovery. Heavy lifting (> 10 lbs) and strenuous activity are discouraged for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Sato will give you full instructions for post-operative care and will monitor your progress during follow-up visits. There will be some scarring from either full or partial abdominoplasty but these will fade significantly over time and can usually be hidden under clothing including swim wear and lingerie.
What is the cost of a Tummy Tuck?
The price of an abdominoplasty is impacted by a number of factors. The techniques utilized, the length of the procedure, and the amount of tissue removed all play a role in determining the cost of a tummy tuck. To aid in payment, we offer financing through CareCredit and Alphaeon Patient Payment Plans in order to make all of our procedures as affordable as possible.
To find out more about the tummy tuck in Houston and what it can do for you, contact us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Erika Sato. During a consultation, patients can look over tummy tuck before and after photos and can ask any questions they may have.