What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery—also called abdominoplasty—is an aesthetic procedure designed to remove loose, excess abdominal skin and stubborn fat deposits that prove resistant to normal diet and exercise efforts. In addition, this procedure can repair abdominal musculature that has stretched or torn due to significant, often rapid changes in weight. By eliminating inches and pounds around the midsection with abdominoplasty, board-certified plastic surgeon Christopher P. Godek, MD can help patients achieve a sleeker, more defined abdomen with incredibly natural-looking results.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, we invite you to explore the in-depth information provided on this page. If you have further questions, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Godek to discover if abdominoplasty is right for you, please feel free to contact the Personal Enhancement Center online or by phone today.
- Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos
- Tummy Tuck Procedure
- Tummy Tuck Scars
- Tummy Tuck Candidates
- Tummy Tuck Recovery
- Tummy Tuck Cost
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos
Who Is an Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidate?
In general, candidates for tummy tuck surgery are individuals who wish to address the diet and exercise-resistant accumulation of fat and/or loose skin and muscles in the abdominal region. Despite these specific indications, it is important to be aware that abdominoplasty is not considered a weight loss procedure. In fact, ideal patients should be at—or very near—their desired weight, as well as in good overall health. Additionally, they should typically be through having children (as any future pregnancies may compromise the results) and have realistic expectations for the final outcome of their procedure.
Ultimately, tummy tuck surgery can be very beneficial for patients who just can’t seem to get rid of that extra bit of skin in the abdominal area, as well as women who are having trouble firming up the midsection after pregnancy.
How Is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed?
During a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Godek will remove excess, loose skin in the abdominal area and tighten the underlying muscles. The remaining skin is shifted down and pulled taut, resulting in a much flatter, firmer stomach. If applicable, some form of liposuction will also be utilized to eliminate stubborn fat pockets for a slimmer, more toned contour in and around the midsection. Conducted under general anesthesia, the abdominoplasty procedure takes approximately two hours to complete, though this may vary based on the individual needs and aesthetic goals of the patient.
What Is Recovery from Tummy Tuck Surgery Like?
Following tummy tuck surgery, some temporary swelling and/or bruising may occur, but these symptoms should dissipate over time. Slight tenderness in the targeted area may also be experienced, and any discomfort can generally be managed with medication. The majority of individuals feel well enough to resume normal, non-strenuous daily activities after about one to two weeks; however, Dr. Godek instructs most patients to avoid heavy lifting and rigorous exercise that may strain the abdominal region for several weeks. Once all swelling has subsided, the final results of abdominoplasty should be apparent.
What Will My Tummy Tuck Scars Look Like?
While some degree of scarring from tummy tuck surgery is inevitable, Dr. Godek does everything in his control to reduce the final visibility of the incision line. For the majority of patients, the abdominoplasty incision is made low along the abdomen, often extending from hip to hip. This location allows scarring to be concealed by most articles of clothing, including many bikini and underwear varieties. Dr. Godek will also provide specific instructions for how to properly care for the incision as it heals, which can help diminish its final appearance.
Ultimately, patients typically say the physical and psychological benefits of tummy tuck surgery far outweigh any concerns they have about scarring.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
As a customizable procedure, tummy tuck pricing will vary from patient to patient. Some key factors that can impact the cost of abdominoplasty include:
- The extent of skin and fat removal needed
- The particular surgical technique used
- The expertise and experience of the plastic surgeon
- Fees for the operating facility and anesthesia
- Pre- and/or post-operative vitamins, supplements, or medications
To determine an exact price for tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Godek will need to perform an in-person evaluation during a consultation at our practice. At this time, he can formulate a personalized treatment plan and provide a custom cost quote based on the specifics of the procedure. If you are interested in a payment plan options, our team can also introduce you to various plastic surgery financing possibilities that can help make abdominoplasty more affordable for your unique budget.
Contact Personal Enhancement Center
To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your surgical options with Dr. Christopher Godek, contact our New Jersey Plastic Surgery practice today.