It is a great way to help tighten up any loose skin around the stomach, bottom, and legs while tightening skin and contouring the figure to deliver a flattering finish. It’s popular among patients who have experienced weight fluctuations, which are common throughout life and can occur for many reasons.
Pregnancy, hormonal changes, extreme weight gain or loss, and more can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and sag or droop away from the body. It can cause many patients to feel self-conscious showing their stomachs or wearing certain types of clothing. Here at plastic surgeons of Akron tummy tuck can help patients look younger and healthier and feel confident!
Shape up Your Midsection
Tummy tuck surgery formally referred to as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery option used to tighten, firm, and smooth out the abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat and then tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure removes excess skin and fat on the abdomen for a more shapely and flat midsection.
A tummy tuck can help patients achieve more than just a more flattering figure. For many, it can help them feel more confident and boost self-esteem.
Many women who undergo the procedure have struggled with other methods of weight loss or skin toning without seeing the results they desire. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or had their skin stretch due to pregnancy often find that it is nearly impossible to get the skin to return to the same tautness, even through exercise or healthy habits. A tummy tuck will successfully eliminate any excess skin that may be loose hanging as well as tighten up the muscles that may have weakened over time and reduce any unwanted fat from the abdomen.
Other benefits of a tummy tuck procedure include:
Today’s Tummy Tuck procedure is performed much differently than just a few short years ago. The latest tummy tuck techniques have made the surgery safer and more effective than ever before. With less pain, downtime, and inconvenience than tummy tucks of the past, patients get better results and fewer tummy tuck risks and complications than older tummy tuck methods.
Dr. John Pedersen stays at the cusp of modern technology and surgical methods so his patients have the best surgical outcome. He has more than 18 years of experience as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, along with extensive experience in post-weight loss body contouring, mommy makeovers, and abdominal surgery.
Removing loose skin after weight loss or pregnancy with the help of one of Akron’s most experienced tummy tuck surgeons is a good first step toward getting a great result.
Tummy tuck patients often fit into two categories. This includes women who have undergone pregnancy, and patients that have lost a substantial amount of weight from weight loss surgery, diet, and exercise.
The surgery is tailored to each patient to ensure a spectacular result. For example, some patients may experience separated abdominal muscles. Therefore, tummy tuck surgery may also include ab muscle repair in addition to skin removal surgery. When you come to Plastic Surgeons of Akron tummy tuck can also be performed with or without liposuction, depending on your precise needs.
The area is numbed prior to the procedure to reduce pain after the treatment is complete. This makes the liposuction procedure considerably more comfortable for Dr. Pedersen’s patients. After the procedure, the area will appear visibly slimmer and flatter.
This procedure is the best fit for patients that are already in good health generally but identify their abdomen as a "problem area." Patients that stand to benefit greatly from a tummy tuck procedure include those with excess or sagging skin from pregnancy or weight loss, a protruding abdomen, or excess fat concentrated in the abdomen.
Patients searching for an Akron tummy tuck surgeon understandably would like to know about tummy tuck costs. Tummy tuck prices vary considerably across the United States. Often, the tummy tuck cost you may see online, based on national or regional averages, may not be all-inclusive.
The cost of surgery is one thing. In addition to the surgeon fee, there may be other costs such as medical tests, anesthesia fees, hospital or facility costs, compression garments, and more that may alter the final price. Since there are many different types of tummy tucks, it proves difficult to provide a price quote over the phone. The cost for a mini tummy tuck differs greatly from a full tummy tuck or body lift, for example. Patients may think they only need liposuction, when in fact they may need a tummy tuck with liposuction to get a good result. Therefore, a tummy tuck consultation with a physical examination is the only surefire way to obtain accurate pricing. The only true way to get a tummy tuck cost quote is to come in for a consultation regarding a tummy tuck in Akron. A physical exam allows Dr. Pedersen to evaluate factors such as skin laxity and how much loose skin needs to be removed.
At the consultation, eligible patients may also learn about how to receive financial help in order to pay for skin removal surgery. While insurance typically does not cover a tummy tuck surgery, there are some exceptions.
Post-weight loss patients that are experiencing physical discomfort and rashes between skin folds may be eligible to use health insurance to pay for tummy tuck surgery if they meet certain criteria. At the appointment, patients may also learn about financing options to help pay for the cost of tummy tuck surgery. A consultation allows patients to learn about cosmetic surgery payment plans and have an accurate price quote so they can plan for the expense of surgery.
Dr. Pedersen uses the newest technique by performing a virtually painless Drainless Tummy Tuck in Akron. Most tummy tuck patients say that tummy tuck pain peaks 1-3 days after surgery. Dr. Pedersen makes the procedure far more comfortable using the “TAP” (or transversus abdominis plane). This is an injection of local anesthetic that provides pain control for several days following your tummy tuck surgery.
Knowing the true price of a tummy tuck based on your individualized needs is the first step to prepare for surgery. Dr. Pedersen will answer all your questions and concerns about abdominoplasty so you can get the results you want. Call our office today at 330-379-1204 to set up an expert consultation with Dr. Pedersen for your tummy tuck surgery, including a tummy tuck cost comparison.
We are here to answer your questions and provide the expert treatment you deserve.
Can I Combine Tummy Tuck with Other Procedures?
Procedures like mommy makeovers and a body lift often include procedures like abdominoplasty, usually combined with liposuction and other techniques. This is a great option for patients who want a full-scale makeover or want to see an improvement on their entire figure, not just the abdomen or upper body. In other cases, patients may opt to combine a tummy tuck with unrelated procedures like a BBL or arm lift if they are hoping to target more than one specific problem area at a time. During your consultation with Dr. Pedersen, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss all your aesthetic concerns and what the best approach would be to address them.
What Can I Expect from the Results of a Tummy Tuck?
It is important to maintain a realistic outlook when it comes to the results of a cosmetic surgery procedure. The results will vary for everyone, depending on their body’s unique healing methods, lifestyle choices, and other factors. In general, you can expect the results of a tummy tuck to be immediate, however, patients will have to wait until the area is fully healed before they can really see the final product. A flat stomach may not be visible right away, but with exercise, you can help to achieve the body you want with a beautifully shaped canvas.
How Long Does it Take to Heal From a Tummy Tuck?
The recovery time and experience may vary considerably for all patients following a procedure like a tummy tuck. Generally, recovery can take about 8 weeks, with most patients taking up to a month off work or general responsibilities so they can comfortably heal. There will be a tightness in the abdomen for around two weeks after the initial surgery and a compression garment will have to be worn for a delegated amount of time. In many cases, this is throughout the entire healing process. Exercise and physical activity, especially anything involving bending or stretching the body, must be avoided until you are medically cleared by your surgeon. This could be up to six weeks.
What are the Risks Involved?
As with any type of plastic surgery procedure, there are risks and side effects that patients should carefully consider and discuss with their surgeon before undergoing a tummy tuck or other treatment. Common side effects to consider include redness, swelling, pain, and scarring. Patients may experience these side effects differently, and there are ways to manage them successfully during the healing process. Some patients may require a follow-up or revision surgery if they are unhappy with the final result.
Other side effects and potential risks of a tummy tuck to consider include:
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