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How much does a tummy tuck typically cost?

Tummy Tuck Costs

You've had gastric bypass surgery and you vow never to get overweight again. You quit smoking and have eliminated your Type II diabetes. You look better and feel better. However, your belly appears as if it has jowls. This is common--when you're overweight, your skin is stretched like a balloon, and gastric bypass surgery deflates your belly. Will it cost as much to get rid of the excess skin with a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty as the bariatric surgery did?

Abdominoplasty cost can vary from surgeon to surgeon, state to state, and costs include:

  • Surgeon's fee
  • Facility fee
  • Anesthesia (costs can be lower if you don't opt for general anesthesia)
  • Surgical instruments
  • Pre- and post-operative consultations
  • Corrective treatments

The average abdominoplasty cost is $6,500, but check with your surgeon. A tummy tuck practitioner may not give an average quote on the Web site or in brochures, but may charge you on a case-by-case basis. Consult your abdominoplasty surgeon. A complete abdominoplasty for gastric bypass patients tightens skin on the back, lower body, and legs, which increases abdominoplasty cost. Of course, if you hadn't stopped smoking and eliminated diabetes, abdominoplasty cost would be a moot point. Surgeons don't consider patients who smoke or are diabetic. Fortunately, you're investing in your health and physical well-being, not just with money but with a complete change of lifestyle.

How do I get the most out of abdominoplasty liposuction?

Abdominoplasty Liposuction Hints

You've never been one to do things in half-measures. You want ice cream, you get a big cone--but that's not why you need abdominoplasty. You've had a hernia while you were pregnant (ouch.) You need to lose several fat deposits from your hips and abs for your health and appearance. Liposuction abdominoplasty can help, as opposed to a traditional tummy tuck. It can restore the original contours of your body. Some hints for successful liposuction abdominoplasty:

  • Don't diet to extremes! This is not the time to restrict your proteins, fruits and vegetables, which help you heal.
  • Abdominoplasty in conjunction with liposuction is intensive, and you may have to remain in the hospital. Some doctors prefer to have their patients stay overnight or several days after a tummy tuck.
  • If you smoke, stop at least two weeks before your surgery. If you resume, wait two weeks to a month. But be warned that some doctors may not take you on as a candidate if you smoke.
  • Liposuction abdominoplasty and liposuction will be more effective if you wait until you're finished having children.
  • While you shouldn't try to run a marathon, light exercise after you're released from the hospital will help you heal. Doctors recommend that you walk as soon as possible after a tummy tuck.
  • Follow all the precautions associated with liposuction, such as increasing the adrenaline if you have tumescent liposuction or getting compression devices for your legs that prevent blood clots during surgery.

Take care of yourself--in addition to giving birth, you've just had a massive surgery. Make sure that your hubby and kids can pick up the slack (it's your turn to rest!) Enjoy your improved appearance and well-being.

Which is better, a tummy tuck or liposuction?

Tummy Tucks and Liposuction

You want to banish those love handles, or eliminate stretch marks. Liposuction will do it, you think. Before you add liposuction cost to that annual gym membership and killer bathing suit, tack on a tummy tuck. Liposuction can't tighten loose love handles or post-pregnancy stretch marks or loose skin due to rapid weight loss, for example also post-pregnancy or pre-high school reunion.

Many plastic surgeons recommend getting a tummy tuck rather than liposuction body sculpting, since liposuction reduces abdominal fat and not the inner girdle that expands with pregnancy. However, opinion is divided: Some surgeons do a mini tummy tuck and tumescent liposuction, while others favor liposuction over surgical abdominoplasty to restore youthful appearance.

Often, tummy tucks are done to tighten lax skin after liposuction. Frequently, surgeons combine the two with liposuction abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck on the lower abs that involves liposuction to remove excess fat. Ask your plastic surgeon for her recommendations. Remember that liposuction makes you feel as though you've hit the gym two times over. If you have separate procedures, schedule some recovery time in-between the liposuction and tummy tuck. However you think you look, your physical health is more important than getting rid of love handles and stretch marks.

What's involved in a mini tummy tuck?

Mini Tummy Tucks, Small Procedure?

Mini tummy tuck. We have mini-malls, mini-Oreos, mini-everything. While America in particular gets fatter, life gets smaller, and sometimes not as satisfying, unless you've just bought the new Nano iPod phone. A mini tummy tuck means you're not getting the full tummy tuck, right? Wrong. Sometimes women, and in particular men, need just to take care of those lower abs, without having the full workup that involves repositioning the navel (!) As with the full abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck involves surgical incisions, but just on the lower abs. You're removing several cans from a six-pack, to use a male analogy.

If you're an older patient with excess skin, you can benefit from a mini tummy tuck that shrinks the skin. Scars are smaller, although the normal abdominoplasty scars can be covered by mini-skirts, bikinis, Speedos, and the like. Note that you may still have not so mini-complications such as necrosis or skin death from a mini tummy tuck. You may lose circulation when your surgeon separates fat from the inner girdle, which needs to be tightened a little or a lot, depending on the abdominoplasty.

Poor circulation may kill the tissue, but a skilled surgeon will minimize your chaces of having a not-so-mini side effect. Also, a mini tummy tuck takes one to two hours as oppsoed to three to five, a big plus when you're in your golden years and impatient not to waste time. So get that mini tummy tuck and hang around the galleria with your Nano and miniskirt. Or if you're an older dude, ditch the baggy pants for...well, not a miniskirt, but something your children, carrying their miniature poodles or chihuahuas, can appreciate.

Do men need abdominoplasty?

Male Abdominoplasty

They're as vain as women--that's why men have hair plugs. That's why they get "Queer Eye" makeovers. And you might have heard about the metrosexual. Sissified? No--men have cared about their looks since Caesar's time. In decadent Rome (hot tip: we love HBO's miniseries), male tribunes threw up so they could eat again. The practice has been transferred to supermodels, so we haven't come such a long way. These days though, when male Marc Antonys need to lose that six-pack, they turn increasingly to plastic surgery. We all know Burt Reynolds has had it on his face! No word on whether he's had a tummy tuck.

Men do have abdominoplasty and they're willing to pay the abdominoplasty cost. Whether it's a mini tummy tuck or a tummy tuck, men like to reduce that stretched skin, the love handles, the beer belly. Note that the men need to be reasonably fit and the "beer belly" shouldn't be from drinking massive quantities of actual beer, but rather from loose skin after losing weight. Warning to guys: If you need to rolf as in your frat days, it may be because of gastroesophageal reflux following male abdominoplasty. This can happen when a surgeon uses a tummy tuck as a weight loss technique, which should never happen. To be an ideal guy candidate for a tummy tuck, you need to:

  • Work out
  • Have had gastric bypass surgery
  • Have lost weight
  • Not smoke, or plan to quit
  • Not have diabetes
  • Not be having a midlife crisis
  • Have a sincere desire to improve your appearance

Who knows--if Caesar had gone off to have abdominoplasty, maybe he wouldn't have been assassinated. Or maybe he would have, considering how fat the other tribunes and senators were. But these days, even male plebes can afford to have a tummy tuck. Just try not to look in the mirror too much--you have a macho rep to uphold with your new hard body abs.

With abdomnioplasty, what type of liposuction do I choose?

Types of Liposuction Abdominoplasty

You now know what ultrasonic liposuction is versus tumescent liposuction. But which do you choose for liposuction abdominoplasty? And isn't all this surgery too much? Not necessarily, if it's done together...and right the first time, so you don't have to go back for repeated surgeries. Whether you need to flatten, not fatten, several areas at once, especially the stomach, or sculpt your lower abs with a mini tummy tuck, liposuction abdominoplasty works.

Many plastic surgerons do tumescent liposuction abdominoplasty, ultrasonic liposuction abdominoplasty, or both! Say you needed to remove small fat deposits in your stomach but massive ones in your thighs, or vice versa. You would use tumescent liposuction abdominoplasty for small deposits, ultrasonic liposuction for large mother lodes.

Remember the risks associated with ultrasonic liposuction and make sure your surgeon drains any fluid that collects in your abs and thighs. You dislike retaining water, after all! You also don't like feeling vain, especially since liposuction can tack on extra bucks to the tummy tuck price tag, but hey, you're looking out for your own improved fitness and well-being. When the procedure's done right, the abdominoplasty cost will be well worth all the dilemmas you solved.

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