A tummy tuck is a relatively minor surgical procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin. It is designed to restore the youthful or pre-pregnancy appearance of the stomach. It is a cosmetic procedure, and as such is fully elective. Because of its elective status, it is almost never covered by insurance.
Candidacy for major surgery is usually determined by your need as well as if the doctors think you will survive the procedure. In the case of tummy tucks, the former is not truly considered. However, the doctors will perform a thorough physical examination which includes BMI or body mass index. Tummy tucks are not approved for anyone who is overweight and looking for a quick weight loss solution. If you fit in this category, the surgeon will usually refuse you as a patient. Besides which, liposuction is the plastic surgery designed to remove fat.
Along with the surgeon’s decision, you should make your own. Tummy tucks are, by definition, surgical procedures. This means they leave a scar, sometimes more than one. A good surgeon will try to make the scar easily coverable by underwear or bathing suits. There is also, though, the possibility of a scar being present around the belly button, due to the fact that it must be sewn into the correct place for the new stomach structure, which may not be so easily hidden. In addition, the body of your dreams may not be available. Yes, the doctors can remove excess skin and tighten muscles, but your expectations should be realistic instead of idealistic. For instance, the appearance of stretch marks may be reduced, but they cannot be removed.
There are a great number of tummy tuck options. From simple skin removal to full-on abdominoplasty, which includes repair and tightening of the abdominal muscles along with the skin removal. Your needs will determine which surgery is best for you, along with which package options will be appropriate.
When deciding where to get your tummy tuck, your best bet is to shop around. Find all the doctors in your area and ask them lots of questions. When going in for a surgery that is going to cost you a lot of money, there is absolutely nothing wrong with finding the surgeon that best fits you. When looking around, make sure you check out if there is a recovery center, or if you will have to convalesce on your own. Always keep in mind that, even though it is a minor procedure, it still comes with its share of possible complications.
Ultimately, tummy tuck prices will range from four thousand dollars up to ten thousand dollars, depending upon the doctor and the procedure as well as where in the country the procedure is done. Though it may be cheaper to go outside the country, it can be dangerous. As long as you are a candidate, have decided which option you need, find the right doctor, and find a good price, a tummy tuck could be a great solution for that troubling excess skin or loose muscle.