Considering having a tummy tuck in Austin, TX? Personique has performed thousands of tummy tuck procedures with consistently stunning results! This procedure, also referred to as abdominoplasty surgery, is a very popular procedure that removes loose skin and excess fat from the abdomen region to restore a flat, contoured midsection. It is especially great for tightening lax stomach muscles that have been stretched beyond the limits of natural repair as a result of pregnancy.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
A tummy tuck aims not only to remove excess fat deposits from the stomach, but has the additional element of repairing and tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess, hanging skin. As we get older, there are a number of things that can wreak havoc on our midsection, particularly weight fluctuation and childbearing.
These circumstances can make it incredibly difficult to regain tone and tightness in the abdomen, regardless of how many sit-ups we do or calories we cut. This is most likely because the abdominal muscles have been damaged or weakened, causing the stomach to protrude. This frequently happens during pregnancy when the stretching of the stomach causes the abdominal muscles to separate. Once this happens, no amount of diet or exercise will deliver the results you desire, not until the muscles are repaired. Often, the skin is also stretched beyond the limits of natural repair during pregnancy and weight fluctuation, leaving the individual with loose, hanging skin.
A tummy tuck procedure addresses all of these issues by streamlining and sculpting the midsection, restoring your stomach to a more youthful state.
What Happens During Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Personique performs tummy tucks in Austin on both men and women alike. There are several different variations of the procedure that range from mini tummy tuck to full abdominoplasty. The technique that is best for you will depend on your individual situation and how much excess skin and fat needs to be removed.
- Once anesthesia has been administered, a horizontal incision is made just below the bikini area. The length of this incision depends on the amount of excess fat and skin to be removed. The incision can typically be concealed under most swimsuits and undergarments.
- Your surgeon will then place sutures in the fascia of the abdominal muscles. The muscles are then pulled and stitched back together at the body's mid-line to create a flatter tummy shape.
- Once the muscles have been repaired, excess fat is removed either by liposuction, manual extraction or both.
- Next, the skin is pulled down over the incision line and the excess skin is excised.
- At this point, your surgeon will cut a hole in the re-draped skin and suture it around your navel to fashion a new belly button.
- Finally, once the skin is secured in place, your incisions are closed up.
- The result is a tighter, flatter mid-section.
Recovery After Abdominoplasty
Most of our tummy tuck procedures are performed on an out-patient basis and patients are able to return home the same day of the surgery. You will need to arrange for a family member or trusted friend to pick you up from the clinic. It is recommended to have someone stay with you for the first day or so to help out during this time.
For the first week after your surgery, you will likely experience minor bruising and swelling. Some pain and discomfort may be experienced in the first few days, which can be controlled with medication prescribed to you by your doctor. Your level of pain will depend on the extent of your tummy tuck procedure, as well as your individual pain tolerance. After a few days, pain and swelling will begin to dissipate. Some bruising may remain but this will go away with time as well.
You will be given instructions on showering and changing your dressings post-op. Most doctors will recommend that a surgical garment be worn the first few weeks after surgery to reduce swelling. You may also be instructed to wear compression hose for a period of time to reduce the risk of clots forming in the legs. Though you should minimize physical activity for the first few weeks, patients are encouraged to begin light walking as soon as they can to promote the healing process and prevent clots. However, too much exercise initially can actually hinder tummy tuck recovery.
As long as you follow your doctor's post-op directions, your tummy tuck recovery should go smoothly and most patients are back at work within 10 days. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled for after your procedure. These appointments will provide your surgeon with feedback on your tummy tuck recovery and you can get answers to any questions or concerns you may have regarding your tummy tuck recovery period. The first follow-up appointment is typically for drain removal, which may or may not coincide with the removal of your sutures. Depending on the extent of your abdominoplasty procedure, your surgeon may require you to come in more or less frequently.
Your new figure may be visible within a week of your surgery and will continue to improve over time as swelling goes down. If you have any questions throughout your tummy tuck recovery period, please feel free to call our office at (512) 459-6800.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck varies from patient to patient and depends largely on the extent of the procedure. For instance, a mini tummy tuck will generally be less expensive than a more complicated full tummy tuck that requires more time in surgery and additional work for the surgeon.
The overall cost is an aggregate of several different costs, which include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia, operating room as well as follow-up visits. The amount of the surgeon's fee depends on the extent and complexity of the tummy tuck procedure, as well as the experience and skill of your plastic surgeon. Surgeons who are highly-qualified and well-known for achieving exceptional results might charge higher fees since they tend to be in higher demand. While choosing a highly qualified plastic surgeon with an excellent reputation may run a bit higher, the extra cost is usually worth it when it comes to surgical procedures like a tummy tuck.
Overall, cost of tummy tucks in the U.S. typically range anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000, with averages usually falling in the $5,000 – $6,000 range. Though, depending on the type of tummy tuck procedure, prices can be higher. Most plastic surgery clinics have different financing options available to help patients break the cost of tummy tuck surgery into more affordable monthly payments. Healthcare financing plans like those offered through CareCredit offer tummy tuck patients special financing with low monthly payment options and no up-front costs.
Visit our Financing page to learn more about tummy tuck costs. Please give us a call or complete the form above for a FREE consultation with Personique. You may also contact us by calling (512) 459-6800. After an evaluation by one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, we will be able to provide you with an accurate quote for the cost of your tummy tuck procedure. We look forward to meeting you!
Get A Free Tummy Tuck Consultation
Before undergoing a tummy tuck in Austin, you must first meet with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and what treatment plan will work best for you. To schedule a free consultation at Personique, please call (512) 459-6800 now or fill out the consultation request form at the top of this page. For more answers to your tummy tuck questions, please see our FAQ section below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Abdominoplasty allows patients to achieve a flat, smooth stomach by surgically removing excess skin and fatty tissue in this area. Many of our Austin clients consider a tummy tuck when exercise and diet fail to help them get the flat, youthful silhouette they are looking for. Others seek out a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck after pregnancy, child birth or age have created loose, sagging skin on and around their stomach. Because your whole body must adapt to your "new" stomach after surgery, eligible candidates for abdominoplasty must be in relatively good overall health to undergo the procedure. At Personique, our doctors can perform an extensive consultation to help determine if a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is right for you.
What Can I Expect During Surgery?
First and foremost, your Personique doctor will explain the details of your abdominoplasty. Before surgery begins, anesthesia will be administered according to your preferences and comfort level. A discreet incision is typically made along the bikini line, which can be easily hidden after surgery. In a traditional tummy tuck, the fascia of the muscles along the upper and lower torso are sutured, pulled and stitched tight into the incision, and liposuction may be used to further shape the area. A mini tummy tuck may use the same techniques but is focused specifically on the area between the navel and the pubic area. In both types of surgery, a new navel may need to be created once the surrounding skin has been reshaped.
How Will I Look When Done?
For those frustrated by sagging skin on their stomach that can't be resolved with diet and exercise, a tummy tuck may be the answer. Though results vary among clients, abdominoplasty has helped many Personique patients regain a flat tummy and feel confident again. In planning your tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck with your surgeon at Personique, you can rest assured we will listen to your needs and help you achieve the look you want. The plastic surgeons here have years of experience helping clients from all walks of life regain their self-esteem. As part of your personalized consultation, your doctor will show you abdominoplasty before and after photos to help you visualize your best possible results.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Every patient's recovery experience is different. Today, advanced surgical and liposuction techniques help tummy tuck patients get back to regular day-to-day activities faster than ever before. The experts at Personique understand the importance of a speedy recovery. Most clients who have undergone a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck will experience some swelling and soreness but should be able to start returning to normal activities as scar tissue heals over a two-to-six-week period. The team of Personique professionals will help guide you through the entirety of your recovery process.
Can You Help With "Botched" Tummy Tucks?
Yes! At Personique, we strive to provide natural results that exceed your expectations. If you're unsatisfied with your previous abdominoplasty, our experts can help you achieve the results you deserve. Our many satisfied clients have shared abdominoplasty before and after photos to help you visualize your potential results. In fact, clients from all walks of life in Austin and beyond come to Personique for caring, professional treatment of sensitive matters like 'botched' surgery or disfiguring results from a previous surgery.
The experts at Personique are dedicated to delivering results. Are you still seeking a flat tummy? Out team of Austin plastic surgery professionals are here to help you regain a smooth, sleek silhouette. Contact us today!