A tummy tuck is often understood as a surgery that will help a person lose inches or weight. While this is certainly a result of the surgery, it should not be the underlying reason for it. A tummy tuck can benefit a woman who has had multiple pregnancies or anyone who has undergone extreme weightloss or simply has that one “problem area” where the skin simply won’t tighten.
Patients who are dealing with excess fat but otherwise do not have sagging or excess skin are generally not candidates for tummy tuck surgery, but could benefit tremendously from liposuction.
During tummy tuck surgery, excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed, the muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is repositioned to give the abdomen a flatter, more attractive contour. During your consultation with a reputable tummy tuck surgeon, he or she will evaluate the extent of your unique case and determine what category you fall under.
Tummy Tuck Categories:
Mini: Tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar)
Standard: Tightens all of the abdominal wall skin (standard or moderate scarring)
Extended: Extreme cases of excess skin and tissue. Tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back)
Typical Minimum Cost of Tummy Tuck:
USA : US$ 2,232, INDIA : (Rupees 1,25,000) Time Required for Tummy Tuck:
It can take 2-5 hours to perform tummy tuck surgery. Time requirements vary between each situation, depending on the extent of surgery.
Is Tummy Tuck an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
Tummy tuck is most often performed on an InPatient basis, 2-3 Nights Hospital stay is advised (Hospital charges include in above costs)
What are the Side Effects of Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck side effects include temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising and Rarely Infection at our Center.
How Long do Tummy Tuck results last?
Tummy tuck results can be permanent, but are subject to change with future weight fluctuation or pregnancy.
What is the recovery time for Tummy Tuck?
Day 1-3 It is usually required that patients rest in bed for up to about 3 days after surgery
Day 7-14 Most patients can return to work about 2-4 weeks into the tummy tuck recovery period
1-2 Months At least 4 weeks should pass before any strenuous activities are attempted. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon could recommend up to 8 weeks of no exercise strenuous Physical Exertion.
Will my insurance company cover Tummy Tuck?
Because of the cosmetic nature of a tummy tuck, insurance usually is not involved. In rare situations, sometimes ones involving gastric bypass surgery, there may be some partial insurance coverage.
Is there much discomfort for Tummy Tuck?
After a tummy tuck, discomfort is definitely evident. The surgeon will offer instructions for easing any pain, and prescription pain medication can be taken to help control it. Dr.Tejinder Bhatti’s painless tummy tuck involves continuous infusion of
pain killers through a special catheter. In the last 40 cases, we did not have patients complaining of pain. Insurance is admissible in cases who have a ventral hernia due to which they have undergone surgery.
What types of anesthesia is necessary for Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Bhatti prefers epidural anesthesia in which the patient is aware and talking throughout the procedure.
What else can I combine Tummy Tuck with?
For enhanced results, a tummy tuck may be combined with:
Thigh or Buttock Lift
What else is Tummy Tuck referred to as?
Abdominoplasty. Abdominal Lipectomy.