The surgery called abdominoplasty, popularly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that can be performed on men and women. WebMD explains that plastic surgeons perform this elective surgery on people who want to remove the excess fat and skin that has built up in their stomach area. It also tightens up the abdominal muscles. Many people confuse this with liposuction but they’re not actually the same thing, although sometimes liposuction is performed at the same time as the tummy tuck surgery.
There are criteria for who is a good candidate to have this surgery performed on them. First, the person needs to be in good overall health. It is often performed on people who lost a great deal of weight which left loose skin hanging from their stomach or resulted in fat deposits they want to have surgically removed.
There are two main groups that shouldn’t consider having this type of plastic surgery performed on them. The first group is women who plan to have their first child or additional ones. They should wait until they don’t plan to have any more children. During this surgery, the abdominal muscles are tightened and any pregnancy will result in their becoming loose again. People who are planning to lose a lot of weight should also hold off until they have shed the excess pounds.
The price of having this elective surgery performed depends on where a person lives and what they want to be done. A tummy tuck surgeon Houston TX, for example, could charge somewhere between $3,000 to $12,000. The lower end would involve a partial or mini tummy tuck which takes around two hours to perform. At the upper end, a complete tummy tuck is done which involves cutting open the abdomen all the way across from hipbone to hipbone. This would also likely include liposuction where fat is sucked away instead of cutting off.
When you’re recovering from a tummy tuck procedure, you’ll need to have some supplies on hand. This includes an ice pack to deal with pain and inflammation. You will also need petroleum jelly to spread on your stomach. Additionally, you will need to sit on a chair while you shower and use a hand-held shower head rather than standing up.
The end of the year is a particularly busy time for plastic surgeons who perform tummy tucks and other elective surgeries. The Chicago Tribune explains the reason for this is that people choose elective surgeries after they have exceeded the deductibles on their health insurance policies. This means they aren’t out of as much money out of pocket.
Along with tummy tucks, many other forms of elective surgeries that can be put off are performed at the end of the year. This includes vasectomies, bunion surgery, breast augmentation, and colonoscopies among others. People planning to have these surgeries at the end of the year should, therefore, be sure to have it scheduled at their plastic surgeon months beforehand so they can get an appointment.