Tummy tuck surgery contours a person’s midsection to make it more toned. However, it is an invasive procedure that demands a several days to several weeks of recovery time. Because of this, it’s essential to get all of the information you can before making a commitment to this life-changing plastic surgery.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?

People who get a tummy tuck desire a firmer, flatter midsection, addressing many of their cosmetic concerns after life events like massive weight loss or pregnancy. This not only procedure removes extra skin, but also tightens the abdominal muscles and brings them back to their natural anatomical position. Tightening of the abdominal muscles is called “fascial plication” and can improve posture, back pain, and core strength. Dr. Willis takes care to place the skin incision well below the underwear line so no visible scarring is shown in your underwear.

Many people opt to combine a tummy tuck with a liposuction, which can help slim the flanks for a more desirable contour.

Will I Lose Weight with A Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck isn’t meant to prevent weight gain or help someone with weight loss, but more of a cosmetic procedure designed to contour the body. This procedure is actually most effective after massive weight loss to remove the loose skin that remains. It’s also a popular procedure for tightening muscles and skin loosened from pregnancy and childbirth.

How Much is a Tummy Tuck?

Getting a tummy tuck in the United States can range from $5,000 to over $13,000, but the average is about $8,250 – these numbers were reported by actual patients who paid for a tummy tuck.

Many factors influence the final cost of a tummy tuck, including the facility where your surgery is performed, the complexity of your specific procedure, your surgeon’s expertise level, and whether you include other procedures like liposuction. You’ll receive a personalized estimate of expenses after your consultation with Dr. Willis, so you’ll know what to expect before committing.

Most insurance companies won’t cover the cost of a tummy tuck because it’s an elective cosmetic procedure. However, you may be able to seek financing options through CareCredit or PatientFi to make the surgery more affordable.

Does a Tummy Tuck Hurt?

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for a few days after surgery, but we’ll prescribe a pain medication to reduce the pain. We also offer a variety of medications for your comfort during surgery. After a few days, most of our patients felt better and reported the discomfort was well worth the result.

How Long Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Take?

Most patients can return to non-strenuous activities and office work within two to three weeks. However, core workouts and other strenuous activities will take a few more weeks. You will work with your surgeon to determine when you can safely return to exercise; in most cases, it will take four to six weeks.

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Our experienced staff are dedicated to providing exceptional care and natural-looking results that you’ll love for years to come. We employ state-of-the-art techniques and combine them with personalized individual care for a striking effect. For more information about treatment options, or to set up a consultation, contact us online.

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