Were you once overweight and now left with excess skin?

A tummy tuck can bring your abdomen back to firm condition.

We Know: All About Tummy Tucks

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that involves the tightening of the skin and muscles of the abdomen by removing the excess skin and fat deposits.

Who gets a tummy tuck?

People who have lost a considerable amount of weight and are left with excess skin often get a tummy tuck because diet and exercise won't lessen the amount of stretched skin. Women who have had multiple pregnancies also get tummy tucks to return their abdominal muscles to their tighter form.

What are the risks of a tummy tuck?

As with all surgery, getting a tummy tuck poses a few risks you should know about. Although rare, infection, blood clots and bleeding under the skin have all been known to occur in people who have had a tummy tuck. Scarring may be more prominent than expected as well, but creams can be prescribed to lessen their appearance.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that the average cost of a tummy tuck in 2002 (the most recent reliable data available) was just under $5,000. Costs differ from region to region and doctor to doctor.

What happens during a tummy tuck procedure?

A tummy tuck can be performed as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure depending on the complexity of the case. During a complete tummy tuck, an incision is made right above the public hair all the way across the abdomen. The appropriate amount of tissue is removed and the surgeon will reshape the tissue to give you the desired look. During a partial tummy tuck, a much smaller incision is made wherein only tissue from the lower part of the abdomen is removed. Make sure that on the day of your surgery you have someone to drive you home (if it is an outpatient procedure). Having an individual stay with you for the first few days is recommended as well, so you place the least amount of strain on your body as possible.

What do I do after a tummy tuck?

After a surgery like a tummy tuck, rest is in order. Be sure to prepare your home before the surgery so you can manage day-to-day activities with minimal effort. Stock up on loose clothing and have icepacks on hand to keep the pain and swelling at bay. Also, invest in a shower chair and nozzle, to make bathing easier. The more you rest, the quicker you'll heal.

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