What is a tummy tuck?
Sometimes diet and exercise alone simply cannot produce the flat, toned abdomen you are striving for. This can be due to previous pregnancies, aging, weight fluctuations, genetics, prior surgeries and more. Loose and sagging skin can prevent even the healthiest individuals from getting rid of unwanted tummy shapes.
Abdominoplasty, often referred to as tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin, restoring weakened tummy muscles, creating a smooth and firm abdomen.
What is it not?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is not a substitute for proper nutrition and exercise. Positive longterm results can be greatly lessened by major weight fluctuations due to unhealthy habits or lifestyles.
Tummy tucks do not remove stretch marks, although stretch marks can sometimes appear improved if they are located in areas of excess skin below the belly.
Is a tummy tuck right for me?
If you are physically healthy and at a stable weight but want to get rid of stubborn fat that nutrition and exercise alone have not fixed or you’d like to improve the appearance of loose sagging skin in the abdominal area, a tummy tuck may be for you!
Dr. Holland works closely with each patient to set realistic expectations and long-term success and happiness based on each individual’s body type, health history and lifestyle.
A tummy tuck may not be for someone who intends to get pregnant or who is planning on substantial weight loss in the future. If this describes you, it may be best to postpone your tummy tuck procedure, but if you’re not sure or have questions, we encourage you to give us a call, schedule a consultation and receive personal advice and care from Dr. Holland.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost for abdominoplasty varies from practice to practice and with a handful of variables. During your consultation, you’ll want to make sure you are taking into account the following costs:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital or surgical facility fees
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical tests
Ok, I'm in. What should I expect?
Step 1: Schedule a consultation!
At your consultation, be prepared to discuss realistic expectations based on your unique build, genetics, history and lifestyle. You may be asked to get pre-surgical lab testing, medication evaluation and to stop smoking if you are a smoker. Abdominoplasty does require anesthesia and you will receive specific pre- and post-operative instructions from your surgeon.