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frequently asked questions about abdominoplasty

FAQ's About Abdomioplasty

What is an abdominoplasty?
Who is a good abdominoplasty candidate?
How is an abdominoplasty performed?
Are there risks with abdominoplasty?
How much does an abdominoplasty cost?
What is the recovery period after an abdominoplasty procedure?
What precautions should I follow to help make my abdominoplasty as successful as possible?

What is an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, known as a tummy tuck, is the surgical plastic procedure to remove the excess skin and fat, as well as to tighten the abdominal wall muscles in some instances. The accumulation of excess skin and fat may be the result of obesity, age, or pregnancy. Contact a plastic surgeon to find out what they can do for you.

Who is a good abdominoplasty candidate?

Anyone who has excess or sagging skin in the abdominal areas, has a protruding abdomen, has weakened abdominal muscles, or has an excess of fatty tissue concentrated in the abdomen might be a good abdominoplasty candidate. Often times, candidates that wish to benefit from abdominoplasty tend to be women who have been pregnant and would like to repair the extra skin.

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How is an abdominoplasty performed?

An incision is made in the pubic region that extends out towards the hips on each side. The excess fat and skin are removed and in a full tummy tuck the abdominal musculature is reapproximated. A mini tummy tuck is performed for patients who have minima skin laxity and abdominal wall weakness. The abdominoplasty surgeon will make the best efforts to hide the incisions within the bikini line. Contact a plastic surgeon to talk to you more about abdominoplasty.

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Are there risks with abdominoplasty?

Every surgical procedure has risks, which is why it is so important to choose a qualified surgeon to reduce the risks involved and so that if an emergency complication arises the surgeon is able to react and control the situation in the proper manner.

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How much does an abdominoplasty cost?

The abdominoplasty cost will depend on the plastic surgeon you choose as well as individual factors. The average abdominoplasty cost is about $6,500. Please consult with your abdominoplasty surgeon to inquire about the exact abdominoplasty cost that can be evaluated following a complete consultation.

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What is the recovery period after an abdominoplasty?

Most patients will stay overnight following their abdominoplasty. The abdominoplasty patients will be able to move around immediately after the surgical procedure, but the drains will be left in place for about a week. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort should be expected and are normal for a few days after a liposuction.

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What precautions should I follow to help make my abdominoplasty as successful as possible?

Your abdominoplasty surgeon will review the preoperative abdominoplasty guidelines to help avoid any complications and make your abdominoplasty procedure as pleasant as possible. These guidelines should be taken very seriously because health complications can become more likely or interfere with the abdominoplasty surgical procedure. Your abdominoplasty surgeon will be able to help you properly prepare for your surgery.

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