Tummy Tuck Procedure
Sometimes, no matter how much you prioritize diet and exercise, you can still have a problem area on your body that might feel impossible to fix. If you have excess fat in your stomach that you can’t seem to get rid of even after maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you don’t have to lose hope. A tummy tuck procedure may be the perfect solution to remove stubborn pockets of fat in the abdominal region.
At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we offer reliable and effective tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck procedures to patients throughout Pittsburgh, Wexford, and surrounding PA areas. Our certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Heil, offers complimentary consultations for all individuals who are interested in the procedure. At this consultation, possible candidates can get all necessary information about this surgery and ask any questions that they may have. Here are some common questions that candidates may have about tummy tuck procedures:
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck procedure, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, removes extra fat from the abdominal area to give patients a thinner, smoother, and firmer appearance. Patients will be placed under anesthesia in order to prevent pain as well as to relax their muscles for safety. A procedure takes anywhere from 1 to 5 hours, depending on the amount of fat removed.
During the procedure, two incisions will be made: one from the hipbone to above the pubic area, and one to protect the navel. Skin is then lifted to reveal abdominal muscles. If need be, the surgeon will tighten them. Then, the skin is stretched back over and excess skin and fat are cut away. After the skin is back in place, a third incision is made to locate the navel and stitch it back into place. The abdomen is then completely stitched closed.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
If you only want to fix a smaller problem area, a mini tummy tuck may be the solution for you. This procedure, only taking about 1 or 2 hours, and specifically flattens the area beneath a patient’s navel. A single incision is made right above the pubic line. The skin is lifted, fat is cut away, and then the skin is stretched and stitched back into place. This procedure prevents the need for the muscle wall to be tightened and the navel to be repositioned.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Dr. Heil will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure. During the consultation, you will discuss whether or not a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is a fit for you. Common candidates for abdominoplasty include those who are in relatively good shape, but want a flatter stomach, as well as mothers whose pregnancies have caused loose abdomens.
Candidacy depends on several factors:
- The amount of fat that would have to be removed
- Patient’s health
- Skin elasticity
- Shape and size of the abdomen
- Location of the fat deposits
How do I Prepare for the Surgery?
During your consultation, Dr. Heil will discuss all required steps as you prepare for a procedure. It is important to avoid certain medications and use medicated soap to decrease bacteria near the incision site.
What Should I Expect after the Surgery?
Patients can return home anywhere from a few hours until a day after receiving surgery. Surgical drains will be removed one week after the procedure. At that time, or shortly after, all stitches will be removed.
Side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, and scarring. Pain tends to subside after 2-6 weeks; whereas, scars will remain on the skin, but fade after 6-9 months.
For the first few days after the surgery, patients should follow these tips for successful aftercare:
- Remain flexed at the hips without straightening the torso
- Avoid straining the surgical site
- Begin walking and engaging in non-painful exercise as soon as possible
- Do not shower until surgical drains are removed
Dr. Heil will give specific instructions regarding after care that is tailored to your specific procedure.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck procedure depends on the patient’s health, age, and weight. This procedure, which is not covered by insurance, typically costs anywhere from $5,000-$9,000.
Tummy Tuck Procedures in Pittsburgh
If you live near Pittsburgh or Wexford, PA and are interested in receiving a tummy tuck procedure, book a consultation with Dr. Heil today at Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. He will give you all the information you need about candidacy, preparation, the procedure, and aftercare. If you can’t seem to get rid of stubborn fat in your abdominal area, call today to boost your confidence and get the appearance you’ve always wanted.