Also known as abdominoplasty
Tummy-tuck surgery or abdominoplasty tightens and reshapes the abdominal area, helping to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing, slimmer overall appearance. Having a flatter, firmer midsection can dramatically improve the way clothing fits and looks, helping you feel more confident and comfortable in your body. During the procedure, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess, sagging skin is eliminated, correcting a protruding belly and leaving the midsection flatter and better toned. Tummy tucks are popular procedure for men and women, particularly those whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy.
When to Consider a Tummy Tuck
The decision to have any cosmetic procedure is personal, and patients choose to have tummy tucks for a variety of reasons. The best candidates are at or near their ideal body weight, are non-smokers in good health, and have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve for them. If any of the following describe you, a tummy tuck is an option to consider:
- Diet & exercise have helped you lose weight, but your abdomen still protrudes and lacks tone.
- Your abdominal muscles and skin are stretched and sagging following pregnancy.
- After losing significant amounts of weight, you now have loose, excess skin hanging around your belly.
- You have always had a belly that “sticks out,” even though you are in very good shape.
A tummy tuck can help patients in any of these situations address what they don’t like about their shape and achieve a firmer, flatter abdomen.
Types of Tummy Tucks
No two patients start with identical concerns, nor will any two patients share the exact same goals. During your consultation, Dr. Maningas will recommend the type of tummy tuck that will achieve your desired outcome and create natural-appearing results with the least scarring possible. Who is a Good Candidate?
Who is a Good Candidate?
There comes a time when you realize that efforts at dieting and exercise are yielding lower numbers on your bathroom scale but not changing the appearance of your sagging and protruding abdomen. The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a tummy tuck:
- Women and Men
- Ages 25 to 65
- Aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery or weight fluctuations have left you with extra skin on your abdomen, abdominal muscle weakness, or both.
- You do not smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before surgery.
- Your weight is stable. Slender individuals with extra fat and loose skin in the lower tummy are the best candidates; if you are generally obese, this procedure is not appropriate for you.
- You are physically healthy. You must be in relatively good physical shape to tolerate this procedure.
- You are finished having children. The muscles that are repaired during an abdominoplasty can separate again during future pregnancy.
Recovery & Downtime
The majority of tummy tucks can be performed as outpatient procedures, and patients go home a few hours after surgery. However, you may require an overnight hospital stay after a more extensive tummy tuck so you can be safely monitored during the initial hours of your recovery. Because a tummy tuck involves surgery on the abdominal muscles, recovery after a tummy tuck takes more time than that for other procedures.
Expect to be sore and somewhat uncomfortable for the first week or so and spend the first few days resting quietly at home, although you will be encouraged to get up and walk around the house to maintain healthy circulation. It is not uncommon for patients to have drains temporarily placed in the incisions to help remove fluid after surgery. If this is the case for you, our clinical staff will give you detailed instructions for keeping the area clean and well-maintained until their removal a few days following surgery.
Depending on how physically demanding your job is, you may be ready to return to work after 2 - 4 weeks. If you have a desk job, you should be able to go back to work on the early side of this time frame, but if your job involves lifting, straining or other strenuous activities, expect to take up to a month away from such tasks. Tummy tuck patients will have lifting restrictions for 6 weeks. Every patient recovers differently and deals with pain a little differently. We strongly encourage all patients to at least have 14 days of downtime to recover before returning to work and low-impact daily activities.
Since tummy tuck surgery is especially popular with moms post-pregnancy, and childcare is a common concern. Because of the limits placed on lifting and straining, you will need to have full-time help with small children for the first few weeks after a surgery. Lifting even a 25 pound child too soon after a tummy tuck can jeopardize your results by stretching the incision site and possibly leading to prolonged bleeding and swelling.
If your children are a little older, you should be able to resume many of your parenting duties, such as driving, cooking, and shopping, after the first 2-4 weeks. Just make sure you have plenty of help carrying groceries, feeding the pets, and doing other more active tasks.
The improvements made during a tummy tuck are meant to last—abdominal muscles will remain firmer and tighter and the excess skin will not return. However, future pregnancies or weight gain can negatively affect your results, causing the muscles or skin to stretch back out and become lax after returning to your normal weight. If you’re planning to have more children or you are still working on reaching your goal weight, it’s best to wait until you have achieved these milestones before having a tummy tuck.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Maningas to discuss your cosmetic surgery goals at either our Joplin, MO or Bella Vista, AR office locations.
How Much Does It Cost?
The average cost for a Tummy Tuck at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery begins at $10,000. Your specific quote will depend on a variety of factors, such as your specific anatomy and fat volume. Our total cost for the procedure(s) is all-inclusive, covering everything from anesthesia to the procedure to materials used and your patient care bag, plus all routine follow-up visits.