If you are tired of covering up your tummy or wearing tight spandex garments to get that smooth appearance, it may be time to consider an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Pregnancy for women and aging and weight loss for many, can leave loose, excess skin, bulges of fat, and even the painful separation of abdominal muscles. If your diet and exercise aren’t giving you the results you want, a tummy tuck may be the procedure for you.
Your tummy tuck will be performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Schleicher may recommend a standard abdominoplasty, the most common, which tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles. He may also discuss with you a mini abdominoplasty to address the skin on the lower abdominal wall only or a modified abdominoplasty, which corrects just the abdominal skin or just the abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and may require more recovery time and more limitations during the recovery process. Dr. Schleicher will encourage you to be up and walking within 1 to 2 days of the procedure. In 10 to 20 days you will be able to perform light activities comfortably. It will take about 6 weeks before performing heavy activity, such as sports, feels comfortable. You can expect to be back to work in approximately 10 days and to see final results in about 3 months.
Deciding if a tummy tuck is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Schleicher . All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. An abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and may require more recovery time and more limitations. If you're interested in more information about abdominoplasty or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation (for cosmetic plastic surgery procedures only) by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.