Many women seeking to get rid of loose, sagging skin following a significant weight loss or pregnancy consider a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess skin and restore a toned appearance to your abdomen.
In addition to the typical costs associated with a tummy tuck, your final cost can vary by region, surgeon’s experience, as well as your specific needs. While this procedure can come at a big expense, it also comes with a big payoff – a flatter, firmer abdominal area.
What Goes Into the Cost of My Surgery?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a tummy tuck was $6,253 in 2018. This is only part of the total cost. Other costs include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Operating facility expenses
- Medical tests
- Post-surgery garments
- Surgeon’s fee
The surgeon’s fee is determined by his or her experience. It should be noted that your comfort with your surgeon and their experience is just as important as the final cost of the surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery?
Dr. Correa usually has patients stay overnight for monitoring following a full tummy tuck. During surgery, you will be under general anesthesia for two to four hours, preventing you from feeling any pain. It will be necessary to have someone drive you home and help care for you for a few days.
Patients have experienced tightness and soreness in their abdomens for up to a week after surgery. This can make it uncomfortable to stand fully erect for a few days. Medication may be prescribed to ease this discomfort. Full rest is recommended for at least two weeks.
When Can I Go Back to Work?
As long as your work involves no heavy lifting, you may be able to go back in as little as two weeks. It may be necessary to allow your pain to dissipate and to completely wean yourself off of pain medication before driving or returning to work.
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How Soon Can I Get Back to My Exercise Routine?
Light movement is encouraged in order to keep your blood flowing and decrease the chances of clotting in your legs. Normal exercise, strenuous activity, and heavy lifting should not commence for 6-8 weeks or until approved by Dr. Correa.
What’s Full Recovery After Tummy Tuck?
It will be several months before you are fully back to normal. Unlike non-invasive procedures, a tummy tuck is long-lasting and won’t need to be repeated once recovery is complete. However, if you get pregnant following your procedure, it may undo the process.
Tummy Tuck Procedures in Houston
Whether you’re on the fence or ready to move forward, you’ll benefit from a consultation with Houston-based Correa Plastic Surgery. Dr. Correa can answer your questions, address your concerns, discuss financing options, and provide a customized treatment plan. If you’re looking for uncompromising results, schedule your consultation today.
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Interested in learning more about Tummy Tuck procedures? Schedule your free consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Correa by filling out the form on this page or by calling Correa Plastic Surgery at (281) 918-8803. Proudly serving patients in The Woodlands & Houston, TX.
*Individual results may vary.