Weight loss, weight gain, and pregnancy can result in stretched skin and loss of definition in the midsection, making you feel self-conscious about your figure. A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) is designed to remove excess skin and fat, correct separated abdominal muscles, and tighten the remaining tissue to restore a lean, toned midsection. So why should you choose The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery for your tummy tuck?
If you have excess, sagging skin in your abdomen, the Pittsburgh Center can remove and tighten this tissue during a tummy tuck.
Pregnancy can weaken and damage the muscles in your abdomen and cause your stomach to protrude.
A tummy tuck can also address poor elasticity in the abdominal skin, smoothing the area for a more toned appearance.
Surgery can remove or refine tissue suffering from stretch marks during the abdominoplasty procedure.
You can combine your tummy tuck with liposuction to remove excess fat and tighten the area, providing significant results.
Your Pittsburgh Tummy Tuck surgeon will recommend a full tummy tuck if you have significant skin folds due to age, weight loss, or multiple pregnancies. A full tummy tuck is the most common way to deal with a stubborn abdomen. This procedure uses an incision from hip to hip in the pubic area, which undergarments can hide after surgery. With this technique, your plastic surgeon has more access to the abdomen, allowing for more comprehensive and dramatic results.
A mini tummy tuck may be sufficient for a small number of patients to provide the desired results. Generally, this technique is most effective if you wish to address loose skin and fat below the belly button. Mini tummy tucks are typically shorter and require less recovery time. However, very few patients are candidates for this limited procedure, and it may not provide results for patients with more extensive concerns.
Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may wish to include Tummy Tuck as part of a total body lift. This procedure is designed to eliminate sagging and excess skin all over the body after dramatic weight loss, offering enhanced contours and improved quality of life.
For many patients, targeting excess skin and fat is simply the most effective way to create a slimmer abdomen.
While recovery may take a few weeks, our surgeons achieve rapid results with a Tummy Tuck.
A proper diet and exercise, as well as staying at a healthy weight, can maintain your results for years to come.
Ready to get back to a youthful body shape and muscle tone? The solution can be found at The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery! You can regain a more toned body with our tummy tuck operations. The first step to reclaiming what you deserve is to schedule your consultation today.
For those interested in an Tummy Tuck Pittsburgh patients will first need to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons. During your initial consultation, we will ask about your cosmetic goals and medical history. We will also perform a physical examination to determine whether a tummy tuck can help you achieve the results you desire. Your plastic surgeon may recommend a tummy tuck or an alternative body contouring procedure based on your goals and unique anatomy. In many cases, a tummy tuck is combined with advanced liposuction techniques such as VASERlipo®, a form of liposuction which employs gentle ultrasound technology to provide shorter recovery and more dramatic results.
There are several steps you can take before your tummy tuck to help minimize problems during recovery:
Pittsburgh Tummy Tuck patients should also provide their surgeon with a complete list of everything they take, including medications and herbal supplements. We may instruct to change your prescription before surgery to avoid complications.
At our surgery center in Pittsburgh Tummy Tuck is performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from one to five hours to complete. It requires a horizontal incision several inches below your navel. For patients who need minimal tissue reduction, the incision may be just a few inches wide. For patients who require more extensive treatment, the incision can reach either the hip or the full circumference of the midsection.
Through the incision, your plastic surgeon removes fatty tissue using liposuction, tightens separated abdominal muscles, and removes excess skin. Finally, he will carefully close the incisions in a way that typically results in minimal, subdued scarring.*
Tummy Tuck offers dramatic results that can last a lifetime. However, to maintain their new figure, patients must practice healthy lifestyle habits, as significant weight gain can negate the effects of treatment. To maintain tummy tuck results, we recommend eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly. Your diet should consist of whole grains, lean proteins, fresh produce, and low-fat dairy products. An appropriate exercise regimen includes 30 minutes of cardio activity five to seven days a week. Are you frustrated by stubborn fat deposits that just won't respond to diet and exercise? Our plastic surgeons provide traditional, ultrasonic, and radiofrequency-assisted liposuction for Pittsburgh, PA patients to eliminate excess fat and help you achieve the lean contours you desire.
Pittsburgh tummy tuck patients will need to rest for two to four weeks before returning to work, depending on the extent of the surgery. Following surgery, you will wear a special compression garment to help your skin conform to your new contours as you heal. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery.
Following a Tummy Tuck Pittsburgh patients will need to refrain from any strenuous physical activity for two weeks. You can expect to experience some bruising and soreness surrounding your abdominal area, and we determine the best way to manage this discomfort. Once your incisions have healed and the swelling surrounding your abdominal area subsides, you should begin to see the results of your tummy tuck surgery.*
Tummy tuck surgery is not designed to help patients lose weight. Rather, it is a way to address stretched and separated tissues following weight loss and childbirth. Patients who are not at their goal weight should first consult with a weight loss counselor or surgeon to achieve their goal weight prior to surgery.
When considering abdominoplasty, you should first ask yourself a few questions:
You should also alert your surgeon of any health conditions or allergies. They can determine your candidacy for this procedure during an initial consultation.
There are several factors that can affect the total cost of your tummy tuck. These may include the:
At the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tucks start between $6500 to $8500. Patients with stubborn fat that requires liposuction will add additional costs per area requiring treatment. Patients who have had very significant weight loss or with more skin laxity who require longer incisions will require a customized plan, as extended abdominoplasties can cost upwards of $10,000.
Patients are also responsible for operating room and anesthetic costs associated with where they choose to have their surgery. An abdominoplasty is considered a cosmetic surgery, and so insurance plans do not cover this type of procedure. A small number of patients who have had significant weight loss following bariatric surgery may be eligible for insurance assistance for a portion of the procedure cost. The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery offers CareCredit and Alphaeon financing to make treatment as affordable as possible.
Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and amenities to ensure your comfort and privacy during your visit. We are located in the heart of Pittsburgh and serve patients from all over the world. When you are ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Davila or Dr. Hurwitz. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals of looking and feeling your best.