If you ask people which area of their body they would most like to change, many would probably pick the abdominal area. Even people at a healthy weight can accumulate fat and loose skin around the tummy, especially after pregnancy or weight loss. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles for a smooth, flat stomach.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
If you wish for a flat tummy but feel your goal is out of reach, a tummy tuck may be the answer. This procedure will get rid of your excess abdominal skin and fat. If your abdominal muscles have separated, often during pregnancy, Dr. Leong will repair these muscles for a more toned tummy.
How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?
Dr. Leong will perform your tummy tuck under general anesthesia. The procedure typically takes two to three hours. Dr. Leong will make an incision low on your abdomen so you can hide it under clothes or a bikini. People with a large amount of loose skin will need a full tummy tuck incision, while others may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck that leaves a smaller scar. If your abdominal muscles have separated, Dr. Leong will repair them, which can go a long way toward eliminating a bulging tummy.
How Much is a Tummy Tuck?
Costs for a tummy tuck will vary depending on your location, the training and experience of your surgeon, and the type of procedure. By some estimates, a tummy tuck price can range from $3000 to $15,000. This may not include anesthesia, support garments, and other fees. When looking for a surgeon to perform your tummy tuck, choose one with the skill to help you achieve your desired results. When it comes to life-changing surgery, make sure cost does not take priority over quality.
What Other Procedures Can You Have With a Tummy Tuck?
If you have a tummy tuck, Dr. Leong may also recommend liposuction to help you achieve a balanced, harmonious appearance. Your flat tummy will look more proportionate with a more contoured waistline and other body sculpting.
A tummy tuck is also one of the key components of a mommy makeover. This procedure helps women regain a post-baby body, and it usually involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast surgery. Separation of the abdominal muscles, which you cannot correct with any amount of exercise, is common during pregnancy and contributes to an unwelcome tummy bulge.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
If you have sagging abdominal skin or a tummy bulge you cannot get rid of, you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. You should be in good health and not smoke or be prepared to quit before surgery. People with stubborn fat around the abdomen but no loose skin will usually make better candidates for liposuction.
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To make an appointment with Dr. Karen Leong, call us at (949) 844-8999 or fill out the consultation form below.