What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to remove excess lower abdominal tissue and provide a more tapered waistline. This area of the body is one of the hardest areas to improve regardless of the amount of diet and exercise. Patients seek information regarding a tummy tuck for multiple reasons. Some women who have had children find that although they’re down to their pre-baby weight, they just can’t seem to fit into clothes the way they used to. Others find that no amount of sit-ups will reduce stretch marks or loose skin. Many men seek surgical consultation to address the “spare tire” that develops on most American men as they age. Patients who lose a considerable amount of weight realize that although the excess fat is gone, they’re still left with sagging skin that can only be eliminated with an outpatient surgical procedure.
A tummy tuck not only addresses the redundant skin and tissue of the lower abdomen but it also returns the abdominal muscles back to their midline position. With increased intra-abdominal pressure, usually from pregnancies or prior weight gain, our abdominal muscles tend to move laterally. After the baby is delivered or a person loses weight, their midsection returns to its previous size but their abdominal muscles often times don’t return all the way to their midline position. During the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. DePerro will bring the abdominal muscles back to their midline location. This will help contour your lower abdomen and improve your waistline.
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What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
The benefits of a tummy tuck are more than just your run of the mill self-confidence booster. A tummy tuck can return the abdominal muscles to their original location, correct a small hernia, increase abdominal wall tone, and improve posture.
Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are those who are healthy and at a stable weight. The candidate must have realistic expectations and be a non-smoker. The candidate needs to have an excess amount of abdominal/flank subcutaneous tissue or skin laxity in their lower abdomen that is resistant to diet and exercise.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Many patients who are interested in a tummy tuck worry about the location and appearance of the scar. A well-done tummy tuck can usually hide the incision low enough so that it’s not seen when wearing most underwear. Most women even find that they can wear a bikini without their scar being visible. A tummy tuck is performed by making an incision similar to a C-section, repairing the abdominal muscles, removing the excess skin, and then returning the belly button to its normal position. The full details of the procedure can be discussed with you at your initial consultation with Dr. DePerro.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Columbus, OH?
Your tummy tuck cost will be discussed at your consultation with Dr. DePerro. Cash, check, and major credit cards are all valid options for payment. DePerro Plastic Surgery is also happy to offer the option of financing your procedure through CareCredit®, one of the nation’s largest and most trusted medical financing companies.
DePerro Plastic Surgery offers personalized care for personalized results. Residents in or near Columbus and other areas in the state who are ready to make a positive change should take the next step. Don’t hesitate to contact us and set up your tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Michael DePerro today!