What are the risks of tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery is a major surgical procedure and carries the usual risks associated with any surgery. These can include infection, bleeding, reactions to anaesthesia, scarring, and seroma (fluid build-up). Additionally, there may be risks associated with the specific technique used, such as damage to nerves or blood vessels. Damage to the abdominal wall may cause long-term weakness. Asymmetry or unevenness in the appearance of the abdomen may occur. Skin necrosis (tissue death) or fat necrosis (fat death) can occur due to inadequate blood supply to the area. There is a risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, which can be fatal. If the procedure is not performed correctly, it may lead to further corrective surgeries. It is important to speak to your doctor about any concerns before undergoing a tummy tuck.

What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about tummy tuck surgery?

1. What type of tummy tuck procedure do you recommend for my particular body shape and goals? 

2. How long will the surgery take and what type of general anesthesia will be used? 

3. How long will my recovery take and what type of activities should I avoid during recovery? 

4. What type of scarring can I expect to see after the surgery? 

5. What type of post-surgical care will I need to follow? 

6. What can I do to minimize the risk of complications during and after the procedure? 

7. What will my abdomen look like immediately after the surgery and in the long term? 

8. How long will the results of the tummy tuck last? 

9. What type of follow-up care is necessary after the surgery? 

10. Are there any long-term risks associated with the procedure?

What should I expect during a consultation for tummy tuck surgery?

During a consultation for tummy tuck surgery, you can expect your plastic surgeon to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation. They will assess your medical history and current health, discuss the procedure in detail, and answer any questions you may have. They will also examine your abdominal area and take photos for your medical record. The plastic surgeon will then provide you with an individualized treatment plan and discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. They will also help you to understand the expected results, the recovery process, the costs associated with the procedure, and any other relevant information. Ultimately, the consultation is designed to ensure you are well-informed and feel comfortable with the decision to undergo tummy tuck surgery.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can vary depending on the extent of the procedure, the geographic location of the surgeon, and other factors. Generally, the average cost of a tummy tuck in the United States is approximately $6,000 to $9,000. This cost may include fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, operating room costs, and other related expenses. Some insurance plans do not cover the cost of a tummy tuck. However, if the procedure is medically necessary, some plans may cover a portion of the cost. Additionally, there are several financing options available to help pay for the procedure. In some cases, a patient may be able to receive a discount if the procedure is performed in a hospital or health clinic. Ultimately, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the procedure, as the cost of a tummy tuck can be high, and results may not be successful or optimal if the procedure is not done correctly.