Abdominoplasty Talking Points Austin

Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Austin

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Have motherhood or weight changes taken a toll on your body?

Are you looking for a firmer, tighter, flatter stomach?

An Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck” is one of the most popular procedures requested at Elysian Plastic Surgery, and can help to restore what the effects of time, gravity, children and weight gain or loss may have taken away.

 

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Tummy Tucks work on three levels:Removal of excess skin and stretch marks, Removal of Excess Fat and Repair of the abdominal muscles that have been stretched from pregnancy or weight gain/loss.

 

“I keep reading about different types of Tummy Tucks: Mini-Tummy Tuck, Lipo-tummy tuck and Tummy Tuck by itself – what’s the difference?”

  • An Abdominoplasty or full Tummy Tuck is the standard procedure most people have done.
  • A Mini-Tummy Tuck is for relatively, thinner patients who have primarily loose abdominal muscles and a small amount of lower abdominal fat. Only a small percentage of patients are candidates.
  • A Lipo-Tummy Tuck, or Lipo-Abdominoplasty is a combination procedure where some liposuction is done, along with a slightly lesser degree of muscle tightening, generally performed on heavier patients.

“What about pregnancy after having a tummy tuck?”

  • While pregnancy will not be affected by having a Tummy Tuck, some of the repairs done during the procedure may be lost due to stretching of the abdominal wall which normally happens with pregnancy
  • For women considering pregnancy, we generally suggest postponing your tummy tuck until you’re through having children or if you’re planning on having more children in less than the next 5 or so years.

“Will my incision be visible when I’m wearing shorts or a swimsuit?”

  • The incision is designed to be camouflaged and placed low on the abdomen and as short as possible, so you should be able to wear shorts and swimsuits.
  • Additionally, we will be counseling and advising you during the healing process regarding ways to minimize the appearance of your incision using scar creams, massage, etc.

Can I have other procedures done at the same time?

  • Yes! Most patients can have additional procedures such as breast surgery, facial surgery or liposuction during the same procedure.

Who is a good candidate?

  • Patients with excess hanging skin, especially with a fold of skin on the lower abdomen when standing.
  • Significant amounts of stretch marks
  • Abdominal muscles which are loose and allow the abdomen to “bulge” when relaxed.
  • Patients who have realistic expectations.

Who is a poor candidate?

  • Patients in otherwise poor health – poorly controlled diabetes or uncontrolled high blood pressure for example.
  • Patients who are severely overweight
  • Women planning on having children in the next 2-5 years.
  • Patients who smoke and are unwilling to quit.

How do I prepare for the surgery?

  • Plan on having someone stay with you full-time after the procedure for the first few days.
  • You’ll feel most comfortable in a “recliner” position – back reclined and knees bent.
  • Have extra dressings, baby wipes, and loose clothing available.

What happens the day of surgery?

  • You’ll meet with Dr. Dellinger, the anesthesia staff and nurses to answer any remaining questions and help prepare you for the procedure.
  • During the surgery you’ll be given an anesthetic and will be completely asleep and pain-free.
  • The surgery itself can take an hour to two hours depending on the patient.
  • When you wake up you’ll be in the recovery area and will have a tight elastic garment around your waist and a small drain tube.

What is the recovery like?

  • We want you to rest at home for the first few days, getting up regularly to move about.
  • Have someone help you clean your incision daily and apply new dressings.
  • Wear your garment 24/7 except for dressing changes for the first two weeks and during waking hours after that for another 4 weeks.
  • Record the output from the drainage tube regularly – it is generally removed in 7-10 days.
  • At two weeks you can resume some light exercise such as walking, gradually increasing over the next several weeks, avoiding heavy lifting and sit-ups for two to three months.

What are potential complications?

  • The rate of complications for this procedure is very low, but your surgery and recovery will be very closely monitored to prevent any possible problems.
  • We want you or your caregiver to contact us with any concerns you may have.

How much does an abdominoplasty cost?

  • An abdominoplasty price may vary depending on the amount of reconstruction that may be done and also if you have other procedures such as liposuction done at the same time that can affect tummy tuck price.
  • Abdominoplasty cost at Elysian Plastic Surgery includes the cost of the surgical facility, anesthesia cost, surgeon fees and the initial garment – there are no hidden fees.
  • Tummy tuck cost usually starts at $6,500 but in your in-office consultation we can give you an exact price.

How do I get started?

  • Meet with our Dr. Dellinger  and his staff for an initial evaluation as well as scheduling and pricing options.
  • Ready to move forward? We’ll be there to assist and guide you through the entire surgical process.

Dr. Dellinger is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and has performed many Tummy Tucks including patients in the Austin, Round Rock and Killeen area. Along with the dedicated nurses and staff at Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger is committed to the highest levels of care, state-of-the-art technology, and unrivaled patient care and customer support.

More information on Tummy Tucks can be found on WebMD