If you’ve recently been pregnant or you’re getting older, you may know how difficult it can be to lose stubborn fat around your waistline. No matter how healthy you eat or however many crunches you perform, you just can’t seem to get rid of the pooch. As it turns out, weak or abdominal muscles often exacerbate this belly pooch – and only a tummy tuck can help you get that flat tummy.
A tummy tuck (also referred to as an abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that’s meant to repair the abdominal walls after they’ve been damaged from pregnancy, significant weight gain/loss, or the aging process. Here’s how the tummy tuck works – your cosmetic surgeon makes small incisions just above the pubic mound, which allows him or her to access the abdominal muscles. Your cosmetic surgeon will repair the abdomen and pull muscles taut to promote a sleek and streamlined stomach. Any excess skin will be trimmed and removed to highlight your new stomach.
While a tummy tuck doesn’t normally include fat removal, it is common for patients to request liposuction as part of their abdominoplasty procedure. Adding liposuction is an excellent solution for candidates who may have excess fat and want to remove it in order to show off their new and improved stomach.
The cost of a tummy tuck can vary based on the cosmetic surgeon; however, at Surgical Arts of Virginia, an abdominoplasty procedure costs $4,400. This cost includes general anesthesia, surgical fees, prescription medications, and other costs associated with the surgery. You’ll receive a final quote for your tummy tuck procedure after your consultation with board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Shane Palmer.
If you’re in the Fredericksburg, VA area and are interested in learning more about undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, you can contact Surgical Arts of Virginia at (540) 371-7372.