Tummy Tuck FAQ

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Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is popular for our Scottsdale and Phoenix patients who are unsatisfied with the way their abdomens look. Excess skin and fat can be especially stubborn in this region, even for people who exercise and eat a balanced diet. Tummy tuck surgery is also common for people who have lost a lot of weight or for women who have been left with sagging skin following pregnancy.

There is a huge amount of information available for people considering tummy tuck surgery, and it can be confusing. To help patients keep themselves informed, the surgeons at Advanced Aesthetic Associates have gathered a list of questions they hear most often from their Phoenix and Scottsdale tummy tuck patients.

If your question isn't answered here, or if you're ready to meet with one of our surgeons, request a consultationrequest a consultation online, or call our office at (480) 752-7874.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

As with all surgical cosmetic procedures, prospective tummy tuck patients should be nonsmokers who are in generally good physical and mental health. Tummy tuck patients are usually dissatisfied with loose, sagging skin and fat around the abdomen. This can be caused by childbirth, significant weight loss, heredity, and other factors.

It's important to remember that tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss solution. Though it will address excess fat and skin around the midsection, it is not a substitute for diet and exercise.

Are there different varieties of tummy tuck surgery?

Yes. Our doctors perform a wide variety of customizable procedures to suit the specific age, body type, and preferences of each patient. Each type of surgery has its own set of advantages and considerations. A tummy tuck is often performed as part of a Mommy Makeover in our Scottsdale and Phoenix practice. Your surgeon will help you decide which procedure is right for you based on your existing body type and your desired outcome.

  • Endoscopic tummy tucks are best for patients who desire stronger abdominal muscles but do not have a lot ot skin laxity or sagging. Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with an endoscopic tummy tuck.
  • Mini tummy tuck surgery is a modified version of a full tummy tuck. This procedure is the preferred choice for patients with only a moderate amount of skin laxity. A mini tummy tuck also uses a smaller incision.
  • Full tummy tucks are the traditional approach to abdominoplasty. This procedure addresses sagging skin, excess fat, and weakened abdominal muscles. It can even rejuvenate the appearance of the navel. Full tummy tucks generally require an incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area.
  • Extended tummy tuck surgery is a better choice for patients with more significant skin laxity and muscle weakness. Though an extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision than a full tummy tuck, this procedure can better address larger amounts of skin and fat. People considering extended tummy tucks might instead benefit from a body lift, or circumferential tummy tuck.
  • Reverse tummy tuck surgery is a specialized procedure that targets the area above the navel. Though this configuration is uncommon, it's not unheard of. The final scar of a reverse tummy tuck will be located near the breast crease. Liposuction, muscle tightening, and breast enhancement procedures may be added to a reverse tummy tuck.
  • Circumferential tummy tucks, sometimes called "body lifts," are commonly performed on patients who have lost significant amounts of weight. A circumferential tummy tuck addresses not only the abdomen, but also the hips, buttocks, and thighs. This procedure can significantly improve the appearance of the entire lower body.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Because our tummy tuck procedures vary significantly in terms of complexity the price typically ranges from $9000 to $14,000. If your tummy tuck is combined with other procedures, the cost will increase but will likely be less than if you had the procedures performed individually. Our surgeons encourage patients thinking about any type of plastic surgery procedure to consider a surgeon's credentials and experience over the price.

What are the potential risks of tummy tuck surgery?

All surgery carries some degree of risk, which is sometimes related to anesthesia or an inexperienced surgeon. These risks can include blood clots, infection, bruising, and others. By thoroughly researching your chosen surgeon and following your post-op instructions, you can minimize these risks significantly.

Potential complications specific to abdominoplasty are often cosmetic. These include residual fat, scar tissue, or an unattractive navel. In most cases, these complications can be corrected with revisionary surgery.

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