Tummy Tuck Athens
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Everybody is after that tight belly but women who have gone through child birth are at a bit of a disadvantage. When the point is crossed where sit-ups and hours of cardio isn’t helping, many women turn to the Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) as an alternative.
During a Tummy Tuck procedure, the surgeon will generally remove extra skin and fat around the midsection and depending on the health and age of the patient, may even take steps to strengthen the abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck is a part of what is called these days a Mommy Makeover procedure which generally includes a Tummy Tuck, liposuction and breast augmentation/lift. The “Mini Tummy Tuck” is another procedure that is gaining some ground these days and you should certainly speak with your surgeon about what that entails.
Two popular misconceptions about Tummy Tucks:
1. Tummy Tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or a good fitness regimen. Without proper diet, nutrition and excercise, the benefits of a Tummy Tuck can easily fade away in a fairly short amount of time. Consider the wasted money, time, surgical stress and recovery time before you indulge in that double pepperoni, sausage and cheese.
2. Stretch marks cannot be ‘fixed’ by a Tummy Tuck although often the scars will be on the skin that is to be removed. However, the point is, stretch marks that are not on skin to be removed will still be visible even after the procedure. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The recovery period for a Tummy Tuck extends out to about 6 months with the first two or three weeks being critical. For a day or two after your surgery, you will not want to move around much at all. For the first two weeks, you will be in serious recovery mode, feeling like you just had surgery. After two or three weeks, you will be mobile again and can even go back to work but you must be careful about lifting or any other effort that will put a strain on your stomach.
The results of your Tummy Tuck will last as long as do, and by saying that I mean they’ll last as long as you let them last. Sound nutrition, solid diet and a good fitness regimen are critical to helping the Tummy Tuck results last a long time. If you overindulge in eating, or do not exercise, the benefits of your Tummy Tuck will quickly disappear and you’ll be left wondering where all that money went. So before you have the procedure, you must make an iron-clad agreement with yourself that you will be very conscious and intentional about the food you eat and the amount of exercise you get afterwards. Doing otherwise will sabotage your efforts.
Tummy Tuck Cost
Prices for a Tummy Tuck will vary on based on geography, your physical condition and the surgeon who is performing the procedure. Check out our Cost Estimator page for a good idea of what you should expect but, of course, check with your surgeon as well. The overall cost of a Tummy Tuck, or other plastic surgery procedure contains costs for a variety of items as explained below:
- Surgeon Fee: This is the amount the doctor charges for doing the surgery and will vary widely depending your location and the surgeon. Typically, a more experienced and well-known surgeon will charge a higher price. With the recent advent of television shows popularizing Plastic Surgery, some surgeon’s fees have increased dramatically.
- Anesthesia Fee: Depending on the service performed and by who, this anesthesia fee can vary a good bit. A board certified MD Anesthesiologist will command a much higher price than a non-certified nurse. Bear in mind that anesthesia is a critical part of the process and paying extra to ensure a fully qualified and experienced anesthesiologist is handling your procedure is money very well spent.
- Facility Fee: Depending on if the surgery is performed in the surgeon’s office or a hospital, for example, will determine the Facility Costs associated with the procedure.
- Accessories: Items that will add to the comfort for the patient but aren’t necessarily required for the procedure itself fall into this category and they tend to add up. Items like a pain pump or Exparol Injections for 72 hours of surgical site numbing may show up on your estimate and you should understand what they are and be ready to speak with your surgeon about them.
- Revision: Revision, or follow on surgery, is usually discounted if you go back to the same surgeon and is common for both surgeons and patients. Usually, patients who get one procedure often go back for revisions as well as additional procedures.
- Add-on Surgeries: Having multiple procedures simultaneously usually lowers the cost as compared to having them separately – hence the popularity of the Mommy Makeover where multiple cosmetic surgeries are performed at the same time.
- Insurance: If a procedure that is covered by insurance is performed at the same time as the cosmetic procedure, the costs can be lowered. For example, repairing a hernia at the same time as a Tummy Tuck can result is paying less out of pocket as the insurance may cover much of the facility, anesthesiologist and over fees.
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