Tummy Tuck in Worcester, MA
Many adults are plagued by sagging abdominal skin left over after dramatic weight loss, either via surgery or natural weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery eliminates this excess skin and fat and tightens weakened abdominal muscles. Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Shrewsbury, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, provides tummy tuck surgery and other cosmetic procedures for residents of the Worcester area in Massachusetts.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck refers to a surgical procedure called abdominoplasty, which tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, re-sculpts the waistline, and produces a firm, tight belly. Many patients experience unsightly folds of sagging skin and weak muscles following pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, and the tummy tuck procedure yields a defined body contour and eliminates stretch marks from the lower abdomen. The tummy tuck requires a horizontal hairline incision just above the pubic area, and in some cases, an additional incision in the navel area to facilitate trimming away excess skin from the region above the navel.
Why Should I Consider a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck improves appearance and self-esteem by providing the following benefits:
- Removal of loose, sagging skin as well as stretch marks, scars, and cellulite
- Tightening of lax abdominal muscles that result in a tighter, flatter abdomen
- Definition of the waistline
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
A full tummy tuck requires a hairline incision, running horizontally just above the pubic line, and a tiny incision just above the belly button used to remove excess skin and fatty tissue. Lax muscle tissue in the abdomen is tightened, and the belly button is moved to a new position. The tummy tuck leaves a horizontal hairline scar running from hipbone to hipbone, but in most patients, this hairline scar fades significantly over time.
Tummy Tuck Vs Mini Tummy Tuck
There are actually two tummy tuck procedures. A full tummy tuck is recommended for individuals with significant weakness of the abdominal wall muscles and a large volume of excess fat and skin to eliminate. A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure that provides solutions for patients who still have some muscle strength in the abdominal wall, and less fat and skin to eliminate. Dr. Ekstrom will carefully assess your specific condition and recommend which procedure is right for you.
Can a Tummy Tuck Be Combined with Other Procedures?
Many women want a tummy tuck procedure following pregnancy, and many elect the full mommy makeover treatment, which combines the tummy tuck with other procedures to tighten the body after pregnancy and lactation. You may combine breast enhancement procedures, such as a breast lift or breast augmentation, or liposuction treatment with your tummy tuck, yielding a personalized makeover just for you. It is considered a safe and effective practice to combine different procedures because it reduces recovery time, expenses and risk.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery
Following a tummy tuck procedure, most patients need about 10-14 days to fully heal from the procedure and return to non-strenuous daily activities. To ensure optimal healing, Dr, Ekstrom recommends that you slowly and gradually resume regular physical activity after a period of six to eight weeks following the procedure.
Can I Become Pregnant After A Tummy Tuck?
Yes. Although it will be perfectly possible for you to become pregnant and enjoy a healthy, normal pregnancy after a tummy tuck, Dr. Ekstrom and our team of experts recommend holding off on your tummy tuck procedure until after you are done with pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation, because future pregnancies may alter the results of your tummy tuck surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is recommended for patients with lax abdominal wall muscles caused by pregnancy or extreme weight loss, and for those patients who exhibit excess sagging folds of skin in the abdominal area. Naturally, all candidates for surgery must be in general good health and observe any instructions the doctor recommends prior to surgery. For those with less volume of localized fatty deposits and firmer skin tone, we may recommend a less-invasive liposuction treatment or a mini-tummy tuck instead of the full tummy tuck.
How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost in Worcester?
Every procedure is unique and depends on your particular condition, so the price will vary between patients. Since tummy tuck surgery is considered a cosmetic treatment, most health insurance providers do not typically cover it. Our office keeps cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks affordable for all our patients by providing easy and flexible financing and payment options.
If want to eliminate sagging folds of skin and lax muscle tone following pregnancy or extreme weight loss, a tummy tuck may be ideal for you. For residents of Worcester and the surrounding communities of Massachusetts, Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom performs tummy tuck surgery with many years of experience at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Shrewsbury. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.