An abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue and fat from the abdomen. The tummy tuck tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall in addition to removing excess tissue and fat, improving the appearance of the tummy.
With a special focus on body contouring, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Workman frequently performs tummy tucks for his Vancouver, Portland and Tri-Cities patients.
A tummy tuck can significantly improve the appearance of your midsection. It does this by removing stretched skin and tissue, while repairing muscles that are stretched as a result of body weight changes or pregnancy.
Dr. Workman can perform a tummy tuck:
- if you desire a long-lasting correction to your protruding abdomen,
- as part of a “mommy makeover,” and
- if you cannot flatten your tummy with diet and exercise.
In most cases, abdominoplasty surgery is performed after a woman is finished with child bearing. The stomach muscles often stretch during pregnancy and remain lax. This may result in a "pot belly" appearance, in spite of endless crunches and sit-ups. Sewing the muscles back to their original location can dramatically flatten the abdominal profile. For long-lasting results, it is best to wait until no pregnancies are planned.
Your Tummy Tuck Procedure In Vancouver
A tummy tuck surgery is performed under generaly anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the operation. The surgery begins with an incision on your abdomen. This incision, which is beneath the belly button, extends from hip to hip. This incision is normally placed below the underwear line, so a scar should not be visible in most clothing and swimsuits. Evidence of the incision will fade with time, but a scar will remain.
Through this incision, Dr. Workman has access to the muscles of the abdomen. He will tighten these muscles with sutures, helping you achieve have a firm, flat belly after your tummy tuck. Once the muscles are tightened, the excess tissue and fat will be removed. Liposuction may be used to remove fat, in surrounding areas. Once excess tissue and fat are removed, the incisions will be closed.
How much does a tummy tuck cost in Vancouver?
The price of a tummy tuck in our Portland/Vancouver area office ranges on average from $6800-$7600. A "mommy makeover" is a combination of procedures, usually including breast augmentation and tummy tuck. The typical price range for a full mommy makeover is from $12,500 to $13,500.
Your Tummy Tuck Results And Recovery
After your abdominoplasty, you will need to rest and limit your activity for about ten days. You will be sent home following your surgery to rest and recover. Dr. Workman will prescribe medication to help manage your pain. You will need to care for your incisions and surgical drains that will be placed near your incision. You will need to wear compression garments to facilitate healing. You will have a follow up visit to have your sutures removed.
You may see swelling and bruising in the area following your surgery. It is important that you start to walk and move around after surgery, even though you cannot bend or lift. You should be able to return to work in 10-14 days, however heavy lifting should be avoided for three months. Note: If your primary problem is limited to excess fat, you may be a candidate for liposuction instead.
If you live in the Portland and Vancouver area and you are interested in a tummy tuck, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Workman has plastic surgery offices in Vancouver and Tri-Cities, Washington. Call us today at (360) 896-6000 or complete the online contact form to inquire about an appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Michael Workman M.D.