Loose skin around the abdomen can be difficult to deal with. Whether it's from pregnancy, weight loss, or other causes, there isn't much that diet and exercise can do for this issue. The good news is that if you are looking to have the extra skin removed and the muscles underneath tightened, a cosmetic surgeon can help. An abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin. While it can produce drastic results, it requires weeks of recovery and should be considered carefully. Here are three things to consider.
When it comes to cosmetic surgery of any type, cost is a factor that should be taken into account. Since tummy tucks are cosmetic procedures, it's unlikely that your health insurance will cover much if any of the costs. On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $8,500 for this procedure. Factors that will impact your total costs will include the amount of skin and fat that need to be removed, how much tightening the underlying muscles require, and your surgeon's fees. Many cosmetic surgeons offer payment plans if you are unable to afford the total cost upfront.
Your Weight Matters
Another thing that you need to know before getting this procedure is that your weight matters. If you are considering this procedure, it's recommended that you be at or very close to your ideal weight. A tummy tuck may mean a loss of a few pounds due to skin and fat removal, but it is not a weight loss surgery. After your surgery, you will also want to maintain your weight. Weight gain or additional pregnancies can lead to stretched out skin and can undo the results of your tummy tuck.
Recovery Time Varies
After any surgery, it's important to make sure that you have ample time to devote to your recovery. However, how long your recovery takes will depend on the extent of your tummy tuck, your age, and your overall health. Some people recover faster than others. Drains are left in for a few days after your surgery and you will find it difficult to move. Typically you will need to wear an abdominal binder for six weeks after your procedure and avoid strenuous activity. It can be many weeks before you feel back to your usual self.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, costs can vary, but typically a tummy tuck will run at least a few thousand dollars. You will also want to make sure that you are at your ideal weight or close to it when you have this procedure. Recovery time varies, but typically it will be a few weeks before you are fully back into your usual routine.