Tummy Tuck Hartford, Connecticut

Tummy Tuck procedures are performed to enhance the appearance of a patient’s abdomen by removing excess skin, tightening the abdominal muscles, and sometimes removing unwanted fat deposits. The procedure has a high worth-it rating of 95% on RealSelf due to the significant benefits that patients have experienced from the surgery.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Since a Tummy Tuck procedure is performed to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles, a surgical incision is created across the bottom of the abdomen. There are various Tummy Tuck techniques that can be performed depending on the extent of a patient’s concerns and the specific area of the abdomen they want to have treated. Most procedures include removing excess skin and can use liposuction to also remove fat deposits. The incision line is then closed with stitches and will leave a scar that will fade with time. For more information on Tummy Tuck procedures, the benefits, and the recovery period, visit our blog ‘Tummy Tuck Boston: The Most Frequently Asked Questions‘.

What are the different types of Tummy Tuck procedures?

Since there are various Tummy Tuck procedures available it is important that all patients considering undergoing the procedure have a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon so that their surgical needs and suitability for the various procedures can be assessed.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full Tummy Tuck procedure is the most well-known tummy tuck technique as is it performed across the entire abdomen to address concerns over excess skin, tissue, and fat. A large incision is made across the bottom of the stomach so that both the lower and upper abdomen can be addressed during the surgery. Although the procedure will leave a scar where the incision line was made, it is designed to be hidden by the patient’s underwear or swimsuit. Dr. Mark Markarian, a Board-Certified Boston Plastic Surgeon, explains that a Full Tummy Tuck procedure generally consists of:

  • Making a small umbilical incision, which is not visible, to give patients an “innie” belly button
  • Making an incision running from hip to hip at the bottom of the stomach
  • Removing any excess skin
  • Tightening the abdominal muscles
  • In some cases liposuction is also performed

Additionally, a mini tummy tuck procedure can also be performed which uses the same surgical technique as a full tummy tuck but is only performed on the lower region of the abdomen. This means that the incision line is usually slightly smaller and the procedure is less extensive and easier to recover from as the belly button and upper abdomen are not affected.

Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck

Another type of Tummy Tuck procedure is the Fleur-De-Lis technique which is a more extensive surgical technique since the procedure removes skin horizontally and vertically on the abdomen. This means that two incision lines are created so that the procedure can be performed in both directions. The technique is named after the incision shape since it is similar to that of the petals of a Fleur-De-Lis and so does leave more significant scaring than other Tummy Tuck procedures. Since the procedure is more extensive, it is generally suitable for patients who have experienced significant weight loss and have both vertical and horizontal excess skin across the middle of their abdomen.

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove unwanted fat deposits from various areas across the face or body. The procedure uses a small incision to insert a cannula into the desired areas so that the fat deposits can be vacuumed out of the body and create a slimmer result. Since many Tummy Tuck patients desire a flatter and more contoured abdomen it is common for abdominal liposuction to be performed alongside their Tummy Tuck procedure.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

After a tummy tuck procedure, some patients may need to have drains in place for a few days or even weeks so that the excess fluid can be drained from their abdomen. If a patient requires drains after their tummy tuck procedure it is essential that they look after them and follow all after-care instructions. Regardless of the tummy tuck technique performed it is important that all patients take time off work to rest and recover after the surgery. After the surgery compressive dressings must be worn and it is normal to experience abdominal pain and swelling.

Dr. Markarian explains that most patients tend to be able to return to usual activities within three weeks and should be able to fully exercise after six weeks. Mini tummy tuck patients will have a shorter recovery time than patients who have undergone more extensive procedures. Since the fleur-de-lis tummy tuck procedure uses two incisions and is more extensive than other tummy tuck procedures the recovery time is generally longer.

How much is a Tummy Tuck procedure in Hartford, Connecticut?

Tummy Tuck procedures are very rarely covered by a patient’s insurance policy as the surgery is undertaken for aesthetic reasons. Since a tummy tuck procedure requires fairly extensive surgery, the average cost can range from $4,000 and $18,000 according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. The exact cost of your tummy tuck procedure will vary depending on many factors including:

  • If another surgery is combined with the procedure
  • Type of anesthesia used
  • The length of the surgery
  • Hospital or operating room charges 
  • Experience and expertise of surgeon 
  • Surgery location

If you are considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, you should book a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to receive professional aesthetic advice and a quotation including the full breakdown of fees.

What to look for in a Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Dr. Markarian recommends that anyone considering undergoing a Tummy Tuck procedure should book a consultation with at least one Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon. When booking a consultation it is important to consider a plastic surgeon’s credentials, expertise, and the results of previous patients who have undergone the procedure you are looking into getting.

Dr. Markarian’s Awards, Certifications, and Educational achievements include:

  • Undergraduate: Biology and Criminology; University of California; Irvine
  • Graduate: MS; Public Health; Epidemiology; Emory University
  • Internship: Public Health; Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Plastic Surgery; Saint Louis University
  • Fellowship: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; Harvard University

Tummy Tuck Before and After

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If you are considering a Tummy Tuck procedure it is important to carry out further research into the various surgical techniques as well as the potential risks of undergoing the procedure. Following this, potential Hartford, Connecticut tummy tuck patients should book a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to ensure their suitability for the procedure and specific techniques. Contact Us to book a consultation with Dr. Markarian, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has extensive experience in performing cosmetic procedures.

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