Tummy Tuck Nashoba Valley, MA

Most Nashoba Valley tummy tuck patients choose to have the procedure to address concerns over excess skin and loose abdominal muscles. This tends to be a result of pregnancy or weight loss as the abdominal muscles or skin are forced to stretch and do not always return to how they were before pregnancy or weight gain. This is why many patients undergo a type of tummy tuck procedure so they can restore a more contoured stomach.

What is a Tummy Tuck in Nashoba Valley?

Generally, tummy tuck procedures are performed to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. Tummy Tuck procedures have an extremely high worth-it rating of 95% on RealSelf due to the significant benefits that patients have reported such as achieving a slimmer and flatter stomach, having excess skin removed, removing any stretch marks across the stomach, and tightening the abdominal muscles. For more information about 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 in Nashoba Valley, MA?

The types of tummy tuck procedures available for patients is highly varied as different patients have different areas they want addressed and different degrees of concern. Some tummy tuck procedures are suitable for less significant concerns while others are designed to perform a more extensive procedure. We will go on to explain the main types of tummy tuck techniques but it is always important to book a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to gain expert advice on your specific needs.

Full Tummy Tuck

This procedure is designed to address the entire abdomen and so excess skin will be removed and the muscles can be tightened on both the upper and lower abdomen. The surgery is performed by creating a relatively large incision along the bottom of the stomach so that all areas of the abdomen can be accessed. The incision line is generally made across the bottom of the stomach where it can be hidden or covered by underwear or bikini bottoms.

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, removing any excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. Although these are the general steps of the surgery before the incision line is closed with stitches, the specific details of your procedure may vary. The specific surgical process and technique for your tummy tuck procedure will be explained during your consultation as the surgery will be specific to your goals and needs.

Following the procedure, Nashoba Valley Tummy Tuck patients generally take a couple of weeks off work to give their body time to recover from the surgery. Some patients will have drains in place for a few days or weeks and will need a follow-up appointment with their surgeon to have them removed. It is important to take care of the drains and incision sites to prevent any infections or complications. Dr. Markarian explains that most patients can return to all their usual activities within three weeks and should be able to fully exercise after six weeks.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A Mini Tummy Tuck procedure utilizes similar techniques to the full tummy tuck but it is a smaller and less extensive procedure that solely focuses on the lower abdomen. Many patients have concerns regarding their lower abdomen such as having excess skin or fat that has accumulated across the lower proportion of the stomach. These patients will be most suitable for a mini tummy tuck as it is specifically designed to treat this area of concern.

The procedure is performed using the same incision technique as a full tummy tuck as a scalpel is used to create a line across the bottom of the stomach that runs between the hips. Although the incision line is created in the same area, it is a smaller incision since less of the stomach needs to be accessed. Any excess skin is then removed and the abdominal muscles of the lower belly will be tightened. Since the procedure does not alter the upper abdomen there should be no need to alter the belly button during the surgery.

Since the procedure is less extensive than a full tummy tuck the recovery period tends to be shorter and some patients can return to their normal activities after only two or three weeks. However, it is still important that patients take time off work to recover from their surgery and ensure they follow all after-care instructions given to them by their surgeon as the body still needs time to recover from undergoing surgery. Additionally, it can take four to six weeks for the swelling to subside and the full results of the procedure to be visible.

Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck

This procedure is suitable for tummy tuck patients with significant concerns regarding excess skin and loose abdominal muscles across their stomach. Unlike the other two procedures, the Fleur-de-lis procedure is performed horizontally across the abdomen, not just vertically. This technique is therefore recommended to tummy tuck patients who have lost a significant amount of weight that has resulted in excess skin accumulated both vertically and horizontally on their abdomen.

The technique is named after the incision shape since it is similar to that of the petals of a Fleur-De-Lis. Unlike other tummy tuck procedures, this technique uses two incision lines and so scarring is more extensive from this procedure. One incision is made between the hip bones, the same as is performed for both the full and mini tummy tuck, and the second incision runs along the middle of the abdomen, so the skin can be tightened across the sides of the abdomen.

Recovering from this procedure generally takes the most amount of time and tends to be the most painful due to the fact more incision lines are used. It is often recommended that patients take two or three weeks off of work to allow the pain and swelling to subside and give their body time to recover.

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Many Nashoba Valley Tummy Tuck patients have concerns regarding both excess skin on their abdomen and areas of excess fat. This is why combining abdominal liposuction with a tummy tuck procedure is extremely common since it addresses both of these concerns at once. Generally, the addition of abdominal liposuction helps to enhance the results of a tummy tuck procedure and provides the patient with a flatter and more contoured-looking stomach. It is therefore extremely common for surgeons to recommend liposuction alongside a tummy tuck procedure.

The Cost of a Tummy Tuck in Nashoba Valley, MA

Most tummy tuck patients have to pay for the entire procedure themselves as it is considered an elective surgery that is merely performed for aesthetic reasons. This means that insurance providers are very unlikely to provide any coverage for the procedure. For more information regarding financing a surgical procedure, you can view our Plastic Surgery Financing page.

According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the average cost of a tummy tuck procedure is between $4,000 and $18,000. Generally, the cost of the procedure will amount to more than this in total since these figures do not include the price of anesthesia or hospital expenses. The exact price of your tummy tuck procedure will also greatly depend on which type of surgery you personally undergo. For example, less extensive procedures such as a mini tummy tuck will cost significantly less than more complex and extensive procedures such as the fleur-de-lis tummy tuck.

If you are considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure you can receive the exact surgery cost of your specific procedure during your surgical consultation.

What to look for in a Nashoba Valley Tummy Tuck Surgeon

If you are considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure you should book a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon so that you can receive expert advice and learn which type of tummy tuck procedure will be most suitable for your specific needs. When booking a consultation it is important to consider the 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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Dr. Markarian highly recommends that any patients considering a surgical procedure should conduct their own research into the procedure itself, the recovery process, and the potential risks of the surgery.

If you are considering a Nashoba Valley Tummy Tuck procedure, you should book a consultation with one or more Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons who have expertise in body surgeries such as tummy tuck procedures. Additionally, to learn more information about Tummy Tucks before your consultation, please visit our blog on the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Tummy Tucks.

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25 Walnut St, Suite 400,
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel: 781-713-1198

Hours Open:
Monday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Directions to Wellesley from Nashoba Valley Medical Center

(25 Walnut Street, Suite 400, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481)

Directions from Nashoba Valley Medical Center

(200 Groton Rd, Ayer, MA 01432)

  • Get on MA-2 E in Harvard from Washington St, Groton-Harvard Rd and MA-110 W/MA-111 S
    • Head southwest toward Washington St
    • Turn right toward Washington St
    • Turn left toward Washington St
    • Turn right onto Washington St
    • Slight left onto Groton-Harvard Rd
    • Turn left onto E Main St
    • Continue onto Harvard Rd
    • At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto MA-110 W/MA-111 S
    • Turn right to merge onto MA-2 E toward Concord/Boston
  • Follow MA-2 E and I-95 S to Quinobequin Rd in Newton. Take exit 38 – 37B from I-95 S
    • Merge onto MA-2 E
    • Use any lane to continue on MA-111 S/MA-2 E
    • At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto MA-2 E
    • Continue straight onto MA-2 E/Cambridge Turnpike
    • Use the right lane to merge onto I-95 S via the ramp to Attleboro
    • Keep left to stay on I-95 S
    • Take exit 38 – 37B toward MA-16 W/Wellesley
  • Follow Quinobequin Rd and Walnut St to your destination in Wellesley
    • Merge onto Quinobequin Rd
    • Continue straight to stay on Quinobequin Rd
    • Turn right onto Wales St/Walnut St
    •  Continue to follow Walnut St
    • Turn right onto Walnut Park
    • Turn right
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200 Groton Rd, Ayer, MA, 01432, United States

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