Tummy Tuck South Shore, Massachusetts

Tummy Tuck procedures are generally undertaken by patients after pregnancy or significant weight loss as the surgery helps to contour and tighten the abdomen. The procedure has a 95% worth-it rating on RealSelf due to the many benefits that previous patients report such as a slimmer and more contoured abdomen, the removal of excess skin and stretch marks, and tightened abdominal muscles. For more information about tummy tuck procedures, the benefits, and the recovery period, visit our blog on the Most Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the different types of Tummy Tuck in South Shore, MA?

There are several different types of tummy tuck procedures available to patients and the most suitable one will depend on your individual needs and aims. Patients should always book a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon so that they can discuss their specific goals for surgery and can receive expert advice on what type of procedure will be best for their needs. It is important that patients see a surgeon who specializes in Tummy Tuck procedures so that they will get the best advice and recommendations.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full Tummy Tuck procedure is often referred to as a traditional tummy tuck and is performed across the entire abdomen. Patients who desire to undergo the procedure have concerns regarding both the upper and lower regions of their abdomen as a full tummy tuck addresses both areas to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. Abdominal Liposuction can also be undertaken alongside the procedure so that excess fat deposits are removed from the abdomen as well as any excess skin.

Dr. Mark Markarian, a Board-Certified Boston Plastic Surgeon, explains that a Full Tummy Tuck includes:

  • Making a small umbilical incision, which is not visible, to give patients an “innie” belly button.
  • Making a low waistline incision (designed to be hidden by the patient’s underwear or swimsuit)
  • Removing any excess skin
  • Tightening the abdominal muscles

When recovering from the procedure, individual characteristics of the patients will impact the exact recovery time and process. However, Dr. Markarian explains that most patients tend to be able to return to their usual activities within three weeks and should be able to fully exercise after six weeks. Initially, after the procedure, some patients may have drains in place for a few days or weeks and it is essential that patients look after them.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A Mini Tummy Tuck is a less extensive procedure, as it only addresses the lower section of the abdomen. Patients who have concerns regarding this region of their stomach including concerns over a “pooch” or excess skin under the belly button are likely to be suitable candidates for this type of procedure. Since the procedure merely focuses on the lower region, the belly button is not altered or repositioned during the surgery. Specific concerns, such as over a “pooch”, can be addressed with abdominal Liposuction of the lower abdomen.

According to Healthline, a Mini Tummy Tuck involves:

  • Making a small horizontal incision between the hipbones
  • Removing excess skin on the lower abdomen
  • Tightening underlying muscles

The recovery period for this procedure is shorter and less intense as some patients have recovered after two weeks of undergoing the surgery. However, it can take four weeks for other patients to resume normal activities and up 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 generally recommended for those who have experienced significant weight loss and have both vertical and horizontal excess skin across the middle of their abdomen. The Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck gets its name from the incision shape since it is similar to that of the petals of a Fleur-De-Lis as two incisions are used. One incision is made between the hip bones, the same as is performed for both the full and mini tummy tuck, while a second incision is made that runs along the middle of the abdomen, so the skin can be tightened from side-to-side of the abdomen.

Since two incision lines are used this type of procedure does cause more extensive scarring and should be seriously considered before undergoing the surgery. The recovery time also tends to be longer and it is often recommended that patients take two or three weeks off from work so that they have time to properly heal from the surgery.

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

If patients have concerns regarding abdominal fat, then liposuction can be performed alongside the procedure as a Tummy Tuck does not remove any fat deposits. In WomensHealthMag, Kate Bayless explains that patients should not be offended if they are recommended liposuction as part of the tummy tuck procedure as it is extremely common and can enhance the results of the procedure. As with any surgery, patients should contact a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to understand the recovery process.

Tummy Tuck Cost South Shore

Tummy Tuck procedures are very rarely covered by a patient’s insurance policy as the surgery is undertaken for aesthetic reasons. This means that patients typically need to fund the entire procedure themselves and so how much the various types of Tummy Tuck surgeries cost is one of the most frequently asked questions during consultations.

The exact cost of the procedure will be dependent on multiple factors including the location, the surgeon’s level of expertise, and the specific surgery being undertaken. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the average cost may be between $4,000 and $18,000. However, usually, this cost does not include the price of anesthesia or hospital expenses so often the entire surgery can amount to more than this.

If you are considering undergoing a procedure, you should reach out to 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 South Shore Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Dr. Markarian recommends that potential patients considering a Tummy Tuck should book a consultation with at least one Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon. When booking a surgical consultation it is always essential 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

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All potential plastic surgery patients should research the procedure so they are aware of the specific surgery process, the risks and recovery period.

If you are considering a Tummy Tuck procedure, the next step is to contact a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon for a consultation. 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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