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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

The purpose of a tummy tuck is to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal region and restore abdominal strength in muscles that have weakened or separated. The ideal outcome is a smooth and firm abdomen. This surgical procedure can be customized to meet each patient’s specific goals. Several variations of this treatment can correct or improve specific areas of the midsection.

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Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

A tummy tuck in Tampa can vary significantly from person to person. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan. However, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if:

  • Your weight has been stable for a minimum of six months: once you’ve reached a consistent weight, this will give the surgeon a general idea of how much excess skin needs to be removed or tightened
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your midsection: you have loose skin or excess fat on your abdomen that you want removed and tightened
  • You don’t smoke or are willing to stop smoking entirely, or six weeks prior to your procedure at a minimum, as well as six weeks post-operation

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What Does Recovery from a Tummy Tuck Look Like?

While everyone’s situation is different, recovering from a tummy tuck requires plenty of time to let your body heal properly. Tummy tucks are generally outpatient surgeries that allow you to go home the same day you have the procedure. It’s suggested that someone assist you at home for at least the first few days. Typically, we recommend at least 1-2 weeks of limitations on strenuous activity that will elevate your heart rate. During this time, it is critical that you rest as much as possible but still maintain some regular activity to avoid blood clots.

You must stay flexed at the waist with your head elevated and pillows beneath your knees. This positioning will keep your abdomen elevated and reduce the pull of skin on your stomach.

If drains were placed during your surgery, you will need to take special care of them. You will need to empty the drain bulb as it fills with fluid and take note of the amount of fluid each time it is emptied. This information is important to pass along to your surgeon to track your healing progress.

Compression garments are typically used during the recovery period as well. The garment should be worn 24 hours a day for at least the first few weeks of recovery in order to help reduce swelling and prevent fluid build-ups.

Light to moderate activity can be resumed 2-4 weeks post-surgery. Reintroduce movements very slowly, and avoid lifting anything heavy during this time. Depending on the extent of your surgery and incisions, regular activity can usually be resumed six weeks post-operation.

How much does a tummy tuck cost? Prices starting at $12,000

The cost of a tummy tuck in Tampa can vary significantly depending on the complexity of your case. It's important to note that health insurance companies do not cover tummy tuck surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. The total cost of the procedure may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Surgeon fees

However, there may be other miscellaneous fees that are not included in the cost, such as:

  • Blood tests or other pre-operative testing
  • Medical clearance exams
  • Prescription medications

Several factors can affect the cost of the procedure, such as the amount of experience and the overall reputation of your surgeon. Surgeons with many years of experience or a high reputation may typically cost more. The surgeon's techniques for the procedure and the case's complexity can also affect the cost. Additionally, where your surgeon's practice is located may affect the cost, as larger cities typically have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck but feel limited financially, you can speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We strive to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help you achieve your surgical goals.

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Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Tummy Tuck

When seeking a plastic surgeon, choosing someone certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is essential. These surgeons complete a demanding training program that lasts between 6 and 8 years after their medical education, during which they receive specialized instruction in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. This training equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to perform complex procedures with precision, ensuring you receive the best possible care and outcomes.

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Why Choose VIVIFY for Your Tummy Tuck?

Appearance holds significant importance in today's society, and it's easy to become overly critical of ourselves, missing out on what makes life worthwhile. At our boutique VIVIFY plastic surgery & Medspa practice in Tampa, our goal is to enhance your natural beauty so you radiate confidence in your life. Dr. Dallas Buchanan and Michelle Buchanan, our board-certified medical experts, create individualized treatment plans for each patient based on their goals and timeline, prioritizing open communication and responsiveness. We value safety and never rush treatments or procedures, treating our patients like family with utmost care and comfort. Everyone is beautiful in their unique way, and we're here to help you feel that way, too.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

What are the risks?

Will insurance cover my tummy tuck?

What are the risks?

An abdominoplasty is considered a very safe procedure, but all medical procedures come with risks and potential side effects. The side effects of a tummy tuck can include, but are not limited to:

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Excessive bruising
  • Numbness
  • Prolonged wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Skin discoloration
  • Dramatic fluid buildup in the extremities or abdomen (seroma)
  • Fat necrosis
  • Nerve damage
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Infection
  • Uneven skin across the stomach or asymmetry

Having the procedure performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon can minimize the associated risks.

Will insurance cover my tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck surgery is not covered by health insurance companies as it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

Dr. Buchanan also Offers a Reverse Tummy Tuck

Unveil a sleeker, more confident you with the reverse tummy tuck—the ultimate secret to a sculpted upper abdomen. A reverse tummy tuck is best for patients who have excess skin and fat in the upper abdomen, often due to weight loss or pregnancy. This transformative procedure, also referred to as the upper abdominal lift, is your key to shedding excess skin and stubborn fat that lingers above your belly button. 

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