During tummy tuck surgery, clinically known as abdominoplasty, a plastic surgeon removes loose skin, tightens the abdominal muscles, and eliminates stubborn deposits of fat. This proven surgical treatment can be thoroughly customized to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual patient. There are several variations of tummy tuck surgery, each designed to target certain areas of the body or specific issues. An experienced plastic surgeon can thoroughly explain these options and help patients arrive at a treatment plan that will gives them natural results and an improved sense of confidence.

The procedure also does not permanently change the breast shape and firmness. As time marches on, you may expect the effects of aging and gravity to continue. In these cases, a secondary revision surgery may be required. The best candidates for this cosmetic surgery are women who are emotionally well-adjusted, have realistic expectations, and understand the procedure thoroughly.
Anesthesia is administered to prevent the patient from experiencing pain as the surgeon creates incisions, removes excess tissue, and carries out the other steps of a tummy tuck procedure. It can be administered either by an anesthesiologist or by a nurse. In many cases, anesthesia expenses are charged by the hour. Anesthesia performed by an anesthesiologist can cost $450 per hour or more. Having a nurse administer the anesthesia can provide a cost savings, incurring fees of about $300 an hour or more. In my experience, there is no issue or concern with the quality of anesthesia administered by a nurse.
Endoscopic tummy tuck surgery is performed on patients with weakened abdominal muscles, little abdominal fat, and no noticeable loose skin around the stomach area. Endoscopic tummy tucks involve the use of a tiny camera attached to a slender tube, called an endoscope, which is inserted into the site of incision. An endoscopic abdominoplasty results in the least noticeable scarring because the incisions only have to be large enough to allow for the insertion of the endoscope and the surgeon's tools. This tummy tuck technique is employed in tummy tucks for men and women who suffer from rectus diastasis, a disorder that involves the separation of the abdominal muscles at the midline of the belly.
The general rule regarding tummy tuck scars is that the longer and more difficult the tummy tuck recovery process, the more noticeable the tummy tuck scars will be. Most tummy tuck scars become lighter and flatter with time, but they may appear to grow more noticeable before they begin to fade. This is a common experience for many abdominoplasty patients, and although you should feel free to contact your surgeon if you are concerned, it is usually just a natural step in the healing process. Tummy tuck scars never completely disappear. In the latter stages of the healing process, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend a cream or ointment to use on your scar.
Plastic surgery, the functional, structural, and aesthetic restoration of all manner of defects and deformities of the human body. The term plastic surgery stems from the Greek word plastikos, meaning “to mold” or “to form.” Modern plastic surgery has evolved along two broad themes: reconstruction of anatomic defects and aesthetic enhancement of normal form. The surgical principles of plastic surgery remain focused on preserving vascularity, replacing like tissue with like tissue, respecting anatomic zones, and fostering wound healing by minimizing tissue trauma. As a diverse surgical specialty, the discipline of plastic surgery not only interacts with other disciplines of medicine but also merges medical science with the art of physical restoration. It couples careful evaluation of defects with sophisticated arrangements of tissue to improve the uniformity and natural resemblance of repair. Innovative techniques used in plastic surgery are largely the result of the successful clinical application of advances in tissue engineering, nanotechnology, and gene therapy.
A surgeon with a lot of experience performing breast lifts and who is in high demand will likely charge more for his or her services. In addition, some plastic surgeons will perform their surgeries only in a hospital. Using hospital facilities rather than a private operating suite increases the breast lift cost, but may reduce the chance of serious breast lift complications. If your surgery requires an overnight stay in the hospital or private surgical facility, this adds to the overall price as well.
Once a patient has chosen his or her plastic surgeon, they will have a complete, personalized consultation. The exact timing of this appointment will depend on the doctor's schedule and personal preferences. Some doctors schedule the first appointment months before the procedure, while others like the consultation and the tummy tuck to follow in close succession. Whatever the timeline, pre-surgical consultations include several components.
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your needs can be daunting, which is why Dr. Daniel and Dr. Weisberg spend an uncommon amount of time in consultation, answering your questions in depth, and creating a personalized roadmap for your cosmetic journey. They believe that trust, transparency and compassion make for an excellent foundation for success. From precision body sculpting to the most delicate and nuanced facial procedures, Maine Plastic Surgery provides highly natural yet stunning results in a world class setting.
I classify tummy tuck surgery as limited (sometimes called a "mini tummy tuck"), standard, or extended. In general, all tummy tuck procedures require liposuction (the surgical removal of fatty tissue) and abdominal plication (the tightening of the abdominal wall). There are several methods of performing liposuction. I use a method called VASERlipoTM, which uses ultrasound to liquefy fat before it is removed, and it costs several hundred dollars more than standard lipousction.
People who have lost a significant amount of weight may enjoy much improved health, but the weight loss can also have undesirable aesthetic effects. Loose, sagging skin and overstretched abdominal muscles can make a person feel nearly as self-conscious about his or her body as a higher weight. Indeed, some people become so discouraged and disheartened that they lose the will to continue their healthy lifestyle, regaining the weight they worked so hard to shed.
Though media and advertising do play a large role in influencing many people's lives, such as by making people believe plastic surgery to be an acceptable course to change our identities to our liking,[37] researchers believe that plastic surgery obsession is linked to psychological disorders like body dysmorphic disorder.[38] There exists a correlation between sufferers of BDD and the predilection toward cosmetic plastic surgery in order to correct a perceived defect in their appearance.[39]
Hand surgery is concerned with acute injuries and chronic diseases of the hand and wrist, correction of congenital malformations of the upper extremities, and peripheral nerve problems (such as brachial plexus injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome). Hand surgery is an important part of training in plastic surgery, as well as microsurgery, which is necessary to replant an amputated extremity. The hand surgery field is also practiced by orthopedic surgeons and general surgeons. Scar tissue formation after surgery can be problematic on the delicate hand, causing loss of dexterity and digit function if severe enough. There have been cases of surgery to women's hands in order to correct perceived flaws to create the perfect engagement ring photo.[20] 

While a surgeon's credentials and reputation can certainly be a great indication that your surgery will provide satisfying results, it is not a guarantee. Surgery is never 100 percent predictable in its outcomes. I and most surgeons I know, as experienced as we are, cannot actually guarantee what we do. I stand behind what I do, and that's my best warranty. If there are some problems with unfavorable scarring or contour problems, you should expect some further expenses involved in revising your results, but they should be small compared to the cost of your original surgery.
In regard to complexity of the procedure, a standard full tummy tuck in which the belly button is repositioned requires more time than a mini-tummy tuck in which the belly button is not repositioned.  An extended tummy tuck in which the incision is brought around the sides onto the back (almost circumferential) requires additional efforts compared to a standard tummy tuck.  A drainless tummy tuck requires placement of progressive tension sutures beneath the abdominal skin so that drains do not need to be used, which allows a much easier recovery for the patient but also some additional time and surgical expertise.  Similarly, the addition of liposuction to the abdomen and sides is a common procedure combined with tummy tucks.
Because of the way that pregnancy stretches the skin and separates the abdominal muscles, diet and exercise can be inadequate in tightening the abdominal area after childbirth. Muscle tone and skin elasticity may be poor, especially after multiple pregnancies. For many mothers who struggle to slim down after pregnancy, surgical treatment is often the most effective way to achieve the desired shape and tone. Tummy tuck surgery restores the pre-pregnancy figure, sometimes incorporating liposuction to remove the stubborn excess fat that can remain after childbirth.

In the term "plastic surgery," the adjective plastic implies sculpting and/or reshaping, which is derived from the Greek πλαστική (τέχνη), plastikē (tekhnē), "the art of modelling" of malleable flesh.[2] This meaning in English is seen as early as 1598.[3] The surgical definition of "plastic" first appeared in 1839, preceding the modern "engineering material made from petroleum" sense of plastic (coined by Leo Baekeland in 1909) by 70 years.[4]

Doctors will not perform abdominoplasty on anyone under the age of 18. While it is certainly safe for patients in their 20's to have a tummy tuck, some doctors may advise patients to wait until they are a little older, particularly women who think they may want to have children in the future. There is no cut-off age for abdominoplasty, but doctors will typically ask senior patients to undergo a complete medical exam before they agree to perform elective surgery.

As a result, the cost can range widely based on the amount of time needed to complete all of the steps required to achieve the best possible result for your abdomen.  I would recommend scheduling an in-person consultation with a surgeon in your area well versed in all of these tummy tuck options for a thorough evaluation and more specific recommendations regarding the best treatment plan for you and associated cost.
Other aesthetic surgeries can reduce or augment parts of the body that are perceived to be too large or too small; common examples include the nose or breasts. In addition, the judicious use of liposuction can improve contour in areas that are unbalanced by excess fat. For the face the use of botulinum toxin can weaken the underlying muscles that create some wrinkles; other wrinkles can be softened by injection of hyaluronic acid. Chemical peels, dermabrasion, and lasers can be used to smooth the fine wrinkles that can form in the uppermost layers of skin.
I personally include two follow-up visits in the cost of a tummy tuck treatment. During these visits, I provide VelaShapeTM treament, which uses ultrasound to expedite the reduction of swelling, smooth out any irregularities, and flatten scars to promote attractive results. If you need more than two visits, these sessions can cost $50 to $100 each.
Thank you for your question.  Costs can vary greatly, based on the professional fees, type of anesthesia, facility, location, and ancillary procedures that are done to improve your result.  In our practice, an outpatient skin-only abdominoplasty would be a much different price than my usual tummy tuck (which involves liposuction of the back, fat grafting to the buttocks, liposuction to the abdomen with etching to improve the contour, a full muscle repair, and removal of excess skin, along with Exparel for pain control and an overnight stay with one-on-one concierge nursing at our facility, and postoperative scar care).
People who smoke following their surgeries are much more likely to experience complications, infections, and unsightly scarring. Because smoking inhibits the flow of oxygen all over the body, abdominoplasty patients should not use tobacco products for at least 2 weeks after their surgeries. Of course, avoiding smoking for a longer period or quitting entirely will improve healing even further.
As a person ages, the skin loses some of its natural elasticity and the muscles gradually weaken. The aging process often has a pronounced impact on the abdominal region, resulting in a flabby, sagging midsection. For some, the loss of definition in the stomach area is a source of self-consciousness, as they begin to appear older and less fit than they feel. In such cases, a tummy tuck can have a rejuvenating effect on the entire body. Thanks to the tightening and streamlining of the abdominal area, post-tummy tuck patients enjoy looking younger and healthier.
Circumferential tummy tucks is a type of body lift. Circumferential tummy tuck surgeries are often sought by patients who have undergo gastric bypass surgery. Massive weight loss is often accompanied by a significant loss in skin elasticity. Some insurance companies will cover part of the cost of a circumferential tummy tuck surgery. The presence of sagging skin may be a health issue as well as an aesthetic one, as fungus can form between the folds of the skin. Circumferential abdominoplasty can involve the removal of excess skin from the thigh, buttocks, and hips, as well as the central abdominal area. The scars for this type of procedure extend to the back.
McIndoe is often recognized for not only developing new techniques for treating badly burned faces and hands but also for recognising the importance of the rehabilitation of the casualties and particularly of social reintegration back into normal life. He disposed of the "convalescent uniforms" and let the patients use their service uniforms instead. With the help of two friends, Neville and Elaine Blond, he also convinced the locals to support the patients and invite them to their homes. McIndoe kept referring to them as "his boys" and the staff called him "The Boss" or "The Maestro."[citation needed]

The National Center for Policy Analysis reports that the cost of medical care covered by insurance has doubled since 1992. The consumer price index (the price of all goods) rose by 50 percent, but the index of plastic surgery prices has risen only by about 20 percent, despite the fact that there were 40 times more plastic surgery procedures performed in 2008 than in 1992. In short, the cash pay healthcare market has much more competition, which has resulted in relatively stable prices.

The number and length of incisions that are made by a tummy tuck surgeon will vary, depending upon the specific procedure being performed. There are different kinds of tummy tucks to address different kinds of aesthetic complaints. The mini tummy tuck, for example, involves a single, very small incision that is made below the navel. By contrast, circumferential abdominoplasty surgery requires an incision around the circumference of the waist line, since it involves the removal of loose hanging skin from the entire hip area, including the back. Traditional tummy tucks involve one incision along the front of the abdomen from one hip bone to the other. All incisions are carefully planned prior to surgery to improve the chances that the resulting scars will be easily hidden beneath underwear, bikinis, and other swim wear. You can speak with your surgeon about altering the position of your incisions, based on your body type and lifestyle preferences.
If your surgeon does not have a private surgical suite, this can save you a considerable amount of money compared to the cost of undergoing surgery in an ambulatory surgical center or a hospital. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that the average facility fee for undergoing an outpatient procedure in a non-profit hospital is about $2,300, while a for-profit hospital charges nearly $1,800. However, facilities in many states will actually offer a discount to patients paying out of pocket. This is especially true among facilities in Maryland, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Vermont. If you consult with a surgeon who performs in a hospital, be sure to ask about any potential discounts you can expect as a cash-pay patient.
1. Your surgeon (cheapest, least effective - NOT a good idea). The vast majority of Plastic surgeons prefer doing Tummy Tuck surgery under general anesthesia because of its safety, accuracy and comfort of the patient. When a doctor performs his Tummy Tuck under local anesthesia in his office surgery room it usually means that local anesthesia may be the ONLY choice of anesthesia he can offer because of his training, board certification and issues in his past, he is not allowed to operate in a local hospital or surgery center.
Once a surgeon has a good understanding of the patient's physical needs, they can discuss the aesthetic goals for the procedure. The doctor may take some pictures, and together they will determine the right treatment for the patient's needs. Considerations include the degree of correction he or she requires, where the incisions will be placed, budget, and physical health. After the doctor has developed a personalized treatment plan, the patient will have the opportunity to accept or decline the proposed procedure.
From the minute I stepped outside I turned to my husband and said I wanted to get it done. I was very glad to have him there with me because after the appointment he understood it all as well and encouraged me to move forward. After considering it for a day or two, I called and booked the appt. My doctors office required a $500 down payment to secure the date, with the remaining balance due a week prior to surgery. Obviously the cost is extensive and out of pocket, but there are medical loans (your Doctor can point you in the right direction), bank loans, credit cards, or of course, cash. I know that money is a major factor when it comes to surgery but I have not regretted a single penny of it! 
Teamwork has always been a vital part of Dr. Daniel’s life and career. It was important as a professional hockey player in his native Alberta, Canada. When he moved into medicine, he was part of an elite team of surgeons working alongside some of the world’s finest at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Now at Maine Plastic Surgery in Portland, Maine, he finds the camaraderie and collaboration with Dr. Verne Weisberg and staff to be a key factor in providing the best possible care for all clients.
If you’ve always thought cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery were one in the same, you’re not alone. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. But this is not technically correct. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same.
Breast procedures: Once they have achieved a flatter stomach, many women feel that their drooping breasts do not correspond with their enhanced midsection. For this reason, patients may choose to have breast augmentation, breast lifts, or breast reduction in conjunction with their tummy tucks. Men who suffer from gynecomastia, which causes them to develop abnormal breast tissue and fat deposits, can also benefit from male breast reduction.

Smoking constricts blood vessels and reduces the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Therefore, smokers face a higher risk for surgical complications, and they typically have a slower recovery than non-smokers. Tummy tuck candidates should stop smoking for at least two weeks before and two weeks after their surgery. Even with this cessation, smokers still have a higher rate of complications, and doctors encourage patients to stop smoking entirely before their abdominoplasty.
You may decide to have breast implants at the same time as a breast lift. An implant can increase the size or fullness of your breasts. For safety reasons, some surgeons will not do the two procedures at the same time. If this is the case, you’ll first undergo the lift, with the augmentation followed weeks to months later. This “staging” is to prevent any loss, or necrosis, of the nipple.

I classify tummy tuck surgery as limited (sometimes called a "mini tummy tuck"), standard, or extended. In general, all tummy tuck procedures require liposuction (the surgical removal of fatty tissue) and abdominal plication (the tightening of the abdominal wall). There are several methods of performing liposuction. I use a method called VASERlipoTM, which uses ultrasound to liquefy fat before it is removed, and it costs several hundred dollars more than standard lipousction.
A tummy tuck usually involves removing excess skin and fat from the lower part of the front of the abdomen; and can include plication of the rectus muscles as well as liposuction or fat grafting. The former part, can be relatively straightforward and if it is the only thing you need or require, you may not have a significant cost associated with the procedure. However, the latter, can add more time to the surgery and in turn, cost. 
If your abdominoplasty is ineligible for insurance coverage, there are several ways pay for your treatment. You can pay with cash, check or credit card, and there are several third-party financing companies. Some practices finance surgery themselves. It goes without saying, but if you choose to finance your procedure, understand your obligations and keep up with your payments.

If more than one procedure is done at the same time, your total cost may be higher. Combining procedures, such as with a mommy makeover, may be cost-effective in the long run as you only pay one facility and one anesthesia fee (these fees may be higher for longer surgeries). That said, combining plastic surgery procedures can also increase your risks.
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