Healthy men and women who exercise regularly and watch what they eat may feel their efforts are wasted because their abdomens remain flabby. If that sounds like you, it is probably time for a tummy tuck. Serving Columbia, Jefferson City, and other Missouri communities, plastic surgeon John J. Seaberg's experience with body contouring procedures such as mini- and full tummy tucks can provide the sculpted look you've been working to achieve.
Saggy abdominal skin, especially after pregnancy, may leave you feeling frustrated and self-conscious. To meet with Dr. Seaberg in Columbia and find out if a tummy tuck is right for you, request a consultation online or call (573) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
There are several reasons your abdomen might not be proportionate with the rest of your body. It may be an inherited trait, or you might have excess, sagging skin after losing a significant amount of weight. Stomach muscles weakened and separated following pregnancy also contribute to a protruding belly for many people.
If one of these factors sounds like your experience, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. You might also consider liposuction, either alone or in conjunction with a tummy tuck. People typically seek tummy tuck surgery when exercise and healthy eating habits alone do not result in significant changes to the appearance of the abdominal area.
A tummy tuck can:
Flatten and firm your stomach
Tighten weakened abdominal muscles
Remove excess skin remaining after significant weight loss
A good candidate for tummy tuck surgery is in good health overall and at a stable weight. Additionally, women planning to get tummy tuck surgery should consider whether they are done having children, because pregnancy after the procedure may affect the cosmetic results. It's also important to be committed to a restful recovery period following a tummy tuck and be comfortable with a discreet scar. With realistic expectations about recovery and results, tummy tuck surgery can deliver a very satisfying and fulfilling transformation.
As with most surgical procedures, the level of comfort and length of recuperation vary depending on the patient. It's important to be up and around in the first few days after surgery, while making sure not to bend at the waist, lift anything, or strain. You will likely not be able to stand up straight during the first week of your recovery. If your job is not strenuous, you should be ready to return to work in about 10 days. It may be up to 3 weeks before you can resume normal daily activities, and longer than that before undertaking anything that involves physical exertion.
Tummy Tuck Cost
The cost for a tummy tuck depends on the extent of correction needed, whether other procedures are combined, and other factors. Generally, a tummy tuck at our practice in Columbia, MO, ranges from $8,400 to $12,800. While cost should be a consideration, your surgeon's training and experience performing the procedure are critical to your safety and the quality of your results.
The First Step
Tummy tucks are not a substitute for exercise and good eating habits. When you meet with Dr. Seaberg for your initial consultation, he will talk to you about your personal health history, the reasons you're interested in a tummy tuck, and what your expectations are of the procedure. Through years of experience, Dr. Seaberg knows that the best cosmetic surgery outcomes begin during the consultation. He will answer any questions you might have and complete a thorough physical examination. You will also be provided detailed pre- and post-operative instructions.