A full tummy tuck – also known as a formal abdominoplasty – will deliver the most dramatic result, removing excess skin and fat while also restoring separated abdominal muscles. This comprehensive procedure is accordingly associated with a longer recovery period.
An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, which is not paid for by insurance. In general, a formal abdominoplasty costs approximately $10,500. The price includes the surgeon’s fee, the facility fee at the Theda Care Surgery Center, and anesthesia. The pricing is subject to change, and will change if the surgery is done at another facility, and if there are unique circumstances surrounding the surgery, etc.
The use of Stratamed® immediately after wound closure and for several weeks afterwards, is highly recommended for optimal healing. Stratamed is the first film-forming silicone gel-based wound dressing approved for the use on open wounds and compromised skin. Depending on the length of the incision, a tube of Stratamed® costs $35-$95.
There are also multiple procedure discounts: 15% off the surgeon’s fee for the 2nd procedure, and 30% off the surgeon’s fee for the 3rd procedure. There is a 50% discount off the facility fee for the 2nd procedure. Anesthesia is based solely on time. There are financing options, such as Care Credit available. However, payment by cash gives the patient an additional 5% discount. There could be additional discounts, which are too varied to be mentioned here.
If you would like to find out more about an abdominoplasty, request your consultation online or call the office at (920) 233-1540 to set up your appointment. The non-refundable $80 cosmetic consultation fee can be applied towards the cost of the procedure.
The full tummy tuck is best suited for patients with a large amount of fat or skin to remove, and who are able to devote a longer period of time to recovery. Many full tummy tuck patients have recently lost a large amount of weight, or women who have weak abdominal muscles and excess fat after giving birth.
Liposuction removes excess fat in areas of tight, elastic skin. However, some skin loses elasticity over time, and won’t bounce back with fat removal alone. A formal abdominoplasty removes both excess skin and fat, and tightens muscles that have been stretched after pregnancy or weight loss. While liposuction has a shorter recovery period, tummy tucks deliver more dramatic results.
While a patient is under general anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision from hip bone to hip bone, ideally beneath the bikini line. In some cases when more fat and skin needs to be removed, the incision will extend beyond the hips.
A formal abdominoplasty removes all the skin from the pubic area all the way up to the umbilicus. The deep layer is fully tightened. Separated muscles in the abdominal region are repaired. Minor liposuction may be used to assist with fat removal before the upper skin is pulled down and sewn to a low transverse incision.
Different women have different body types, and where these final scars are placed can be different, depending on the length of the torso and the tightness of the upper abdominal skin. The umbilicus is brought through the skin after re-draping and a new hole is cut for it. The surgeon tightens the muscles by sewing the two sides together, which helps women who have lax muscles.
Dr. David Janssen and Dr. William Doubek are experts in tummy tucks. The Wisconsin plastic surgeons are helping women and men from places such as Green Bay, Appleton, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan perfect their personal Renaissance. Contact Fox Valley Plastic Surgery at (920) 233-1540 to request your consultation in either the Oshkosh or Appleton office.
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The average recovery period for a full abdominoplasty is between 2-4 weeks, during which rest is recommended. Quick showers are permissible 24 hours after the procedure.
Walking between rest periods prevents blood clots from forming. Serious complications can arise from blood clots, and patients should seek immediate medical care if they believe that they may have a blood clot.
After an abdominoplasty, the patient wears an abdominal binder which holds the dressings in place. Unless showering, the patient must wear the binder at all times until the physician tells the patient otherwise. A drain will come out through the pubic area under the skin to remove excess fluid. Discomfort, including swelling and bruising, is common but controlled with medication. Full abdominoplasties result in a long scar that the surgeon attempts to place as low as possible.
The ability to return to work at a desk job depends on a patient’s individual healing ability, pain tolerance and motivation. Full abdominoplasty patients typically take off 7-10 days before returning to a desk job. Only a highly motivated patient can return to a desk job in 7 days because there will still be discomfort from the surgery and the drains interfere with clothing options. Lifting is absolutely forbidden for 6 weeks, so an early return to work is not suggested for patients with active jobs.
Meeting with either Dr. David Janssen or Dr. William Doubek, both board-certified plastic surgeons, will give patients an unbiased assessment of their abdomens. During the consultation, an evaluation of the patient’s physical and emotional health will be used to create a personal care plan. Based on the findings of a physical exam, a determination of the best surgical or nonsurgical procedures will be discussed and presented to the patient.
Dr. David Janssen and Dr. William Doubek combine experience, refined surgical techniques, and artistry to produce beautiful results for their plastic and reconstructive surgery patients.
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