Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in Cape Girardeau, MO
A tummy tuck removes excess, wrinkled skin and subcutaneous fat from the abdomen. The underlying muscles may also be tightened during the procedure. The result is a smoother, flatter abdomen, and for some patients, the surgery relieves symptoms of lower back pain and abdominal discomfort.
What is the difference between a full abdominoplasty and mini abdominoplasty?
The incision for a full abdominoplasty goes from hip to hip and tightens the skin from just below the ribs to just above the pubic area. The long incision will allow the muscle to be tightened on the upper and lower stomach, a greater amount of skin to be removed, and the belly button to be repositioned, giving it a more pleasing appearance. The mini abdominoplasty incision can vary in length but is usually around half the length of a full abdominoplasty. The limited length allows only for the muscle to be tightened on the lower stomach, and only the skin below the belly button to be tightened.
Is liposuction performed at the same time as an abdominoplasty at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery?
If the patient undergoes a full tummy tuck, liposuction on the stomach is not part of the procedure because of the complications that may occur if the blood supply is compromised. Blood supply is important in the healing process. It is possible to perform liposuction on unrelated areas of the body at the same time, such as the hips or the outer and/or inner thighs. If a patient undergoes a mini tummy tuck, liposuction is a full component of the procedure. Liposuction will blend the upper and lower stomach areas to be more aesthetically pleasing.
Do I have to stop smoking before a tummy tuck?
Yes, the doctors at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery require the patient to stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes, vapes, and other tobacco products decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important to the healing process. We also require patients to eliminate secondhand exposure to all tobacco and marijuana products for the same duration.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?
To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, you must stop taking any blood thinners and vitamin E at least two weeks before and after surgery. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance from your family doctor as well as instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following.
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, we require the tummy tuck patient to be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.
What is the average cost of abdominoplasty? Is there a charge for the consultation?
The price of a tummy tuck will vary depending on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve the desired stomach appearance. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, the average cost for a mini tummy tuck to an extended tummy tuck ranges from $4,650 to $9,620.
Is financing for a tummy tuck available? Does insurance cover a tummy tuck procedure?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery we accept several types of payment and also provide financing options. They are cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with an outside agency. Cosmetic abdominoplasty is not covered by commercial insurance and will need to be paid in full before surgery. Make sure financing arrangements are made in advance with a financing company of your choice.
A very similar procedure called a panniculectomy is performed for documented medical reasons and may sometimes be covered by commercial insurance. A predetermination of eligibility will be submitted to your insurance company to determine coverage. An example of a medical reason that may be covered by your commercial insurance would be a patient who had gone through gastric bypass surgery that resulted in an extreme overhang of skin in the pubic area. This condition is known to cause infections and rashes.
Is there a better time of year to have the surgery performed?
You should make sure you pick a time that will allow you to heal. After abdominal surgery, you will have a 10-15 pound lifting restriction for at least three weeks following surgery (that will include lifting children). You also have to make adjustments at your place of work due to swelling and being on pain medication. On average, patients should take two weeks off work, but patients with more physically demanding jobs may have to take 4-6 weeks off from work.
I’m interested. What should I do next?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They offer plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Your next step is to contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office in Cape Girardeau today to schedule your initial tummy tuck consultation. In the meantime, jot down all your questions and concerns and bring them to your consultation so your surgeon can address them. Call now at (888) 515-2847. Start working on the new you!
David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Cape Girardeau County, Bollinger County, Perryville, and Dexter. Contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (888) 515-2847 to schedule your tummy tuck consultation!