You may consider a tummy tuck if you have extra fat and skin over your belly that diet and exercise can’t get rid of. A tummy tuck procedure is an outpatient surgery. As in any cosmetic surgery, you should be doing the surgery for yourself – not for pleasing someone else.
Dr. Lewis advises patients to stop taking medications that thin the blood. Smoking compromises the healing process and he strongly advises you to stop smoking. He will discuss your anesthesia options with your anesthesiologist.
Your tummy will look and feel swollen for the first few weeks. You will have a scar above your pubic area and around your belly button. After a couple of weeks, the swelling should start to go down and your tummy should look smoother, flatter and firmer. The scars begin to fade after several months. Stretch marks should be visibly improved from the procedure. Most patients can go back to work after a week of recovery.
A tummy tuck procedure is an outpatient surgery. Most patients can go home shortly after the procedure. Dr. Lewis requires someone to drive you home and stay with you the first night. You will have a dressing on your belly and may have some drainage tubes under the dressing. You will be scheduled for a one week appointment for dressing changes, drain removal and to have the stitches or staples removed. You will have to limit your activity and possibly take pain medication for the first week or two. Dr. Lewis will recommend to you when you can go back to your normal daily routine.
How much will a Tummy Tuck cost?
A tummy tuck procedure is affordable. Call our office for more information. Cost depends on the needs of the patient and choice of anesthesia. Most insurance will not pay for cosmetic surgery.
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