Washington, D.C. and Surrounding Areas
By: George Bitar, M.D. and Larry Lickstein, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeons
A flatter tummy is the desire of many men and women. Yet, the ability to achieve a firm abdomen is not always possible through diet and exercise. Even after massive weight loss, the skin of the stomach may be far too lax to shrink along with the waistline. After pregnancy, the muscles in the abdomen may have become overly stretched and separated and may not return to their prior position. Whatever the reason for your loose skin and muscles, there is a solution. A tummy tuck is designed to restore the firm and smooth appearance of the abdomen so that you can have the body contours you envision.
Tummy Tuck Consultation in Washington, DC
Individuals interested in becoming a candidate for a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty as it is referred to when using medical terminology, can schedule a consultation at Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute. Getting a tummy tuck in Washington, D.C. is safe and successful with Dr. Bitar at your side. During your consultation you will discuss the procedure. At this time it will be determined if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Factors that will confirm that you are include a check-up from your medical doctor and lab tests that will verify you are in good health, as well as a promise from smokers to stop smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Candidates will also be able to speak with past abdominoplasty patients and ask them questions about their own experience.
Tummy Tuck Procedure Overview
There are several tummy flattening procedures. They include the following:
- Tummy Liposuction – Designed for patients with good muscle tone and tight skin, this procedure removes a mild to moderate amount of excess fat. Some patients may only require liposuction to improve the appearance of their abdomen, and not the full tummy tuck procedure. If this is the case, there will not be the lengthy lower abdominal scar of a tummy tuck and the recovery period will be shorter. Abdominal etching may be utilized to highlight the abdominal muscles after liposuction takes place.
- Tummy Tuck – A full tummy tuck generally takes two to three hours to perform. An incision will be made in the lower abdomen that extends from hip to hip. Incisions will also be made around the belly button to allow the bellybutton to stay in the proper location. The skin and fat flap are elevated up to the ribcage and excess skin is excised. At the same time, the abdominal muscles are tightened to form a firmer tummy. The flanks may also be liposuctioned if necessary to complete the transformation of the waistline.
- Lipo Abdominoplasty (Marriage Abdominoplasty) – When a significant amount of liposuction is desired to contour the abdomen, liposuction and a tummy tuck can be combined in a three- to four-hour procedure. The surgery will help to improve the contours of the waist, abdomen, and lower back. It is ideal for women who are looking for an hour glass shape.
- Extended Tummy Tuck – More skin and fat are removed in an extended tummy tuck, as well as more significant tightening of muscles. At Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, patients may receive the “inverted T” extended abdominoplasty. It is similar to a traditional tummy tuck, but excess skin in the middle of the abdomen can be better addressed by placing an additional vertical incision. There will be a midline scar, but the shape of the waist that is achieved is superior, especially for massive weight loss patients.
Tummy Tuck Recovery Time
Tummy tuck recovery will include a return visit to our office the day after your surgery. This follow-up helps us to ensure that our Washington, D. C. abdominoplasty patients avoid complications. You may be experiencing some discomfort at this point, and certainly some swelling and bruising, but these temporary side effects are normal.
The recovery period lasts on average about three weeks. Patients will be able to return to most of their normal activities. Another week of recovery is needed before exercise and strenuous activities can resume. It may take six to twelve months for you to see the final results as swelling subsides.
Tummy Tuck Cost in Washington, D.C.
Individuals inquiring about a Washington, D.C tummy tuck cost will see that an average abdominoplasty runs in the range of $7,000 to $10,500. This is an estimate. A final price will be given after a consultation. The price can be affected by many factors, such as the type of tummy flattening procedure that is best for your situation and the length of time it will take to achieve the desired effect. Abdominoplasty cost at Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute includes the price of the surgery, along with the fees for pre-op visits and post-op appointments.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos
Individuals interested in undergoing a tummy tuck should be sure to check out prospective surgeons’ before and after tummy tuck photos. A gallery of such images will allow you to see what you can expect from the cosmetic procedure. Select a board certified surgeon who has extensive experience with abdominoplasty procedures and who has treated past patients with a similar extent of sagging skin and fat. Please view our tummy tuck before and after photo gallery to acquire a clear understanding of what a tummy tuck can do.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Q – What is a tummy tuck?
A – A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. The procedure removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It also tightens abdominal muscles to help achieve the flattest contour possible. It is common among massive weight loss patients and women after pregnancy.
Q – Who are candidates for an abdominoplasty?
A – Abdominoplasty candidates are men and women who are concerned about the loose skin and fat deposits in their tummies. They have tried diet and exercise, but these methods are not able to give them the results they seek. Surgery candidates must be in good physical health, which is confirmed by their primary care physician. They should also have realistic expectations. Most patients of tummy tucks have either lost a significant amount of weight and have lax skin, or have had past pregnancies that stretched the abdominal muscles. Women should consider waiting to undergo tummy tuck until they are sure they are finished having children, since subsequent pregnancies can diminish the results of the procedure.
Q – Will I have a scar after a tummy tuck?
A – The incision for a tummy tuck extends from hip to hip, so there will be quite a significantly long scar across the lower abdomen. However, it is easily hidden within the waist band of underwear or a bathing suit. More noticeable is the vertical scars of an extended tummy tuck, but the advantages of that procedure may outweigh your concerns about any resulting scars.
Q – What tummy tuck complications can arise?
A – When performed by a board certified plastic surgeon the risk of complication is extremely rare. Some complications that can occur include bleeding, infection, opening of wounds, and nerve injury. Such complications can be avoided by attending your follow-up appointments and by undergoing lab tests and a physical exam before surgery.
Q – When can I return to work after a tummy tuck?
A – A typical tummy tuck recovery period is about three weeks. During this time you will be healing and should not do any heavy lifting that could open the wound. Most patients are ready to return to work after three weeks, but more strenuous activities should be avoided for four weeks or longer. You can speak to your plastic surgeon if you have concerns about the length of your recovery.
Tummy Tuck in Washington, DC
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