He will answer your questions, discuss your expectations, and present you with the best options for achieving your aesthetic goals. In some cases, Dr. Laverson may recommend a brief procedure two weeks before your scheduled tummy tuck surgery as an additional safety measure.
On the day of your tummy tuck surgery, you’ll be served by nursing staff and an expert anesthesiologist. You will know in advance everything that will happen. Type 1 and type 2 tummy tucks are short low scars with less skin removal. Type 3 and 4 tummy tuck have slightly longer scars, but they’re still low and in the bikini line. Type 5 tummy tuck is usually after massive weight loss. These women and men require large amounts of skin removal and longer scars are required. Dr. Laverson goes beyond the traditional types of tummy tuck, such as mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, and extended tummy tuck. Those procedures often result in flat abdominal appearance, but with less natural contours and longer higher scars than are necessary
Dr. Laverson removes excess skin and fat as determined by your surgical plan and tightens your abdominal connective tissue to correct bulging and flatten your abdomen. He will also artistically shape your abdominal skin surface and belly button, and make every effort to locate scars where they’ll be hidden behind your preferred swimwear and intimate wear.
Tummy Tuck Recovery and Results
After tummy tuck, you’ll be supplied with a snug abdominal binde and all necessary medications for pain, muscle relaxation, and sleep, if necessary. Dr. Laverson will provide post-operative care instructions to follow at home. You can expect to be inactive for a week or two, with limited mobility and difficulty bending, lifting, or standing for long periods of time. The length of your recovery period will depend in part on the extent of your tummy tuck surgery, but you may need to take a week or two before you resume driving, two to four weeks off work, and six weeks or more before resuming your fitness routine. Core exercises and competitive sports should be avoided for a minimum of two months to facilitate stress free healing.
In order to get the best tummy tuck results with minimum scar visibility and maximum shapeliness, it’s important that you follow all post-operative instructions, including the use of a tummy tuck belt or any other compression garments and silicone sheeting for scar management.
Am I A Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
It’s important to understand that tummy tuck surgery is not a method of weight loss. While some fat may be removed during the procedure, tummy tuck surgery is meant for patients who are already near their ideal weight and need some extra help to remove loose, sagging skin, and excess fat.
The ideal tummy tuck candidate:
- Is in overall good health
- Is at a stable weight
- Has had a baby or lost a significant amount of weight
- Has loose, sagging skin around the abdomen
- Is not planning to become pregnant
- Has realistic expectations
Pregnancy after tummy tuck does not present any health risks, but there’s also no way to ensure that your tummy tuck results will last through a pregnancy. So if you’re planning to become pregnant again, it’s best to postpone your tummy tuck surgery until after you’re finished having children.
How Much Is A Tummy Tuck?
In general, the more extensive the amount of skin and fat to be removed during the procedure, the more a tummy tuck will cost. But it’s impossible to give an estimate on your tummy tuck cost without a physical examination and a discussion about your desired outcome. The tummy tuck cost varies widely from person to person, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Type of tummy tuck performed
- Type of anesthesia or sedation used
- Medical tests required
- Hospital fees
- Post-surgical garments
- Surgeon’s fees
- Prescriptions for medications
When you come in for a consultation with Dr. Laverson, he’ll be able to give you a clearer idea of how much you can expect to pay for your tummy tuck.
The Feel Beautiful “Mommy Tummy” in San Diego
At Feel Beautiful, we believe everyone deserves to feel confident and comfortable in their body. If you want a slimmer profile and a sexy, flat belly, the “Mommy Tummy” might be right for you. Most women have a firm, trim, attractive abdomen that looks good enough for body confidence in any clothing… or out of clothing. For more information about the “Mommy Tummy” or other body contouring, call Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness and Plastic Surgery at (858) 295-1592 to schedule your in-office consultation today.