A tummy tuck is an effective solution for patients who want to eliminate stubborn fat and achieve a firmer, more toned abdomen. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates, we offer tummy tucks and other body sculpting procedures to men and women living in Fairfax, Washington DC, Arlington and Annandale, VA, as well as the neighboring DMV communities.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical body sculpting procedure designed to address stubborn fat and loose skin in the abdomen. By removing excess skin and fat, patients can achieve a firmer, more toned abdomen. The tummy tuck procedure also tightens the abdominal muscles, which can contribute to enhanced muscle definition. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates, we specialize in both traditional tummy tucks and mini tummy tucks to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of your tummy tuck procedure at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates will depend on a number of factors. During your initial consultation, we will review your treatment goals in order to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your personal needs. Once this treatment plan is developed, we will be able to provide you with the exact cost of your procedure. In an effort to keep our treatments accessible, we are proud to accept CareCredit® financing in addition to traditional payment methods.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck has the same goals as a traditional tummy tuck, but targets only the area beneath the belly button. This can be a great option for patients who are looking for more subtle results or do not require a full tummy tuck. Since the mini tummy tuck is a less extensive surgery, there is less scarring and a shorter recovery period with this technique.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Tummy tucks are performed using anesthesia to ensure patient safety and comfort. A full tummy tuck will involve an incision along the pubic line and another one in the belly button. A mini tummy tuck only requires an incision along the pubic line. Once the incisions are made, we will remove excess fat and skin to produce the desired results. We will also tighten the abdominal muscles to enhance muscle definition and increase the firmness of the abdomen. Once the desired results are achieved, the incisions are closed and the treatment will be complete.
What is the Recovery Like After a Tummy Tuck?
The recovery after a tummy tuck will vary depending on the extent of surgery performed. However, full recovery can take a few months due to the extensive surgery involved in a tummy tuck. Most patients have to take about two weeks off of work and other activities, and will experience mild swelling and bruising for several weeks. During your consultation, Dr. Mirali will provide you with specific recovery instructions based on your personal treatment plan.
Are the Results from a Tummy Tuck Permanent?
A tummy tuck can produce long-lasting, even permanent results. However, future weight gain can impact the results you have achieved through your tummy tuck. We encourage patients to maintain healthy diet and exercise habits to ensure that their results last as long as possible.