Aesthetic surgery of the abdomen, also called abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck," is designed to firm and smooth your abdomen. The procedure removes excess abdominal skin and may also reduce fat and tighten the muscles of the abdomen wall. The result is a flatter abdominal profile.
Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat resulting from weight loss and/or pregnancy can benefit from abdominoplasty. The procedure removes the redundant skin and fat. Abdominoplasty surgery improves the appearance of stretch marks; especially those located below the navel and can tighten the abdominal muscles.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY?
You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have one or more of the following conditions:
If you plan to become pregnant or lose weight in the future, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
YOUR PERSONAL CONSULTATION
During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from abdominoplasty. This will help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.
HOW WILL MY PLASTIC SURGEON EVALUATE ME FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY?
Your plastic surgeon may examine your abdomen while you are standing as well as lying down. Your skin tone and the degree of loose skin in the abdominal region will be assessed. Your surgeon also will evaluate the amount of excess fat in your abdomen and the condition of your abdominal muscles.
WILL MY INSURANCE HELP COVER THE COST OF SURGERY?
Abdominoplasty, as an aesthetic (cosmetic) procedure, generally is not covered by insurance. In some instances, however, a patient may have a hernia and not just a spreading of the abdominal muscles.
Insurance reimbursement may be available for that portion of the procedure this is not cosmetic. Many factors determine your eligibility for coverage, including the specific terms of your insurance policy. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery.
RESULTS OF ABDOMINOPLASTY
Abdominoplasty will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance.
The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Fortunately, the incisions for your abdominoplasty are usually in locations concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.