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tummy-tuck-raleigh-ncThe capital city of Raleigh, North Carolina, has become an optimal home to the most popular age range of tummy tuck candidates. Forbes reported a 7.4% increase between 2007 and 2012 in the city’s prime-age workers, which are considered employees between the ages of 30 and 44, according to the City of Raleigh. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) published that 54.4% of 2013 tummy tuck recipients ranged between ages 35 and 50.

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Listed on the Forbes’ international top ten list of “10 Up and Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs” in October 2013, Raleigh was also listed second on The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ “National List of Best Cities to Start a Business.” The growing economy and swelling population has made “The Triangle” a city where tummy tuck surgeries are affordable to and popular among the average citizen.


As with most plastic surgeries, this procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, requires general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Once the patient is resting comfortably, the doctor will make an incision horizontally from hip to hip between the pubic hairline and the belly button. An additional incision may be made around the belly button to remove excess skin from the upper abdomen. The plastic surgeon will lift the skin covering the lower stomach in efforts to repair weakened or damaged abdominal muscles. Once the desired tummy tuck results are achieved, the doctor will replace, tighten and suture the skin.


Potential tummy tuck candidates should be in good health. Plastic surgeons may recommend a visit to the general practitioner for a physical and complete blood panel. Once physically cleared for an abdominoplasty, both female and male tummy tuck candidates should evaluate how they feel about their own physical appearances. Those who have lost a significant amount of weight may elect the procedure to remove excess, saggy skin, according to WebMD. Women who have complete families or who are past child bearing years are also popular candidates for this type of surgery to repair stretched skin and muscles.

Women who are planning to have more children should postpone choosing to undergo an abdominoplasty. During surgery, the vertical abdominal muscles are tightened. Pregnancy may cause the muscles to re-separate, requiring a second tummy tuck, according to WebMD.


The average national cost of a tummy tuck in 2013 was $5,391, according to the ASAPS. Last year the United States spent $862,963,699 on abdominoplasty surgeries. This third highest total plastic surgery expenditure followed behind liposuction and face lifts.

Candidates should be advised that additional fees may be accrued, including anesthesia fees, hospital costs, prescription co-pays and surgeon’s fees, according to the ASPS.

Raleigh, NC, was listed on NerdWallet as sixth on the top ten list of “Best US Cities for Job Seekers” in January 2014, according to the City of Raleigh. Coupled with its number one ranking on the Forbes’ “2011 Best Places for Business and Careers,” the capital city holds attractive career opportunities, financial security and education aimed at the same age range of candidates most likely to elect abdominoplasty surgery.

We service patients within “The Triangle” and surrounding areas, including 27603, 27604, 27606, 27608, 27609, 27610, 27612, 27613, 27614, 27615, 27616 and 27617.

For a personalized consultation, contact our office in Raleigh, North Carolina. We will address your physical concerns, which may lead to a more positive psychological outlook on life. If it’s time to reinvent your appearance, a tummy tuck will carry you closer to your goal.