The cost of tummy tuck surgery will not break the bank. The average abdominoplasty in 2013 cost $5,391, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Additional charges, including anesthesia fees, prescription co-pays and surgeon’s fees, may be added to the total bill. With money left over in savings, post-tummy tuck patients will be able to purchase clothes that accentuate their new bodies.
Although it would be ideal to walk out of the plastic surgeon’s office proud, tall and confident, these desired results may take up to two weeks to achieve, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Patients should expect initial swelling and an inability to stand upright. However, after the healing process is complete, patients will be able to revel in a flatter, more toned abdominal region.
A full tummy tuck will leave a scar from hipbone to hipbone below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck requires a smaller incision, which will result in a smaller scar. Evidence of the incision will continue to fade up to a year after surgery, according to the ASPS.
The NY Daily News reported the findings of a European study, which observed plastic surgery patients as well as people who had not undergone surgery. Post-procedure patients reported less anxiety, better physical health and an increase in self-esteem compared to those who had not followed through with a procedure. Patients also expressed feeling more attractive as a whole, not just around the surgical site. Increases in self-confidence and self-worth allow for a more positive outlook on life.
Tummy tuck surgeries provide many beneficial results to patients who have realistic expectations for the procedure. Contact our office in Raleigh, NC, for a professional abdominoplasty consultation. Together we will achieve positive, body-altering results.