A tummy tuck is performed to correct a stretched, protruding abdomen and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. After weight loss or pregnancy, the abdomen can exhibit a significant amount of loose skin and excess tissue. The abdominoplasty has been designed to correct these conditions and provide a slimmer, more attractive midsection.
Board certified plastic surgeon Michael Leff M.D. performs the tummy tuck for his patients in Bellevue, sometimes in combination with liposuction.
When to Consider a Tummy Tuck
The aesthetic goals of tummy tuck surgery include:
- Tighter abdomen skin
- Flatter abdomen
- Fewer stretch marks
- Improved appearance around the navel
If you desire any of the above cosmetic enhancements, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck with Dr. Leff in Bellevue.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
The tummy tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made around the central lower abdomen and navel, skin is removed or lifted, the abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, and the incisions are then closed. Tummy tuck incisions are often tailored so the patient can easily hide scars beneath clothing.
After Your Tummy Tuck
Immediately after the surgery, gauze dressing is applied and special surgical drains are put in place. Approximately 24 hours after the tummy tuck, patients are encouraged to walk and move about. Prescription pain medications are usually prescribed to manage discomfort during this period. Ask Dr. Leff for specific instructions regarding your post-operative recovery period.
How much does a tummy tuck cost in Bellevue, Washington?
The price of a tummy tuck varies depending on the type of tummy tuck needed to address your concerns. In your consultation with Bellevue plastic surgeon Dr. Michael A. Leff, you will receive detailed pricing information about all of the costs related to a tummy tuck.
For more information on the risks, benefits, and cost of tummy tuck surgery, contact our Bellevue plastic surgery office. Call 425-454-5133 or use the online contact form to send us an email.