I am 50 years old , have had 4 pregnancies...never gained more than 20lbs in each pregnancy, have maintained a 118-122lb my whole life....and work out every day.....my abs are very developed(If flexed, 6 pack very evident) but as I age the skin is noticably looser from the laxity of pregnancy.....is a skin only tummy tuck reasonable for me given I have excellent muscle tone...also what is the average cost?
How Much Does a Skin-only Tummy Tuck Cost?
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Skin only tummy tuck
Your information would allow you to be put in the best category as far as an easy approach and predictability.
However, what you are describing is not just a skin only excision. It is the skin and fatty tissue (yes, you have it ) excision of the tissue below the belly button and then redraping. The inclusion of the muscle tightening really does not add a lot to the procedure and would not be recommended to exclude for a small savings.
You will have a diastasis present and tightening of it is important. We consider ideal cases like yours to be a wonderful addition to our case load. We can give you a knock out result with the full approach but if you comprimise the procedure, then it is not a smart idea.
Find your plastic surgeon. This is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of body contouring. Once that step is done, then discuss your ideas. Price is usually lower for ideal cases like yours.
Steven M. Lynch, M.D.
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Tummy Tuck Costs?
Thank you for the question.
In my experience, it would be unusual for a patient who has had 4 pregnancies not to benefit from muscle plicaton at the time of tummy tuck surgery. Not having the plication will shorten surgical time (and probably recovery time) and reduce the cost of surgery. In our practice this procedure will cost $6-$8000.
Tummy tuck costs
In the Houston area, the cost of a tummy tuck can vary from about 6000 - 9000 depending on the overall time it takes for the procedure and whether you are adding liposuction to the mix. A skin only tummy tuck can still involve doing the same procedure if you are going above the belly button to remove as much loose skin as possible. In addition, you have the exposure to tighten the underlying muscles, so you might consider tightening this as it may help enhance your form. Good luck.
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Skin only abdominoplasty
In my experience, even patients with good muscle tone benefit from thigthening of the muscle fascia, I perform plication in the midline and in the oblique/lateral rectus to enhance the appeareance of the abdominal muscles. ( you will not have to flex to notice your six pack). The difference on the surgery is minimal. In the midwest and abdominoplasty will cost you aprox 6000.
Skin only tummy tuck in physically fit individual
IF you are providing an accurate assessment of your condition, then you may be an excellent candidate for a skin only abdominoplasty. These tend to range from 5-8,000 for total costs.
Skin only Tummy Tuck
Fee range from $6500 to $8500. This is what I would charge after I examined you in my office in South Miami Regards from MIAMI Dr. B
Will a skin-only tummy tuck work?
As you know, a tummy tuck does the things that you can't accomplish with diet and exercise: remove and tighten loose skin, repair muscles that have been separated, and remove localized fat. Since your only issue is skin laxity, you may very well benefit from a skin-only abdominoplasty. If the muscles have been pushed apart from pregnancy, they cannot be exercised back into position, so that is decided on a case-by-case basis. Pricing for abdominoplasty isn't typically dependent on which components of the procedure are done however.
Costs of Surgery
In considering the cost of a Tummy Tuck, you should look at the components of the cost:
1. Surgeons Fee. This is usually the greatest part of the overall cost and can vary immensly from location to location (just like the cost of living varies in each location) as well as in the same location, it can vary from surgeon to surgeon. Usually, a surgeon commanding a higher price is very experienced and has very good results reliably, and is very busy due to the above. This also depends on if a circumferential, tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, and skin only tummy tuck is performed. These are usually less expensive in decreasing order.
2. Anesthesia Fee. This can vary depending on if a board certified MD anesthesiologist is used, vs. a nurse anesthetist, vs. a non-certified nurse, vs. only local anesthesia (an awake procedure). Obviously, the further you go down the line, the cheaper the price. You do get what you pay for.
3. Facility Fee. This can vary if it is a a state/medicare certified facility, vs. the back of a doc's office.
4. Accessories. This includes things like a pain pump, Exparol injections (72 hour long lasting numbing), garments, tissue glues, etc. These are not necessary for a great result, just add to the comfort of a result.
5. Revision. Usually a revision such as dog ears or lowering the scar, or a seroma, is much less that the original surgery, but this depends entirely on what exactly is being done.
6. Add on surgeries are usually discounted, as in a mommy makeover.
7. Insurance. If an insurance based surgery, such as a hernia repair is done at the same time, the tummy tuck may be discounted.
As with anything in life, buyer beware of risks of cutting corners in surgery.
Real Self has average costs of every operations in your location that you can peruse before seeing a surgeon, but keep in mind that the above quality can change from office to office. Choose a surgeon that you are very comfortable with and is board certified.
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