Anyone Know the Cost Diffence in Awake Tummy Tuck and A Tummy Tuck in Tn ?

Anyone Know the Cost Diffence in Awake Tummy Tuck and A Tummy Tuck in TN?

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Awake for a tummy tuck


Yes, some very limited mini tummy tucks can be performed awake under local anesthesia. However,  a full tummy tuck with major work and abdominal tightening is best performed under general anesthesia.

I do not recommend cutting corners to save money.

It would be very difficult to get a good result under those circumstance and it is not necessarily safe.

Patient safety comes first.

Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck under Local Anesthesia?


Thank you for your question.

Yes, tummy tuck surgery can theoretically be performed under local anesthesia but I DO NOT recommend it. 

You will find that most plastic surgeons perform the operation under general anesthesia only.    The use of  Board Certified Anesthesiologists  who monitor patients from start to end  provides the safest environment for patients.  Abdominoplasty is an extensive procedure and I would recommend general anesthesia so that you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure.

I would suggest that you be very careful with your surgeon  selection;  most well trained experienced plastic surgeons would not do this procedure under local anesthesia.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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The Cost Diffence in Awake Tummy Tuck and A Tummy Tuck in Tn ?


Thank you for your question.  I am afraid that I do not know what the cost difference between local and general anesthesia would be in Tn.   While it is possible to perform a tummy tuck under local anesthesia I really do not think that it is a very good idea and have always advised my patients against it.  The reasons?  It is much more difficult to pull the abdominal muscles together under local anesthesia and of course, pain during the surgical procedure could also be a problem.  Best of luck.  Dr. Donald Brown

Donald M. Brown, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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An Awake tummy tuck??


I would not recommend that anyone proceed with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) under local anesthesia, no matter the cost.  Not only will the pain associated with the procedure be unnecessary, but plication or tightening of the muscles will be significantly compromised.  Other parts of the procedure may also be compromised because of inadequate anesthesia.

You should also carefully evaluate the credentials of any surgeon that you visit, but particularly any surgeon who proposes to do a tummy tuck under local anesthesia.  It is quite likely that such a "surgeon" is not really a plastic surgeon, but a doctor who is not able to perform the procedure in a facility capable of providing general anesthesia.  You should look for a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  Don't settle for a surgeon that is not trained appropriately just for cost.   You should also be sure that the operating room is appropriately certified.  Good luck.

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Awake Tummy Tucks? Not A Good Choice!


Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery is best performed under General Anesthesia by a board certified plastic surgeon who has significant experience in this procedure.  It is very important during a tummy tuck procedure that the abdominal wall muscles are relaxed in order to properly plicate the muscles with permanent sutures.  In awake tummy tucks, the muscle wall is not relaxed and this increases the risk of injury to the underlying abdominal organs during suture plication.  Be aware of doctors advertising awake tummy tucks!  They are most likely not plastic surgeons preying on unknowing patients.

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