Tummy Tuck Richmond
Not happy with the shape of your tummy? Have you been working out but cannot seem to achieve the full result you’re looking for? Maybe a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) is the extra little help you need to get back the body you had before you had children. A tummy tuck is a surgical solution offered by Dr. Hubert in and around Richmond, VA.
The fact is, that despite diet and exercise, many women are still unable to realize a flat and toned tummy. Normal changes associated with aging, pregnancy, and significant weight loss can all affect the contour of the abdomen. This can lead to loose skin, extra fatty tissue, and weakened muscles.
Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
Good candidates for the tummy tuck procedure are at or near their ideal weight and are no longer planning to become pregnant. This is because any weight changes after a tummy tuck can negatively affect the procedure’s results.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are in good overall health. They are non-smokers, since smoking can reduce the health of the skin, resulting in a prolonged healing period with a greater chance of complications.
Smokers considering a tummy tuck must quit several weeks before the date of surgery and continue to avoid it for several weeks afterwards. Smoking can negatively affect skin heath and prolong the healing process.
What happens during a tummy tuck consultation?
A tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Hubert will involve an evaluation of your abdomen to ensure that the procedure is right for you. You will tell Dr. Hubert your aesthetic goals for the procedure, and he will go over the details of the surgery, including recovery and preparation to provide the best results possible.
You will need to tell Dr. Hubert about your complete medical history, since this will help to prevent potential complications. This will include a discussion of any past procedures you have undergone, any medications or supplements you are currently taking, and any allergies you have.
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How is a tummy tuck performed?
A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat. It also tightens the lax muscles of your abdomen. In some cases, stretch marks can also be removed. Sometimes liposuction is also used at the same time to achieve overall better shape.
Will I lose my belly button? No, a tummy tuck preserves your belly button. Although sometimes you will have a tiny scar that goes part way around it.
Have you heard of a “mini” tummy tuck or abdominoplasty? This is less invasive than the traditional full tummy-tuck, might be the best option for you. The mini procedure produces a shorter scar in the bikini line and no scar around the belly button. But it still allows for tightening of your six pack muscles.
Dr. Hubert performs many tummy tucks, and it is one of his areas of specialization. Because everyone’s body is a little different, he can help to determine which procedure is best for you during your consultation visit.
Dr. Hubert also uses a new, long acting local anesthetic (called Exparel) that is injected right into the tummy during your surgery which helps provide pain relief for up to three days afterward. This means your recovery is easier and you have less pain!
What to expect after a tummy tuck
After surgery, it is important to have good compression of your tissues to maximize your result. You can expect to wear a fitted compression garment or binder around your mid-section, day and night, for about the first two weeks.
Most tummy tucks also need one or two surgical drains, which are small plastic tubes that prevent fluid from building up under your skin. They come out near the bikini zone (so not to worry about the scar), and they are easily removed in the office with minimal to no discomfort in about a week or two.
Most people can be back to work in about two or three weeks, and you can be working out at full speed in about six weeks.
Cost of Tummy Tuck in Richmond
A lot of people worry about the cost of a tummy tuck, since it is a major surgical procedure and can create many positive changes. The exact cost of your abdominoplasty will be discussed during your consultation, and it will depend on factors like the overall time the procedure takes and the procedures that will be used. As an experienced Tummy Tuck Richmond surgeon, Dr. Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and pricing. It is probably more affordable than you think, and Dr. Hubert has financing options available, too.
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Call or email us today to schedule your consultation with Richmond tummy tuck plasitc surgeon Dr. Hubert to learn more about the procedure and how it can contour your abdomen.