Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery at Aurora Health Care
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin around the waist. It also may restore weakened muscles or muscles that have separated from the skin. The ultimate goal of a tummy tuck is to create a smoother, firmer abdomen.
Why Consider a Tummy Tuck?
If you’re unhappy about the shape of your abdomen because it’s protruding or loose and sagging, you may benefit from a tummy tuck. Sometimes, despite exercise and a healthy lifestyle, people still have an abdomen that is out of proportion with the rest of the body. That can happen from pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, prior surgeries and heredity.
Note: If you’re considering getting pregnant or are planning substantial weight loss, it may be best to postpone your tummy tuck, as the benefits of a tummy tuck can be diminished by significant weight fluctuations or by stretching the abdominal area. You and your surgeon can talk about the best time for a tummy tuck for you.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Before your abdominoplasty begins, you’ll be given anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Your surgeon will determine the type of anesthesia based on what is best for you.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a horizontal incision between your pubic hairline and your belly button. The length and shape of the incision will be based on the extent of surgical correction necessary.
Your surgeon then will repair any weakened abdominal muscles, and remove excess skin, tissue and fat. If you have excess skin in the upper abdomen, it’s possible that your surgeon will need to make a second incision around your belly button.
After the repair and removal phase, your surgeon will close the incision(s) using sutures (stitches), tapes, skin adhesives or clips.
Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for a Tummy Tuck?
At Aurora Health Care, you’re not just another patient. Your health is our first priority, and we want what’s best for you – even if that means you choose not to have a tummy tuck.
When you choose Aurora for cosmetic surgery, you’re choosing more than just a surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than surgery. We offer a multidisciplinary team of doctors who work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition.
- Every procedure is performed by a surgeon
Every person who performs cosmetic surgeries at Aurora is a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery. That’s not always the case at cosmetic surgery centers.
You can also count on Aurora’s abdominoplasty surgeons because:
- We’re experienced experts
Cosmetic plastic surgeons at Aurora have years of experience. We understand what an important decision you have in front of you, and we will work with you to make the decisions that are best for you. Once you’ve decided to go ahead with a tummy tuck, you can feel confident knowing that an entire team of physicians throughout the hospital is in your corner to ensure you get the best care possible. And our staff will be with you every step of the way to help and support you through the process.
- Success and safety are our goals
At Aurora Health Care, your safety is our first priority. We go to great lengths to make sure that every procedure we perform is both safe and successful.
Is a Tummy Tuck Covered by Insurance?
Most cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are considered elective procedures, and thus are not often covered by insurance. However, there are some exceptions. If you have questions about whether your tummy tuck would be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company directly.
How Do I Find a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?
Learn more about our board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeons or schedule a consultation.