Tummy Tuck Performed by Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bartlett
Conveniently located to serve Boston, MA
Acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon Richard A. Bartlett, M.D. is recognized for his skill in performing the tummy tuck in Boston to create a more youthful, sculpted look for loose, bulging abdomens.
This procedure, also called abdominoplasty surgery, removes excess fat and skin in the abdominal area, which can affect even those who are at or near normal body weight.
Patients in New England who are concerned with the appearance of their abdomen – including women unable to regain their pre-pregnancy figures and people who have lost massive amounts of weight – are carefully evaluated by Dr. Bartlett to define their particular problem.
What is a Tummy Tuck
Women who have already given birth or people who underwent an extreme weight loss journey may not be all too comfortable with their midsection. This is because of an unwanted abdominal pouch that cannot always be eliminated by diet or exercise.
A tummy tuck procedure can be a great solution to help you return to your previous or wanted ideal shape. This reconstructive surgery is done by tightening loose abdomen muscles as a result of pregnancy or eliminating fat and extra loose skin following massive weight loss.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
The most common abdominoplasty candidates are those with loose skin and wrinkling (especially around the belly button), the separation of abdominal muscles resulting in bulging, and skin which hangs over the belt line (abdominal pannus). The severity of each problem varies from patient to patient, and an individualized treatment will be developed during your tummy tuck consultation with Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Bartlett.
Ideal candidates for the tummy tuck are in good overall health and are at or near their ideal weight. This should be maintained after the procedure, since dramatic weight changes can negatively impact the results.
Some patients are candidates for the mini tummy tuck technique or a modified intermediate procedure. A mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, is used for patients who are specifically in need of sculpting in the lower abdominal region. The incision is shorter and less tissue is removed, and in general, the procedure is less invasive. This allows for a faster recovery process.
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
Here are some of the topics that will be addressed during your tummy tuck consultation:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements
- Alcohol intake, as well as tobacco and drug use
- Previous surgeries
- Discussing your options
- Recommendation of a course of treatment
Tummy Tuck Surgery – What to Expect
- About the Surgery – The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours. The surgery involves removing extra fat and skin and tightening the connective tissue in the abdomen (fascia) with sutures.
- Surgical Setting – Although smaller procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, most patients undergoing a full abdominoplasty stay overnight in the hospital.
- Anesthesia – Tummy tuck procedures are performed under a general anesthetic.
After the Procedure
Unlike some of the more limited operations that are performed in plastic surgery, abdominoplasty involves a very careful recovery. Showering is permitted on day 3. Most patients require 2 weeks off from work and cannot lift heavy objects or perform other physically taxing activities for 6 weeks.
Patients are sent home with drains in place, which have to be emptied each day at home. Drains carry out excess fluids in order to help avoid complications like hematomas and seromas. The first post-op visit takes place 7 days after surgery, during which time drains are usually removed.
Tummy Tuck Cost
Every abdominoplasty surgery is different, since they are customized to address each patient’s specific issues. Because of this, tummy tuck cost varies. The price depends on the techniques utilized, along with factors like the time the procedure requires to perform and the amount of tissue removed.
Scheduling an Abdominoplasty Consultation
Performing regular exercise and following a healthy diet are ideal to help you achieve a flatter stomach. However, if you’re struggling to meet your physical goals through these techniques, considering a tummy tuck procedure may be just what you need.
Dr. Richard A. Bartlett regularly performs the tummy tuck for Boston patients, and his years of experience make him an excellent choice for your abdominoplasty procedure. Contact us to schedule your consultation.