Even with regular exercise and a healthy diet, some people have difficulty losing and keeping off stubborn belly fat. A tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure used to remove excessive abdominal fat and to tighten loose and sagging skin around the midsection. It can also firm up and strengthen core muscles. A strong and stable core can contribute to everything from good posture to less strain and pain on the lower back, according to Harvard Health.
Although plastic surgery to remove stomach fat is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise, it can help men and women who have struggled to obtain a flatter stomach and toned abs due to a number of factors, such as age, hormones, and genetics. Dr. Stacy L. Peterson, a plastic surgeon in Wichita, KS, offers tummy tuck surgery with convenient, all-inclusive upfront pricing which includes:
- Doctor’s fees
- Operating room costs
- Anesthesia costs
The total fee, is $6,400.00 also includes compression binder and liposuction to the flanks.
Other factors that may contribute to fat accumulation and sagging skin around the stomach and flank (waist) include:
- Drastic weight fluctuations
- Genetics and heredity
If you are curious about tummy tuck surgery and would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, and to discuss pricing and estimated costs, contact the office of Dr. Peterson by calling (316) 265-1441 to request a consultation today.
Abdominoplasty and Reconstructive Surgery in Wichita, KS
Although it is considered a cosmetic treatment, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure with inherent risks like any surgery. During your consultation, in addition to assessing your general health and eligibility for a tummy tuck, Dr. Peterson will discuss your goals and lifestyle factors to determine whether the procedure is right for you. Some of the general requirements for eligibility include:
- Being in good general health
- Consistent and stable body weight
- No plans to become pregnant in the future
- Ability to commit to long-term healthy weight management through diet and regular exercise (a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution)
- Non-smoker (or willing and able to quit well in advance of surgery)
How it Works
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and a track record of success with the procedure to ensure your safety and satisfaction with the results. Once Dr. Peterson determines that you will benefit from a tummy tuck, you will receive a set of pre-operative instructions to prepare you for surgery.
For the surgery, you will be placed under heavy sedation or general anesthesia. An incision is made in the center of the abdomen (length and size will vary from patient to patient depending on how much fat and tissue will be removed, and in some cases, a second incision may be required to remove larger amounts of excess skin). Liposuction is then used to drain the unwanted fat tissue.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The recovery period will also vary depending on the extent of the procedure and on your individual circumstances. Expect bandaging and drainage tubes, and potential abdominal swelling for one to two weeks after surgery.
Dr. Stacy L. Peterson, M.D., has been voted Best Doctor by the Wichita Business Journal for six consecutive years (2011-2016), and has decades of experience helping patients in Wichita achieve the look they’ve always wanted. For more information about tummy tuck surgery and other reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures, contact Dr. Peterson by calling (316) 265-1441 to schedule a consultation today.