Tummy tuck surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Dr. Spies performs this procedure in his state-certified surgical center. The patient is constantly monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the highest degree of patient safety.
There is pain with this procedure; however, Dr. Spies now uses a new long-acting injectable anesthetic medication called EXPAREL® that significantly reduces pain and recovery time. It is injected into the muscle repair during the procedure to lessen muscle tightness and pain.
Tummy tuck surgery does not specifically address stretch marks, but stretch marks that exist on the lower abdomen will be removed with the skin that is excised.
The amount of time it takes to recover from a tummy tuck varies between patients. Although most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work in one to two weeks, patients should avoid all strenuous exercise and activity for at least six weeks following surgery. Dr. Spies will give you specific postoperative instructions to follow to ensure the safest and most efficient recovery possible.
As with any surgical procedure, there is always the risk of a complication developing, including bleeding and infection. However, complications are rare, especially if an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is performing the procedure in an accredited facility.
The exact cost of tummy tuck surgery depends on a variety of factors, including the surgeon’s fee, facility costs, anesthesia fees, medical tests, prescriptions, and other fees. The surgeon’s fee varies depending on his or her experience, the tummy technique performed, and the geographical location. According to 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average surgeon’s fee for tummy tuck surgery is $5,493.