Excess skin and tissue in your abdomen can defeat even the best diet and exercise programs. Whether your sagging skin is hereditary or caused by weight loss or pregnancy, your protruding abdomen can be corrected by a tummy tuck.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes loose, sagging skin and tissue from your abdomen. The underlying muscles also can be tightened and stitched together. The procedure may even help hide stretch marks below your bellybutton.
If you have reached your ideal weight and plan to maintain your weight through a healthy lifestyle, a tummy tuck can help you achieve the proportionate figure that you seek.
If you would like to learn more about a tummy tuck, the first step is a consultation with Dr. Lee. You can meet at Aspire’s Fort Wayne office during a time that fits your unique schedule. He will take the time to get to know you and to learn why you are considering a tummy tuck. Dr. Lee will examine your abdomen to assess your skin tone, the amount of fat in your abdomen and the condition of your abdominal muscles. He will take measurements as well as photos for your medical records.
Dr. Lee will also take your medical history. Be prepared to talk about any medical conditions, previous surgeries, current medications and allergies, and whether you’ve had any previous abdominal surgeries, which can affect your outcome.
As a cosmetic procedure, a tummy tuck is not generally covered by health insurance. If you are found to have a hernia, however, some insurance coverage may be available. Dr. Lee’s team will help you address this issue. Dr. Lee has experience working with patients from the Angola, Warsaw, Huntington, areas; you can his expert opinion.
In 2018, statistics showed that the average cost of a tummy tuck procedure is around $6000. This price does not typically include anesthesia fees and facility costs. Dr. Lee can go over the finances during a consultation.
The tummy tuck is an invasive surgery which will leave some scarring. The scars will be well-hidden because Dr. Lee places the incision in an inconspicuous location.
A tummy tuck is able to remove excess skin, fat, tighten muscles, and remove stretch marks in the lower abdomen. However, it cannot correct stretch marks outside of the abdomen area.