Tummy Tuck

                 Frequently Asked Questions

A TUMMY TUCK, or ABDOMINOPLASTY, is used to help tighten stretched abdominal skin, correct lower abdominal bulging, and to correct weakened abdominal muscles.

The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center. During the consultation, Dr. Tobin will explain the surgery as well as possible risks and complications and take before photos for your medical record.

We recommend you bring a list of any questions or concerns to your consultation.

A tummy tuck can be used to:
• Tighten stretched abdominal skin
• Correct lower abdominal bulging
• Correct weakened abdominal muscle
• Complement liposuction

How is abdominoplasty performed?
During the procedure, an incision is made at the bikini line from hip to hip, after which Dr. Tobin will remove any excess skin between the pubic area and the belly button. To tighten the contour of the abdomen, your doctor takes the skin on the upper part of the abdomen and stretches it downward. The belly button is then repositioned to its normal position. If the abdominal muscles are loose, Dr. Tobin can also tighten these muscles during the procedure by uniting the muscle and tissue and stitching them together. Lastly, the incisions are carefully stitched closed and a dressing is applied.

Should I have a full or mini tummy tuck?
If your abdominal fullness and loose skin are confined to the area below the belly button, you may be a candidate for a mini abdominoplasty, which has a shorter incision and limits the tightening to the lower abdomen. If the fullness and skin laxity involve your entire abdomen, then a full abdominoplasty is most likely needed to help you achieve your desired results. However, most people require the full abdominoplasty. During your consultation, Dr. Tobin will determine and explain which method is right for you.

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies are advised to postpone a tummy tuck.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?*
There are 5 different types of tummy tucks:
1) Mini Tummy Tuck - starts at $4,020;
2) Formal Tummy Tuck - starts at $5,020; 
3) Formal Tummy Tuck with Muscle Tightening - starts at $6,255; 
4) High Lateral Tension Tummy Tuck - starts at $7,005; and,
5) 270 Tummy Tuck - starts at $10,790. 

Dr. Tobin will discuss your options and help you decide which procedure will achieve the look you want.  An exact surgery quote will be given during your consultation.  The surgery price includes:   Surgeon's Fees,  Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

Is there a consultation fee?
Yes, the consultation fee is $100 and is due at the time your appointment is scheduled—we can accept payment by phone with a credit card.  Should you need to cancel your consult, we can refund your $100 if you give a 24-hour cancellation notice.  If you have surgery within 30 days of your consultation, the $100 will be applied to the cost of your surgery.

Who is the best candidate for a tummy tuck?
Women and men who: are over the age of 18; do not smoke; have excess abdominal fat and/or skin possibly due to pregnancy or excessive weight loss; and are within approximately 15 pounds of their goal weight. Abdominoplasty is not for weight reduction or control; it is for body shaping and body contouring.

What is the recovery period for a tummy tuck?
The recovery time varies for each patient. However, many patients return to nonstrenuous work within 2-3 weeks. You will have drains in place for approximately 1-3 weeks and will be unable to stand up straight for about a week. You will be unable to swim, use hot tubs, or take tub baths for approximately 3 weeks or until sutures are removed. Other individual restrictions and recovery expectations will be discussed during your consultation.

What type of scars can I expect with a tummy tuck?
An incision will be made above the pubic line from hip to hip and also around the belly button. Every attempt will be made to keep the scar inside your swimsuit lines. The scars are permanent but will fade over time. However, the final appearance of the scars is determined by your body’s own wound healing capabilities.

Does the surgery have to be paid for up front or do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, all cosmetic surgeries must be paid for in full 7 days BEFORE surgery. For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online www.patientfinancing.com or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online  www.CareCredit.com or call 1-800-677-0718  

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical cost at their consultation.

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General Information

Varies for each patient.

Starting at $4,020*

This includes:  Surgeon's Fees,  Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

No, insurance not accepted for this procedure.

Non-Strenuous Work in 2-3 weeks (details left)

$100 (see conditions left)

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