Since pregnancy will undo the results achieved with a tummy tuck, it is recommended that you are finished having children before considering the procedure. However, having had a tummy tuck would not compromise the pregnancy. Those who are unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen but wish to have children in the future may benefit from liposuction alone if they have good skin elasticity and no excess skin to remove. Some patients undergo a tummy tuck knowing they will have children in the future. Since many factors determine the surgical outcome, the procedure that is right for you will best be determined during your consultation.
Dr. Agullo almost always uses liposuction to complement abdominoplasty unless the patient does not have much abdominal fat. Those who have lost a significant amount of weight often choose to combine abdominoplasty with other procedures that remove excess skin, such as a thigh lift or arm lift. Abdominoplasty is also a popular option in the Mommy Makeover as an adjunct to breast augmentation, breast lift, or liposuction on multiple areas of the body. The newest trend in mommy makeovers is to transfer the liposuctioned fat to the buttocks. Some refer to this as an extreme Mommy Makeover.
Dr. Agullo has performed hundreds of tummy tuck surgeries with very successful results, but as with any surgical procedure, it does have associated risks. Most risks are temporary or can be corrected with another procedure. They include: anesthesia risks, infection, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, scarring, tissue death, and changes in skin sensation.
The extent of recovery will mostly depend on the extent of the procedure. As more skin is removed or if it is combined with other procedures, there may be more initial discomfort following surgery. Any pain can be managed with prescribed medication, and compression garments help reduce swelling. Light walking is encouraged after surgery and prevents blood clots, strokes, poor circulation, and other complications, but patients should not resume regular exercise or heavy lifting for at least six weeks. Patients usually feel like they are back to themselves after one week and feel well enough to venture out of the house after two weeks.
The cost of a tummy tuck ranges from $8,300 to $14,000 but will vary depending on the extent of the procedure, type of anesthesia, whether an overnight hospital stay is required, and whether it is combined with other procedures. A more precise estimate will be determined at your initial consultation.