Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Virginia Beach, VA
Also serving Chesapeake & Norfolk
Many women choose tummy tuck surgery to correct the loose skin that can often occur after pregnancy. Individuals who have lost significant weight resulting in loose, sagging skin are also good candidates. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Bounds, Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach offers the tummy tuck procedure to the residents of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News and surrounding communities in Virginia.
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What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that flattens, smooths and removes fat deposits in the abdominal area. The procedure targets loose, sagging skin and tightens underlying musculature, dramatically changing the appearance of a bulging or protruding tummy, with the ultimate goal of fat reduction.
Tummy tuck surgery may be combined with liposuction to slim and flatten the abdomen. This procedure is ideal for individuals who are not obese and whose weight is stable.
Preparing for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure
Tummy tuck surgery is a relatively major procedure and your desired results will determine the techniques and complexity of your surgery. There are basically two options – complete abdominoplasty and partial or mini abdominoplasty in which skin and fat deposits below the navel are specifically targeted.
Dr. Bounds will evaluate your overall physical condition and present you with fat reduction options that will be best suited to achieve your desired results.
Prospective patients who are significantly overweight may need to lose weight prior to tummy tuck fat reduction surgery. Women who are considering having children should postpone the surgery because the procedure often involves tightening of the abdominal wall, which would of course again be stretched by pregnancy.
What Results Can I Expect from an Abdominoplasty?
If you have been self-conscious about the appearance of your stomach area, you very well may achieve the boost in self-esteem that you are seeking through fat reduction. When you feel better about your appearance it shows in the way you interact with others and often how others treat you. Remember that tummy tuck surgery – or any plastic surgery procedure – is by no means a cure-all for other aspects in your life that may be troubling you.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Virginia Beach?
Tummy tuck surgery is a complex procedure and many variables exist which make it difficult to predict your exact cost. During your consultation, Dr. Bounds will discuss costs based on your personal treatment plan. On all procedures, we are proud to offer CareCredit® and ALPHAEON financing to our clients whom wish to use convenient monthly plans. For more information, visit our financing page.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Is tummy tuck a solution for obesity?
Tummy tuck is not a weight management tool. In fact, obese individuals are advised to lose as much weight as possible before considering abdominoplasty. Patients who have lost significant weight and now notice loose skin on the belly are good candidates for the procedure. In addition, women often choose tummy tuck as way to restore tone to stomach muscles that weakened or separated during pregnancy.
Are there other options?
Tummy tuck reshapes the abdominal area by removing excess skin, some fat and tightening abdominal muscles. For patients whose fat is located mostly below the belly button, a partial abdominoplasty, or “mini tummy tuck,” may be advisable.
Will tummy tuck erase stretch marks?
If your stretch marks are located in the lower abdomen, they will disappear when the skin is surgically removed. Stretch marks on the mid-portion of the abdomen can be improved but not entirely eliminated. Stretch marks on the upper abdomen usually remain.
How soon after a C-section can I have tummy tuck?
Dr. Bounds recommends waiting about three months for women who are not nursing. This allows time for the uterus to regain its normal size and shape.
Will a pregnancy reverse the results of tummy tuck?
Yes, and that is why Dr. Bounds recommends that women wait until the final pregnancy before doing the procedure. Pregnancy puts a great deal of strain on the abdomen, and muscles that have been repaired in an abdominoplasty may once again separate. Similarly, women or men who gain substantial weight in the future may see a recurrence of the issues that led them to choose tummy tuck. Barring future pregnancies and dramatic weight gain, your tummy tuck should not need to be repeated to maintain your smooth and fit profile.
Will I retain my natural belly button?
Yes, you will still have your natural navel after surgery, but it may undergo some repositioning, depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. The belly button is typically separated from the surrounding skin, then sewn back after muscles and skin are tightened. In the case of a mini tummy tuck, the belly button is not separated or moved.
Will I have scars?
Because a tummy tuck requires a large incision in the lower abdomen, scars are unavoidable. Dr. Bounds is careful to make the incision in the least noticeable area, usually on the bikini line. If scarring is a concern, a mini tummy tuck or liposuction can be considered, if appropriate.
Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kevin Bounds, and his team offer fat reduction tummy tucks to the residents of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News and the surrounding communities in Virginia. Contact us today!