Cirujanos Plásticos en Portland Oregon

West Linn Plastic Surgery
Cirujano West Linn, OR 97068

A Tummy Tuck Procedure

Traditional abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck can be very expensive and require quite a bit of recovery time. Fortunately, medical advancements has allowed for a mini tummy tuck for those seeking a flatter belly, without the additional cost and pain associated with the full procedure.

Below are a few similarities and differences between a traditional tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck. Once armed with this information, you as a potential patient can discuss with your Portland plastic surgeon which will be the best procedure for you to help you obtain the more aesthetic result you are seeking.

Cost Comparison

The cost for a full tummy tuck has many variations that affect the price. Factors like; your geographic location, your health, how much belly fat you have, length of stay in the hospital, if you will need paid medical assistance after your procedure, your surgeon's fees in Portland (which can range 60% to 80% of the total cost, anesthesiologist fees, prescribed medications, etc. Because of these factors the average cost ranged between $4,500 and $20,000.

A mini tummy tuck, since it is performed on an out-patient basis, with minimal pain and after care can range in price between $2,000 and $5,500.

How the procedures differ

A traditional tummy tuck involves a long incision that runs along the bikini line from the top off one hip, down along the lower part of your abdomen just above your pubic line, then up to the top of the other hip. This is done for two reasons, so that your Portland plastic surgeon can access and tighten underlying stomach muscles that may have been stretched out due to weight, pregnancy or simply age, and also so he can pull the extra, flabby skin down (while repositioning your belly button), removing the extra skin prior to suture. The result is a flat and firm belly area.

A mini tummy tuck requires an incision approximately 6 to 10 inches long placed low within the bikini area. Since the incision is smaller, there is substantially less scarring. Keep in mind, smaller incision means not as much skin can be pulled down and tightened. The surgeon also does not address stretched or loosened stomach muscles, so this procedure doesn't work well for people with large or excessively flabby bellies.

Recovery Time

The mini tummy tuck procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which the actual procedure taking one to three hours to complete. Recovery from this surgery is substantially shorter with most patients reporting being completely healed within a few weeks and having little pain or discomfort.

A traditional abdominoplasty takes approximately five to seven hours to complete and may require an overnight stay in the hospital. Full recovery can range from four to six months and patients report quite a bit of discomfort and pain in the weeks following the procedure.

As with any surgical procedure, you will want to discuss your concerns and expected outcomes with your Portland plastic surgeon. Only he will be able to help you decide which procedure will be the right fit.