Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Jupiter, FL
Sometimes no matter how hard you diet and exercise it seems impossible to achieve a flat stomach. If diet and exercise haven’t delivered the results that you crave, or you don’t have time to spend hours in the gym each day, Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa may be the answer to your problem. He is board certified and helps women and men in Jupiter, Vero Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach County transform their bodies with safe and effective tummy tucks.
Many fitness professionals struggle to maintain a sculpted or perfectly flat stomach, so it’s no wonder that most people need a little help. If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you may have sagging skin that will not respond to diet and exercise no matter how hard you work. You may also need skin removal after pregnancy or abdominal surgery.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the functionality and appearance of the lower and middle abdomen. There are three reasons patients ask Dr. Koger to perform this procedure:
- Excess skin removal
- Excess fat removal
- Muscle tightening
If you work hard to maintain an attractive body, but your stomach won’t firm up or stay flat, a tummy tuck may help you reach your goals. You may also consider this procedure to remove excess skin after significant weight loss, pregnancy or other surgeries.
The Best Candidates for Abdominoplasty
If you’re in good physical shape but suffer any of the following problems, Dr. Koger may consider you a suitable client for abdominoplasty:
- Excess fat in the abdominal area is unresponsive to diet and exercise
- Excess or sagging skin over the abdominal area
- Stretched skin from multiple pregnancies
- Loose skin or stretched muscles due to significant weight loss
- Poor elasticity in the abdominal skin
Many patients come to Dr. Koger after following a healthy diet and exercising for long periods of time without achieving results. Others have lost weight or enjoyed multiple pregnancies and need assistance removing stretched skin that will never conform to their new bodies. Most are already living healthy lifestyles or are ready to adopt healthier habits, so they recognize that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method or a substitute for healthy living.
There are three reasons that Dr. Koger may consider a patient unsuitable for abdominoplasty at this time:
- You intend to lose a significant amount of weight in the future
- You are planning to have children in the future
- You have scarring in the abdominal area from previous surgeries, including a cesarean
If you want to lose weight or have a baby in the future, it’s best to wait until you reach a stable weight and are beyond your childbearing years. You can then have a tummy tuck without separating the abdominal muscles or stretching your skin again. You want your results to be long term.
While a tummy tuck can help you overcome many imperfections commonly experienced in the abdominal area, it isn’t guaranteed to deliver perfection. A healthy lifestyle is still needed to improve and maintain your beautiful body.
Planning Your Tummy Tuck
If you are considering a tummy tuck you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Koger. He will review your medical history thoroughly to determine if you have any risk factors that may determine your suitability for the procedure. He will also ask about lifestyle factors that may determine your ability to go through the surgery and recover properly. Make sure to answer these questions honestly, even when they pertain to your use of vitamins, herbs, supplements, alcohol and tobacco.
During this consultation, Dr. Koger will look at your abdominal area to determine the amount of excess fat and loose or sagging skin. This allows him to create a unique treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
For instance, if you have excess fat or loose skin only below the navel, then you may only need a partial abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck. If you have more excess fat or a more severe problem with loose or sagging skin, then you may benefit from a tummy tuck combined with liposuction. In some cases, liposuction alone will deliver better results than a tummy tuck.
Dr. Koger will discuss the estimated cost of your surgery, the anesthesia he will use, as well as the type of medical facility where the surgery will be performed.
Check with your insurance provider before coming to your consultation so that you know whether this procedure is covered by your benefits. In most cases, insurance companies will not cover a tummy tuck procedure, but you may consider financing options via CareCredit®.
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck
It’s important to follow Dr. Koger’s care instructions in the weeks leading up to your surgery. This will include limitations on what you can eat and drink before arriving for surgery. You may also need to make some lifestyle adjustments, including not using some medications prior to surgery. You must also abstain from using tobacco products for at least one month prior to surgery and one month after surgery.
If you have a cold or infection on your surgery day, you may need to reschedule the procedure. You should plan to have someone drive you home after the surgery and continue to stay with you for at least one full day.
Types of Anesthesia
Most patients receive general anesthesia so that they remain asleep during the procedure. If local anesthesia is required or preferred, you will receive a local anesthetic and a sedative. This will keep you alert during the operation.
Dr. Koger will then remove any excess skin or fat in the area and suture your belly button into its new place before stitching the incisions closed. The incision site is then wrapped to begin the healing process. In some cases, a drainage tube is placed under the skin and will remain in place for up to a few days.
After Your Tummy Tuck
Many patients are released from the medical facility the same day as surgery, but some surgeries may require an overnight stay. Swelling and tenderness in the abdominal area is common for three or four days following the surgery, but over-the-counter medication is often enough to manage any discomfort.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck varies. You will receive an estimate during your initial consultation. Since most medical insurance policies won’t cover this procedure, we do offer financing through CareCredit®. You may also pay with a personal check, cash or any major credit card.
Getting Back to Normal
The better shape you’re in prior to surgery, the faster you can expect to recover after surgery. There are some exercises that will assist the healing process without placing unnecessary stress on your sutures.
It takes some patients three or four weeks to return to their daily routines comfortably while others may return to work within a week. You should wait for Dr. Koger to clear you for more aggressive forms of exercise.
You don’t have to live with sagging skin or pockets of abdominal fat that reduce your self-confidence and limit your wardrobe options. If you live in the Palm Beach County area, Dr. Koger can help you eliminate those flaws so that you look and feel better every day. As long as you lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body, you will enjoy a slimmer, firmer stomach for years to come. Contact us today!