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Tummy Tuck FAQ

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Tummy Tuck ModelAbdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a highly effective way for men and women to improve the appearance of their abdomens, an area of the body that can be particularly resistant to diet and exercise. Because it's such a customized procedure, tummy tuck surgery in Boston by Dr. Michael Tantillo produces high levels of patient satisfaction — and plenty of questions. To help streamline the process, he's provided answers to some of the questions he hears most often.

Ready to learn more about tummy tuck surgery? To visit with Dr. Tantillo in person, request a consultation with him.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

It's difficult to provide exact numbers when it comes to the cost of plastic surgery. Our pricing is dependent on several factors, including the type of tummy tuck (mini or full), the patient's anatomy, and more.

Typically, the total cost at our Boston practice for tummy tuck surgery falls between $6,000 and $10,000, although there are always exceptions. During their consultations, patients receive written quotes based on Dr. Tantillo's evaluation.

Will a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

Abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss surgery, and people who are significantly overweight are not good candidates. Although the removal of excess skin and fat will cause minor weight loss, tummy tuck surgery is not an adequate substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Pregnancy following abdominoplasty is physically possible, as the surgery does not affect a woman's reproductive system or ability to have children safely. However, Dr. Tantillo generally advises against it, as the physical effects of pregnancy and childbirth can alter or even reverse the cosmetic results of the surgery.

If you're considering having a child after your tummy tuck, be sure to discuss your plans with Dr. Tantillo during your consultation. He can help you create a timeline that works for you or suggest alternative body contouring procedures that may be more compatible with your lifestyle.

What will my scars look like?

Scars are an unfortunate trade-off for the many cosmetic benefits of tummy tuck surgery. Your scar will depend on the kind of surgery you get; mini-abdominoplasty scars are shorter than a full tummy tuck. Regardless, Dr. Tantillo is careful to hide your scar discreetly below the line where your underwear or swimsuit would fall, from hip to hip. He also uses precise surgical techniques to keep your incision as fine as possible, and our medical team can recommend topical products and other care techniques for you to use at home to help your incision heal quickly and beautifully.

I have a tattoo on my abdomen. Will a tummy tuck alter it?

During a tummy tuck, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is re-draped to create a smooth, taut appearance. Depending on the location of your tattoo, it may be distorted or removed completely. Tummy tuck surgery is, however, highly customizable, and there may be techniques to ensure a satisfactory outcome without changing the appearance of your tattoo. Be sure to mention this to Dr. Tantillo during your consultation. He can help you decide on the best course of action for your body.

How do I know whether I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?

Dr. Tantillo considers several specific factors when evaluating potential abdominoplasty patients in Boston. An important consideration for any body sculpting patient is whether he or she is primarily concerned by excess skin or fat.

Liposuction is a good choice for addressing stubborn fat deposits, but tummy tuck surgery is the preferred method when loose, sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles also play a role. In many cases, liposuction is performed as part of a tummy tuck procedure, but it's not always necessary.

Dr. Tantillo keeps patient safety and comfort at the forefront of each of his treatment recommendations. He evaluates your body and helps you decide which options are best for you, tailoring his plans to create beautiful results.

Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

Yes. It is very common for patients who have lost a lot of weight or who want to reverse some of the damage done by pregnancy to want to address multiple areas of concern at once. Dr. Tantillo can safely combine different surgical options into a single operation that saves you recovery time and money.

For mothers who want to restore their pre-pregnancy body contours, Dr. Tantillo offers mommy makeover surgery. This operation can include any number of different procedure options, from breast enhancement to liposuction, but it almost always includes a tummy tuck. A combination surgery that combines post weight loss procedures also usually includes a tummy tuck component.

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