TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY) AT ADVANCED BODY SCULPTING OF NEW ENGLAND
A “Tummy Tuck”, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdominal area and strengthens the muscle wall, resulting in a flat abdomen and narrowed waistline. Unlike liposuction surgery, which just removes fat, this operation involves the removal of excess skin and fat, with the tightening of the abdominal muscles (diastasis rectus). For this reason, it is more extensive than liposuction. A Tummy Tuck often includes tumescent liposuction and/or SmartLipo laser lipoplasty, particularly of the flanks and lower back. This results in a tighter waistline and sculpted back that reduces the “love handles” and “bra bulge” areas.
The Tummy Tuck is done in an outpatient setting in Advanced Body Sculpting of New England’s AAAHC-accredited office-based surgery center in Fall River, Massachusetts. The surgery usually takes approximately 3 to 5 hours and depends on a variety of factors including the amount of excess skin, the laxity of the abdominal muscles, and the amount of fatty tissue removed during liposuction. All tummy tucks are performed under intravenous conscious sedation and tumescent local anesthesia, which is administered by a Board Certified Nurse Anesthetist.
Prior to a Tummy Tuck surgery, a careful history and physical exam is performed by Dr. Mark X. Lowney to ensure that the patient is an appropriate candidate. A comprehensive lab panel is also reviewed. On the day of the pre-operative visit, the informed consent, pre-operative and post-operative instructions are meticulously reviewed and the patient is fitted with a compression garment. On the day of the surgery, the amount of skin that is to be removed and the areas of fat to be liposuctioned are carefully marked. An incision is made in the bikini line and the excess skin is pulled down and inward and is removed with underlying fatty tissue. The weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and tightened as required, the skin carefully re-draped and the incision closed with several layers of absorbable suture. A drain is usually placed under the skin and is removed in 2 to 7 days. Recovery time is usually 7 to 10 days based on the specific procedure performed.
What Makes An Advanced Body Sculpting Tummy Tuck Different?
Mark X. Lowney MD takes an artistic approach to helping patients regain a more youthful figure with the tummy tuck procedure. He uses refined techniques to create the significantly smaller scars compared to the traditional tummy tuck. He also performs liposculpture to give patients the best results possible by contouring the waist, lower back, and to flatten the abdomen. Most surgeons do not combine abdominal liposuction with a tummy tuck but Dr Lowney usually does. The combination allows for a more contoured abdomen and significantly increases patient satisfaction.
At Advanced Body Sculpting of New England, Dr. Lowney performs the tummy tuck with a low bikini scar, the shortest scar possible. With this procedure, the scar is lower and well hidden allowing most patients to wear a bikini without visible scars. The procedure and the incision point are tailored to each patient’s goals and lifestyle.
Dr. Mark X. Lowney also offers a unique procedure called the “Mini Tummy Tuck”. This procedure is ideal for the patient who has a low “pooch” of loose skin below the belly button. He uses liposuction to remove the excess fat, and then removes the excess skin. With a Mini Tummy Tuck, there is no need to suture the muscle wall and re-create the belly button. He only removes the excess skin or “pooch” and often in combination with a small amount of liposuction. Dr. Mark X. Lowney will determine if you are a candidate for the Mini Tummy Tuck, lipoabdominoplasty (Avelar Tummy Tuck) or standard Tummy Tuck procedure. His ultimate goal is for your satisfaction and an improved, natural appearance without any obvious signs of surgery. Whether you want to wear a bikini in confidence or show off your new belly button, Dr Mark X. Lowney is here to help you along that journey.
Who Is A Good Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?
What Is the Cost Of A Tummy Tuck?
The average cost of a Tummy Tuck at Advanced Body Sculpting of New England is about $9000. A Mini Tummy Tuck begins at $7500. Your specific quote will depend on a variety of factors, including the amount of liposuction being performed as well as the amount of skin needed to be removed.
When comparing prices at different cosmetic or cosmetic surgery centers, it is important to know that the total cost of your surgery will include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs and the facility fee for the operating room. Some surgery centers bundle the price of the procedure into one total fee and others may only quote you their surgeon’s fee so their prices seem less.
“Dr.Lowney was very personable, and made me feel at ease every time I saw him. On surgery day, I did not have a worry in the world, however leading up to that day I was a mess. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tummy tuck with lipo.”
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