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Abdominoplasty: What to Know Before Your Tummy Tuck

From the Show: HER
Summary: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 111,986 tummy tucks performed in 2013.
Air Date: 11/13/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Robert Singer, MD
DR SINGERDr. Robert Singer has been engaged in private practice in La Jolla, San Diego, since 1976 and is now an internationally recognized plastic surgeon.

Throughout his career, Dr. Singer has authored many scientific publications on various aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery as well as cosmetic medicine, safety, and practice management. Dr. Singer is frequently invited to speak to distinguished plastic surgeon and executive groups in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America.

He has been a resource for plastic surgical information to the international and national media, the Medical Board of California, and the Congress of the United States.
Abdominoplasty: What to Know Before Your Tummy Tuck
Whether you've dramatically lost weight, or have gone through a pregnancy, you may have some excess skin hanging around your tummy.

You may have tried different tactics to reform your midsection, such as diet, exercise, or pilates, but nothing seems to have worked.

Would you ever consider an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a very common procedure. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 111,986 tummy tucks performed in 2013. The procedure involves a surgeon removing loose skin while tightening the abdominal muscles.

What are the different types of tummy tucks?

Depending on what you're looking for, there are several different varieties of tummy tucks. One is a mini tummy tuck, which has a shorter incision. This may be done if you don't have a ton of loose skin. There are also modified tummy tucks and full tummy tucks.

What is the cost and how much recovery time is required?

What you want done and how much skin you want to be removed can vary the cost of your procedure. Usually the range is anywhere from $4,000-$15,000. But, it is important to know that you don't want to be bargaining on this type of procedure. The recovery time also varies from patient to patient, but generally is between one to two weeks.

What else do you need to know about a tummy tuck procedure?

Dr. Robert Singer shares the different types of abdominoplasty procedures and everything you need to know before getting the surgery.
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