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The primary objective of a tummy tuck, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is to achieve a trim and flattened abdominal region. Tummy tucks are particularly popular especially among those who have recently shed a substantial amount of weight and women who have undergone childbirth, seeking to reclaim their pre-pregnancy physique. Although it is not designed for weight reduction, a tummy tuck can enhance your aesthetic appeal while simultaneously boosting your comfort and self-assurance.
After attending University in London and Windsor, Ontario Canada, Dr. Ashley Steinberg headed to St. George’s, Grenada where she completed two years of basic science classes.
After graduating from SGU Magna cum Laude, she matched in Brooklyn, New York into a general surgery residency – where she spent her whatever time she could scrubbing in with the two plastic surgeons who she was privileged to work with.
Upon transferring to the University of Nevada, School of Medicine – she was able to spend time rotating in plastic surgery with the late, great Dr. William Zamboni.
Dr. Steinberg’s quest for continued education took her to the largest medical center in the world – the Houston Medical Center – where she completed three more years of training in plastic surgery with some of the best plastic surgeons in the world at the esteemed Houston Methodist Hospital.
Dr. Ashley Steinberg is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has been awarded Rising stars top doctor in Texas weekly third year in a row and has over 1500 plastic surgery procedures done.
Abdominoplasty, a cosmetic surgical procedure, involves the removal of surplus skin and fat from the abdomen and the tightening of the abdominal wall. This results in a more slender waistline and alleviates discomfort associated with excess abdominal skin, lax abdominal muscles, and stubborn fat deposits.
It’s been a year since my surgery and I’m still delighted. The truth was I was looking for something extremely natural and she guided me at all times. The attention was incredible and she is super patient and in case of any concern, she was always attentive and concerned about my health. I received all the necessary studies. He knew how to give me my time since I was undecided and when I felt ready, I just did it. My recovery was fast. The pain honestly lasted 2 days and it was tolerable.
Dr. Steinberg and her whole staff make you feel so comfortable and confident-you’re going to find any excuse to come back as soon as possible! From the consultation to procedure, I felt so taken care of. I never felt pressured into any service-rather guided by Dr. Steinberg. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and really works with you to work within your preferred atheistic.
I highly recommend Dr. Steinberg! I had a breast reduction and tummy tuck 360 in March and I am so happy with my results! Dr. Steinberg and the staff went above and beyond my expectations. I consulted with other physicians before I went to P.S. for my surgery but after one visit there, I knew that I wanted her as my surgeon. She has a great bedside manner and calmed my fears before the surgery and she and the nurses have promptly answered any question I have had.
Dr. Steinberg completely transformed me from when I first came to her. After a double mastectomy gone bad from a different surgeon, she came to the rescue and literally changed everything for me! I appreciate her so much and the amazing job she did. She is super sweet, down to earth, and listens to you! I’m so thankful I came across her. I also drive 6 hours round trip to see her!
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck typically exhibit an excess of abdominal skin, often stemming from substantial weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process. These individuals should be close to their desired weight and maintain good physical health, with no intentions of future pregnancies. A commitment to a healthy lifestyle is crucial. Before undergoing tummy tuck surgery, candidates may be required to complete blood or imaging tests. Smokers are strongly advised to quit or abstain from smoking for several weeks prior to and following the procedure.
The different types of tummy tucks are determined by the amount of excess skin a patient wishes to address. The extent of excess skin to be removed plays a crucial role in determining the specific location and length of the incision that the plastic surgeon will need to make.
A full tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision that extends from hip to hip just above the pubic area. Excess skin and fat are removed from the area below the belly button, and the navel is repositioned if necessary. The abdominal muscles are tightened as well.
A mini tummy tuck is less extensive than a full tummy tuck. It is primarily designed to address excess skin on the lower abdomen. There is no incision around the navel, and the focus of the procedure is to correct mild to moderate skin laxity and fat deposits in the lower abdomen. Very few patients qualify for this procedure.
A non-surgical tummy tuck refers to a range of non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures and treatments that aim to improve the appearance of the abdomen without surgery. These procedures often use technologies like laser therapy, radiofrequency, ultrasound, or injectables that promote skin tightening and reduce fatty tissue.
A plus size tummy tuck is a specialized abdominoplasty procedure tailored to individuals with larger body types. The goal is to address excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, helping patients achieve a more proportionate and toned appearance.
Some individuals may struggle with more loose skin above the belly button as opposed to in the lower abdominal area. When this occurs, a reverse tummy tuck may be chosen as a solution. Reverse abdominoplasty does not correct loose skin on the lower abdomen. Rather, they involve incisions made in the inframammary folds (creases below the breasts) so that the upper abdominal can be improved.
A drainless tummy tuck aims to minimize the use of post-operative drainage tubes. Instead of relying on drains to remove excess fluids, this procedure utilizes advanced surgical methods and internal sutures to control fluid accumulation.
An extended tummy tuck addresses excess skin on the front of the abdomen as well as around the trunk toward the flanks and back. For this reason, a longer lower abdominal incision is required.
A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck requires both a horizontal incision on the lower abdomen and a vertical incision that runs straight down beneath the navel. This allows for the removal of even more loose abdominal skin for those patients who require more extensive surgery.
All significant surgeries carry inherent risks, and tummy tuck surgery is no different. While infrequent, potential complications of a tummy tuck encompass infection, blood clots, excessive bleeding, the accumulation of fluids (seroma), diminished skin sensation, tissue damage, suboptimal wound healing, less-than-ideal tummy tuck scars, and more. Dr. Steinberg will thoroughly discuss the surgical risks during your consultation.
Swelling, bruising, and some pain and discomfort are all normal during tummy tuck recovery. Pain medication, the use of a compression garment, and other strategies can be used to keep you comfortable. For the first few days, limit your activity, and get plenty of rest. Do not lift anything heavy or exert yourself too much for the first several weeks. Light walking is encouraged to
Each patient’s abdominoplasty cost will vary based on their unique situation. The geographical location of your surgery, hospital or surgical facility fees, surgeon experience and skill, anesthesia costs, and aftercare needs will all influence your tummy tuck price.
Overall, the average cost of tummy tuck surgery cost is usually around $8,000 to $12,000 or more. Again, always schedule a consultation appointment to get an accurate estimate.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Tummy Tuck Surgery
The average cost of mini tummy tuck surgery is generally the same as the average cost of a full tummy tuck: around $8,000 to $12,000 or more. For an accurate cost estimate, schedule a consultation appointment.
Yes, you can undergo a tummy tuck after a C-section. This is different from a “C tuck”, however, and it’s important to wait until you have fully healed from your C-section before getting a tummy tuck. This usually takes six months to a year.
Achieving an hourglass figure with a tummy tuck involves discussing your desired outcome with your surgeon. They will assess your anatomy and recommend the appropriate tummy tuck technique. Proper planning, including pre-operative preparation and post-operative care, is essential.
To plan for a mini tummy tuck, first schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will recommend how much time to take off work, steps to take in anticipation of surgery (changing or ceasing certain medications, for example), and how to plan for your recovery.
Yes, it is common to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction. This combination allows for the removal of both excess skin and fat from the abdomen.
Most patients are happy with their outcome after tummy tuck surgery. In rare cases, a patient may experience poor healing or scarring of the navel. If this occurs, revision surgery is usually an option.
Most of the time a liposuction tummy tuck combination is used whenever a patient gets a tummy tuck. However, if a patient only wants liposuction because they have excess abdominal fat, a tummy tuck is rarely included.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Steinberg performs tummy tucks for her patients in the Houston, TX area. Contact her office to schedule a consultation.
Yes, there are tummy tuck options for plus size individuals. Plastic surgeons can tailor the procedure to address the specific concerns of patients with higher BMIs.
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