Chicago Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, appeals to patients who want to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and attaching loose, separated muscles.
People who seek a tummy tuck procedure often have excess skin and pockets of fat they could not remove through diet and exercise. Additionally, women who seek tummy tucks have muscles that have separated from the abdomen and skin due to multiple pregnancies.
Your Chicago Tummy Tuck Consultation
Like all successful surgeries, a tummy tuck requires an effective consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Leonard Lu. The surgeons at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are highly skilled and trained to perform this body-contouring procedure. To create a tailored treatment plan, your surgeon will discuss the following with you:
- Tummy tuck goals
- Overall health condition, which includes drug allergies, past and current medical treatments
- Medications, which include herbal supplements and vitamins
- Drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage
- Previous major or minor surgeries
On the day of your tummy tuck consultation, your surgeon will evaluate any possible existing health conditions that may increase the risk factors of your surgery. The doctor will also take photographs of the target area, discuss options, and answer any questions you may have about the tummy procedure.
The Chicago Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck takes place while you are under local or general anesthesia and lasts between two and five hours.
After administering anesthetics, the doctor will make a horizontal incision between your belly button and your pubic hairline. The incision’s length and shape will depend on the amount of excess skin you plan to have removed. After making the incision, the surgeon will lift the skin to access the underlying abdominal muscles that need repair.
Your doctor may make a second incision in the navel area if the upper abdomen has excess skin that needs removal.
Having repaired the separated muscles, your surgeon will trim excess skin and suture the remaining skin together. He may create an opening for the belly button before closing the incisions with sutures and surgical adhesives.
Your Chicago Tummy Tuck Recovery
The recovery period may take anywhere from two weeks to a few months, depending on your overall health and your strict adherence to your surgeon’s recovery instructions.
Though a tummy tuck will most likely leave a permanent scar in the incision area, you can easily conceal it beneath clothes.
Provided you maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise, your tummy tuck results will last for a long time.
Before and After Pictures
See how a tummy tuck procedure can help you achieve a svelte figure.
Cost of Tummy Tuck in Chicago
Due to each patient’s unique physical anatomy, the cost of tummy tuck in Chicago will vary from patient to patient. Various other factors determine cost, including the severity of the cosmetic issue.
Consultation with Vernon Hills, North Shore, and Chicago Tummy Tuck Surgeon
If you would like to learn more about the Chicago tummy tuck, call (847) 367-8815 to consult with Dr. Lu. Find our convenient location at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061