Want to tighten things up around the waistline? Tired of your post-child-delivery pooch? Below is information about a popular cosmetic body procedure called a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) offered by plastic surgeon, Gregory J. Liebscher, MD, FACS, in Colorado Springs, CO:
Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure to reshape and minimize the body’s torso. During the procedure, a Dr. Liebscher makes an incision from one hipbone to the other hipbone. He then removes any excess fat or skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks are often accompanied by liposuction. Patient satisfaction rates are extremely high.
Some patients only like get a ‘little bit of work’ done on their midsection. This is considered a ‘mini tuck.’ With this procedure, typically only the fat below the belly button is removed, instead of both above and below.
Dr. Greg Liebscher performs tummy tucks on both men and women. Fortunately, tummy tucks are safer than ever, deliver great results, and can really boost one’s self confidence. Please contact Dr. Liebscher to schedule a free cosmetic consultation to learn whether or not a tummy tuck is right for you:
VIDEO: Abdominoplasty Procedure Details
In this video, Dr. Greg Liebscher explains what to expect during a tummy tuck procedure along with risks and expected outcomes:
“My wonderful husband was always kind to reassure me that this never bothered him, it bothered me and that brought me to my tummy tuck! So with the best plastic surgeon in Colorado Springs Dr. Liebscher on my side my dream has finally come true!” – Trish
Who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck?
This surgery can be conducted in both men and women in healthy conditions. Usually, many women opt for this procedure than men. Women who have had many pregnancies often find this procedure very helpful in tightening and reducing their tummy fat. This procedure can also be done on those men and women who were obese once and lost weight gradually with loose skin around the belly.
How does it work?
The procedure is a major surgery. If you smoke or use tobacco products, you must stop smoking or chewing at least two weeks before the surgical procedure. This is because tobacco use slows down the healing process after the surgery. Based on the body fat level, you may need a complete abdominoplasty or a partial one. The mini abdominoplasty is done on those whose fat deposits are located below the navel. This procedure often only takes two hours to complete.
In contrast, a complete abdominoplasty is done when a person has fat all around his or her tummy. In this case, Dr. Liebscher cuts the abdominal skin near the hipbone to contour the entire area, including the muscles, skin, and the tissue. This surgical procedure involves moving your belly button slightly so some drainage tubes may be placed under your skin for at least a few days.
What does an abdominoplasty procedure cost?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of tummy tuck surgery in 2014 was $5,493. Of course, the actual cost for a tummy tuck varies and depends upon your individual situation and how much work is needed. A tummy tuck surgery includes anesthesia fees, surgery center fees, prescription fee, and the surgeon’s fee. A number of insurance companies don’t cover cosmetic surgery such as abdominoplasty under their plans. Dr. Liebscher is very happy to sit down with you during your complimentary consultation to discuss the costs of your procedure with no obligation.
How long does it take?
While the mini surgery takes about 2 hours, a complete abdominoplasty procedure may take up to five hours.
Is it painful?
Patients experience slight swelling and pain around their abdominal area in the days following surgery. Usually, painkiller medicine is prescribed to minimize the post-surgical pain. If you live in Colorado Springs or not, you should arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure unless advised otherwise.
Watch the video animation for the mini tummy tuck procedure
Watch the video animation for the full tummy tuck procedure
It is highly recommended to consult with Dr. Liebscher about the risks of any cosmetic surgery procedure. It allows you to address any of your concerns. You also learn important pre-surgery and after-care information. Adhering to patient safety best assures you the fastest possible recovery period and optimal outcomes.
Get the Facts About Abdominoplasty in Colorado Springs
To schedule a free and private in-person cosmetic consultation with Dr. Greg Liebscher, call 719-634-2503.