At the time of your consultation, you will meet with your chosen board-certified surgeon who will talk with you about your goals and the best way to achieve your desired outcomes. Our goal is to make sure every one of your questions is answered and you feel comfortable with your knowledge of the procedure. In your initial consultation, one of our doctors will evaluate your health, discuss your medical history, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region and carefully assess your skin tone. They will review your goals and make recommendations based on their evaluation. The techniques used in the tummy tuck procedure will be described in detail, and informational materials will be provided. Be sure to notify him if you smoke or if you’re taking any medications, vitamins or other drugs.
We have three Patient Care Coordinators who work closely with you through your entire time in our practice, serving as your resource for any questions or concerns you have along the way. After your time talking to the surgeon, your Patient Coordinator will provide you with a detailed, written estimate of surgical fees for your procedure when you have your initial consultation at Cool Springs Plastic Surgery in Nashville, Tennessee. She will assist you in selecting a date for your surgery, convenient for your schedule. Your Patient Care Coordinator will also inform you about all payment options available in our office. Information regarding “Payment Options” are detailed under the “About” tab at the top of our web page.
To learn more about tummy tucks and what we can do for you, please contact us today for a consultation.
Surgery: What to Expect
Do not eat any food or drink after midnight on the evening before surgery (unless directed to take certain medications by your Patient Coordinator). You may shower the morning of your procedure, but do not apply deodorant, creams, lotions, powders or oil to your skin. Please do not wear jewelry or makeup, and do not bring valuables with you to surgery.
In most cases, surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. However, each patient’s circumstances and extent of the surgery goals will dictate whether the procedure is in our outpatient. The surgery will typically last two to five hours but can be longer. An adult should escort you on the day of surgery and remain with you at home for the first 24 hours.
Immediately after surgery you will be fitted in a garment designed to compress the areas of tummy tuck. Do not remove this garment until directed by the doctor. Furthermore, since it is designed to compress the skin, you should not attempt to loosen the garment.
Afterward, you may sleep and rest in any comfortable position. Rest quietly for 24 hours following surgery; when you get up, do so slowly, as you may feel lightheaded. You will experience some discomfort, but this can be relieved with pain medication. It is also common to experience drainage from your incisions the first night after surgery. Do not remove the garment until instructed to do so by the doctor. You are encouraged to take short walks in your home and to take frequent deep breaths.
Expect some discoloration and swelling in the surgery area. You might find that, due to swelling, the sites appear larger than before. Don’t panic! Shrinkage and skin tightening begin after about four weeks, continuing slowly over six months. You should be able to return to work within one to three weeks and participate in more strenuous activities in four to six weeks.
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Risks are low but include: blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and the possible need for a second surgery. Blood clots can occur in the legs and if dislodged to the heart, they could be fatal.
Your Patient Coordinator will provide you with a detailed, written estimate of fees for your procedure when you have your initial consultation at Cool Springs Plastic Surgery. Your “Estimate of Surgical Fees” will include: surgeon’s fee, operating room and the anesthesiologist’s fee.