When the skin becomes stretched over an extended period of time, such as during weight gain or pregnancy, it may lose its ability to contract back to its original firmness upon returning to a smaller size. This loss of skin elasticity can leave behind areas of loose hanging skin that can make it difficult to feel comfortable with one’s appearance. Because skin laxity is a problem that cannot be corrected by weight loss or exercise, cosmetic surgery is often needed. Dr. Dugan, a cosmetic surgeon in Annapolis, MD (serving Maryland, DC, and Virginia) can perform a customized tummy tuck procedure to create a sculpted, slimmer, and toned midsection.
During the consultation, Dr. Dugan will determine if the tummy tuck will require tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles or only removal of excess skin. The procedure is performed under IV sedation along with tumescent anesthesia. In some cases, a tummy tuck may also be paired with liposuction in order to address stubborn fat in the abdominal region and to allow for a nicer contour. A horizontal incision is made, at a width sufficient to remove the appropriate amount of loose skin, and the excess skin and fat are removed. If needed, the abdominal wall muscles will be tightened. The remaining skin will then be reapproximated. The incision line will be in a location that can be covered by underwear or a swim suit.
An abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can take anywhere from 2-5 hours to complete depending on the extent of the surgery, which will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Dugan. It is one of the more uncomfortable cosmetic procedures and will require additional time for recovery. The patient will be required to wear a compression garment for 4 weeks to help establish the connection between the repositioned abdominal skin and the underlying muscles. The compression garments can be worn under any clothing and are quite comfortable. Patients may return to work with light duty in 2-3 weeks. Activities that involve contraction of the abdominal muscles or contact sports are not recommended during the recovery period. More strenuous activities can be performed 4-6 weeks after surgery. The final appearance is expected to be seen three months after surgery.
The tummy tuck is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. The cost for tummy tuck surgery can range from $8,000-$11,000, which includes surgery, pre-operative and post-operative appointments, anesthesia, and facility fee. Financing is available.
Achieve your goals at Annapolis’s Dugan Aesthetics & Wellness Center. Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Dugan to learn about your unique options and discover what the best approach is for you. See for yourself how Dr. Dugan’s extensive experience and careful attention to detail are apparent in all aspects of her cosmetic and gynecologic treatments. Contact us online or give us a call at 443-353-9002.
Board Certified Gynecologist Dr. Khadija Dugan is passionate about assisting her patients with improving their lives by regaining and maintaining their youth and beauty both inside and out. She prides herself in creating the most natural aesthetic and medical results by assessing each patient and developing a plan uniquely designed for each individual. Dr. Dugan strives for excellence with every patient by integrating her meticulous, artistic eye with the latest, most revolutionary technologies available. She is known for her gentle touch and her caring approach, as well as for being a keen listener. Read More