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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is an operation to re-contour the abdominal wall, when the problem is one not just of excess fat, but also one of excess skin or stretched muscles. Unlike liposuction, which only involves very small incisions to remove fatty tissue, a tummy tuck requires a lengthy scar to remove redundant skin. This scar is placed very low on the abdomen, however, so that it is hidden from view.

Dr. Parker has helped thousands of men and women to look and feel their best with his tummy tuck procedure in Las Vegas. He is passionate about providing relief to those who have struggled in vain through diet and exercise to slim the belly - he accomplishes this by providing excellent results from tummy tuck surgery.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Procedure Include?

Every patient is different, and some need more than others. In many cases, the belly button will be relocated to the correct position on the abdomen.

If you have abdominal muscles that appear “split,” whether due to pregnancy, weight gain, or age, this condition will be corrected during surgery by tightening the underlying muscle structure with abdominoplasty. Excess skin and tissue will be removed so your abdomen looks flat and firm – no more bulge.

What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

  • Eliminates small pockets of fat from targeted regions
  • Provides a flat and taut belly by removing excess or sagging skin tissues
  • Highlights abs and contours by repairing loose abdominal muscles
  • Permanent results, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

You’re the ideal candidate for Dr. Parker's tummy tuck surgery in Las Vegas if you have small pockets of stubborn fat or hanging skin tissues. A tummy tuck helps you achieve a tight, flat, and toned midsection, but it’s not a weight-loss procedure. You should only consider a tummy tuck if you’re close to your ideal weight, and you just need to get rid of stubborn fat pockets. A tummy tuck is especially suitable for those who have excess or sagging skin tissues, generally after sudden weight loss or pregnancy.

Consider a tummy tuck if you:

  • Want to remove stubborn fat pockets
  • Want to tighten your belly
  • Are physically and mentally healthy
  • Have realistic expectations about the procedure
  • Are willing to observe a healthy lifestyle to retain the tummy tuck results

Avoid a tummy tuck if you:

  • Have a body mass index greater than 30
  • Intend to get pregnant in the future
  • Have underlying heart conditions or other medical contraindications

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

Tummy tuck cosmetic surgery is usually performed as an elective procedure, and the costs will not be covered under health insurance. Therefore, the dollar cost of surgery becomes an important starting point for many patients. During the initial consultation, Dr. Parker will discuss various aspects of tummy tuck, including its estimated costs.

The first goal of Dr. Parker will be to provide transparent information to the patient and help them make a well-considered choice. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Brian J. Parker provides tummy tuck surgery in Las Vegas, and various other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

What are Your Tummy Tuck Options?

  • Standard Abdominoplasty: Suitable for women who have gone through pregnancy, this procedure concentrates on reshaping the lower abdominal region. Dr. Parker creates an incision from hipbone to hipbone, and then contours the necessary skin, muscles, and tissues. Your belly button may have to be repositioned for symmetry.
  • Partial/ Mini Abdominoplasty: This procedure is suitable for those with small amounts of fat deposits below the belly button; usually those whose dieting and exercising efforts have plateaued. The incision is made just above the pubic region, and there’s no need to reposition the belly button.
  • Extended Abdominoplasty: This procedure is suitable for patients with significant fat tissues in their lower abdomen, hips, lower back, and the “love handles” region. More invasive than other forms of tummy tucks, the incision is made above the pubic area and extends across the entire abdominal region and behind the hips. After creating the incisions, the excess skin and fat tissues are removed, sometimes through liposuction, and then underlying muscles are tightened. The belly button must be repositioned and reconstructed.
  • Panniculectomy: This is a form of abdominoplasty that focuses exclusively on trimming excess or hanging skin tissues left after sudden weight loss. The incision is made above the pubic area, extending from hipbone to hipbone, but the belly button isn’t necessarily repositioned.
  • Reverse Abdominoplasty: This procedure is suitable for patients with a flat or toned lower abdomen, but an upper midsection with excess fat and skin tissues. Dr. Parker makes a single long incision or two small incisions under the breasts. The excess fat and skin tissues are either removed or repositioned towards the breasts.

Why Choose Dr. Brian Parker?

Dr. Brian Parker is a reputable plastic surgeon in Las Vegas. He has an exceptional educational and training background, having earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, followed by an internship and residency at the University of California Los Angeles.

Dr. Parker has a keen understanding of the human anatomy and an artistic eye, twin qualities that ensure optimal and natural-looking results. He’s also incredibly compassionate, and he patiently discusses your cosmetic goals to provide a highly-curated treatment plan for your specific needs and lifestyle.

Factors Impacting theFinancial Arrangement

Tummy tuck surgery costs can vary from one practice to another and also from one patient to another at the same practice in some cases. Some of the key factors impacting the actual monetary amount of the procedure are as follows:

Geographical Factor

This is one of the major factors to influence the cost of tummy tuck plastic surgery because the average cost of living will be different in different locations. Major metropolitan areas and other prime urban centers will usually have higher costs of real estate and other related costs that the costs in a small town in an interior region. This will impact the costs of almost every type of product and service, including a cosmetic procedure such as tummy tuck.

Plastic Surgeon's Fee

The fee charged by a plastic surgeon will typically be in accordance with their qualifications, experience, and recognition in the field of body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck. While the fee alone is no guarantee of a surgeon’s expertise, it is an important element that will influence the overall sticker price of surgery. The patient should consider it in relation to other aspects when choosing a cosmetic surgeon for tummy tuck.

Anesthesia and Surgical Room Costs

The surgeon will usually recommend general anesthesia for tummy tuck surgery. A certified anesthetist nurse or an anesthesiologist will charge a fee as per their expertise and experience. Tummy tuck surgery could be performed at a hospital, an ambulatory surgery center, or a private surgical suite. The costs and benefits can vary under each option.

Extent of Surgery

The choice of surgical technique for tummy tuck will be made according to the patient’s unique abdominal anatomy and their personal cosmetic goals. The dollar amount can be impacted, depending on the length and complexity of the procedure.

For instance, partial abdominoplasty is going to cost considerably lower than a traditional tummy tuck surgery. If liposuction is performed as an additional procedure for the flanks or other areas, the monetary amount may increase. Dr. Parker receives patients from Las Vegas and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.

Insurance and Financing

Insurance coverage for a tummy tuck may only be available in exceptional cases where it can be demonstrated that the procedure is medically necessary. In other instances, the patient has the option to have the procedure financed through professional medical care financing companies. These types of enterprises usually provide fast loan approvals, competitive interest rates, and convenient monthly installments.

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