It’s common to develop excess skin around your belly after having kids or following significant weight loss. Many women also have weakened abdominal muscles after their pregnancy. Combined, these effects can cause your belly to protrude, affecting the overall contour of your body.
Dr. Sauerhammer performs tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to give Appleton and Green Bay patients a flatter and firmer midsection. If diet and exercise haven’t provided the results that you want, consider a surgical option for transforming your body into your aesthetic ideal.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck focuses on creating a slimmer midsection and tighter body contour. Patients choose to have the procedure so that they can:
- Feel stronger and fitter. A standard tummy tuck will tighten both the underlying muscles of your belly and get rid of unwanted extra skin. For some patients, these results aren’t achievable with diet and exercise alone.
- Fit well in clothing. Excess skin and lax abdominal muscles can affect the way form-fitting clothes look on you. A tummy tuck can resolve this problem with one surgery.
- Have a better body image. Our Appleton and Green Bay patients frequently tell us how happy they are to be able to wear a bikini again and how much more comfortable they are with their appearance.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
Here are some of the questions you should consider when exploring tummy tuck surgery:
Is your goal to remove unwanted fat or excess skin?
Many patients come to our practice thinking that stubborn belly fat is the problem they need to address. A liposuction procedure can remove targeted areas of fat, but more often than not, excess skin is the real culprit behind their aesthetic concerns. In these cases, a tummy tuck is more likely to provide the results patients want.
Where around your belly do you have excess skin?
Most patients need a procedure that focuses on excess skin above and below the belly button — a “standard” tummy tuck. In this standard procedure, Dr. Sauerhammer tightens the weakened abdominal muscles and removes the unwanted skin. However, there are some patients who are candidates for a “mini” version of the surgery. This procedure only addresses excess skin below the belly button and along the bikini line.
Are you planning to have children in the future?
Since pregnancy will reverse the aesthetic changes that a tummy tuck provides, women who may become pregnant should delay their procedure.
Dr. Sauerhammer will spend time during your consultation discussing these questions with you and will help you decide on the best approach for achieving your goals.
What Is the Recovery from a Tummy Tuck Like?
Dr. Sauerhammer performs tummy tuck surgery for Appleton and Green Bay patients under general anesthesia. You can expect to go home on the same day as your procedure. If you are like most of our patients and have a standard tummy tuck, you should plan for about two weeks off from work and away from normal daily responsibilities. Dr. Sauerhammer will place drains to help with fluid buildup following your surgery. She will also use a long-lasting local anesthetic to keep you as comfortable as possible in the days after your procedure.
Dr. Sauerhammer focuses on creating a natural-looking and beautiful appearance in all of her procedures. With a tummy tuck, this means placing incisions below the bikini line so that scars remain well hidden. Incision lines take about one year to fade to their fullest extent, and during your recovery, Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery will provide guidance in how you can minimize their appearance long-term.
Pricing for Tummy Tuck Surgery in Appleton and Green Bay
The price for a mini tummy tuck surgery is around $8,000, while the price for a standard tummy tuck is about $10,000.
Since Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery plans every procedure based on the individual patient’s needs, your pricing may vary. We encourage you to schedule an initial consultation so that we can learn about your goals, explore your options, and help you look and feel the way that you want.