At Coastal Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center, our goal is to help you attain your dream physique in a compassionate and supportive environment. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Cassidy Hinojosa, MD, provides a comprehensive selection of advanced cosmetic procedures, including the extremely popular tummy tuck. Known medically as “abdominoplasty,” a tummy tuck serves to remove, redrape, and tighten excess skin and tissue to create a flatter, firmer midsection. Trust in Dr. Hinojosa’s advanced surgical skill and gentle, feminine touch to exceed your every expectation.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
As a result of age, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and other factors, the skin and tissues of the abdomen can lose their elasticity, oftentimes becoming loose and saggy. In some cases, the muscles of the abdomen can also begin to separate, creating a distended or “pooched” appearance. All of these factors can contribute to self-consciousness or embarrassment. Worse yet, these concerns can be very difficult—if not outright impossible—to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck is designed to comprehensively rejuvenate the abdomen by removing excess skin, tightening the underlying musculature, and reshaping the remaining tissue for a firmer, flatter aesthetic.
Abdominoplasty can be performed using a variety of techniques depending upon the nature of your concerns. For instance, Dr. Hinojosa can tailor the procedure to address the lower belly by employing a “mini tummy tuck,” which specifically targets the region between the belly button and the upper pubic area. Abdominoplasty is also a common part of a comprehensive mommy makeover (alongside breast augmentation), as pregnancy can have a variety of unique aesthetic impacts on the abdomen. Whatever your goals may be, Dr. Hinojosa will personalize your tummy tuck treatment plan to help you achieve the physique you desire.
What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
One of the most sought-after aesthetic surgeries in the world, a tummy tuck’s potential benefits include:
- A firmer, more toned midsection
- Tightening of loose musculature and/or diastasis recti repair
- Significant reduction of unwanted skin, tissue, and fat
- A more slender waistline
- Long-lasting results (provided the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle following surgery)
- Enhanced self-confidence
How is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed?
Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia, and the surgery takes approximately three to four hours to complete. As stated above, Dr. Hinojosa will tailor the procedure to your specific areas of concern; that said a full, or traditional, abdominoplasty typically involves incisions around the belly button and/or across the lower abdomen along the bikini line. After the incisions have been placed, Dr. Hinjosa will tighten the muscles and remove and redrape excess skin and tissue as needed before meticulously closing the incisions. In some cases, liposuction may also be included to remove excess fat and resculpt the midsection.
Dr. Hinojosa is one of the few female cosmetic surgeons in the Corpus Christi area. For a better understanding of her exceptional skills and dedication to providing superior patient outcomes, please explore our tummy tuck gallery.
What is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?
As everyone heals according to their own timeline, the recovery process for abdominoplasty can vary in length. That said, Dr. Hinojosa generally recommends patients take at least a week off from work to rest. You may experience swelling, bruising, or soreness, but these symptoms should fade in the weeks following surgery. You will likely be prescribed pain medication to help manage any post-surgical discomfort. It is important that you carefully follow all of Dr. Hinojosa’s aftercare instructions and attend your follow-up appointments as directed. This can help expedite the healing process and optimize your final results.
Will I Have Visible Tummy Tuck Scars?
As with any major cosmetic surgery, abdominoplasty can cause scarring. That said, Dr. Hinojosa carefully places all incisions in the most inconspicuous locations possible to reduce the risk of noticeable scars. Immediately after surgery, the incisions may appear somewhat raised and discolored. However, as your body heals, they should flatten and fade significantly.
Rest assured that Dr. Hinojosa will discuss the plan for incision placement during your consultation so you know what to expect. We also offer a variety of skin treatments that may be used to reduce the appearance of scarring.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
At Coastal Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center, the cost of a tummy tuck typically ranges from $6525 to $9550, with the former representing the price of a mini tummy tuck and the latter the price of a full anchor abdominoplasty. The precise cost is contingent upon a number of factors, including surgeon’s fees, the extent of treatment, the surgical strategy utilized, and more.
Following your consultation with Dr. Hinojosa, we will provide you with a personalized price quote. We accept a variety of payment options for your convenience, including financing through CareCredit®, a third-party lending service that can help eligible patients pay for their treatment in low- or no-interest installments.
For more information about abdominoplasty or any of the other body enhancement procedures we offer, please contact Coastal Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center today. Dr. Hinojosa would be proud to accompany you on your abdominal rejuvenation journey!