Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Whether you call it tummy tuck, Abdominoplasty or Mommy Makeover, when it’s time to get your tight flat stomach back, choosing the right surgeon is the most important decision you can make. You want a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with years of experience doing tummy tuck procedures.
- Randall Harrell, M.D., is all of that and more! Dr. Harrell worked with the inventor of the breast implant, Dr. Frank Gerow, to develop a “French Line Abdominoplasty.”This is for women who liked to wear French cut bikinis and not see any incisions from their tummy tucks. While it’s mostly woman who choose to have tummy tucks men are also concerned with their tummy area and also seek abdominal surgery.
A flat and well toned tummy is something most of us try and achieve through diet and exercise. Sometimes diet and exercise cannot achieve the goal of a flat stomach due to physical changes in the body. Both men and women can have an otherwise normal body weight and proportion and have an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and saggy. The most common cause of diet resistant fat and skin on the abdomen is Pregnancy, aging, significant weight gain or loss, heredity and prior surgery.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, is where excess fat and skin are removed from the body, and in most cases muscles are tightened so that your profile is flatter, smoother and firmer. Dr. Harrell also does a special procedure while tightening the abdominal muscle, where he can make you look like you have a six pack without working out!
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. While abdominplasty results are permanent the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. Tummy tucks cannot correct stretch marks, but if they are located below the belly button, they can often be removed with the extra skin.
Many women have Abdominoplasty surgery in combination with breast augmentation or breast lift and we call this combination a Mommy Makeover. Many women decide to combine their tummy tucks with breast augmentations or breast lifts as they can get their pre-mommy bodies back. Mommy makeovers are very popular and Dr. Harrell does a lot of these kinds of surgeries with very happy patient outcomes.
Tummy Tuck Cost
You know how it is, you’ve exercised, you’ve dieted and still that belly pooch won’t go away! Tummy Tuck may be your answer. When considering a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty, cost is always a factor. Knowing if your a candidate and then knowing what it will cost are the first steps.
Many Plastic Surgeons break down the costs by Facility and Anesthesia Fee and then the Doctors fee on top of those fees. Sometimes when seeing many Doctors it can get confusing as to what the actual cost may be.
Dr. Harrell a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon does a global cost. Meaning that his staff will quote an overall cost that will cover everything. When comparing costs with other Doctors you need to make sure you are getting all the costs included.
In the U.S. typically the Doctors fee, Anesthesia and Facility Fees total for Tummy Tuck can range from $6500.00 to $9500.00.
Tummy Tuck Before and After
When deciding to have a Tummy Tuck choosing your surgeon can make all the difference in the world. Experience, Experience, Experience is the most important factor.
How long the surgeon has been performing abdominoplasties is important as well as looking at their before and after pictures. When looking at pictures you can see a person that may have your body style and you can see how you might look after the surgery.
Before and after pictures are key as well as how many pictures they have. The more before and afters they have the more patients they have done.
In a Tummy tuck before and after picture you want to see a flattening or tightening of the stomach as well as the redundant skin removed. Dr. Harrell has been doing Tummy Tucks for 25 years, and has done thousands of patients.
Many people ask if Abdominoplasty surgery is right for them; see Dr. Harrell so he can help determine if it is a good decision. Be prepared to be totally honest with Dr. Harrell when you come in for the consult.
When you arrive at our office, here at the Fountain of Youth Institute you will be greeted by our staff. You will be asked to fill out some paperwork that will help us get to know you better. You will be taken to an exam room. When Dr. Harrell and his assistant come into your room he will examine your belly and ask you many questions. Be prepared to tell him why you want the surgery and your expectations on the outcome. Also make sure you tell him all of your medical conditions, drug allergies and past surgeries and medical treatments. Let him know your current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Next, Dr. Harrell will make a recommendation and he will be able to tell you what he can do for you, and how much fat and skin he can take off.
You can also have digital visualization (a.k.a. imaging) here at the office. That’s where a picture will be taken of you and then your consultant will use a computer program to show you what Dr. Harrell can do for you and how you will look after surgery with a flatter tighter stomach. It is exciting because you can get an idea what you will look like when all the healing after surgery has taken place. So many patients are happy after getting tummy tuck surgery, because they get results they would not have been able to get on their own.
If you are interested in finding out more about Dr. Harrell, the Fountain of Youth Institute and Abdomioplasty surgery, call us here at 727-781-0818 for an appointment.