Tummy Tuck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is done to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen, as well as tighten weakened abdominal muscles. This procedure can help to form a tighter, flatter abdominal profile. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure to comprehensively address the contour of the body. The following information will review all aspects of the procedure including the cost, procedure details, and discuss who is an ideal candidate.

Cost of Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck $7,398


This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.

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The key to a successful outcome is full-transparency. The following information is the full breakdown of the procedure:

  • The Surgery – The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes 2 – 3 hours.
  • Discomfort – The level of discomfort to expect will be approximately moderate to severe. Patients should anticipate 3 – 14 days of pain medication.
  • Bruising – Bruising is not a typical side effect of the procedure unless combined with liposuction.
  • Swelling – Swelling post-procedure typically peaks at 3 days, improves in 2 – 4 weeks, but may take 3 months to fully resolve.
  • Bandages – Patients will have bandages changed the day after surgery.
  • Stitches – For a tummy tuck, Dr. Rocheford uses internal stitches that dissolve on their own.
  • Drains – Drains will be placed to prevent fluid collections, also known as seromas. The tubes are plastic and are connected to small reservoirs the size of a lemon. You will need to empty them several times daily. Drains are removed between 2 and 3 weeks following surgery.
  • Support Garments – An abdominal binder will be placed on you at the time of surgery and will be worn full time for the first six weeks’ post–operation.
  • Work – You may return to work when you are done taking prescription pain medication. Use of medication is usually completed in 1 – 2 weeks. If your job requires manual lifting or labor, it’s best to wait 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Sun Exposure – For optimal healing and minimally visible scars, it is vital to protect the surgical site from the sun with sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher for one year.
  • Exercise – Patients can expect to resume gentle walking in 2 weeks. However, for weights and more vigorous exercise, 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Final Result – Following scar maturation, patients can begin to enjoy the full results in about one year. This includes the reduction of swelling, scar visibility, and lessening of any discomfort.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Good candidates for a tummy tuck are those who are non-smokers and who are physically healthy. Patients who are bothered with the appearance of their abdomen and who have realistic expectations can often benefit the most from this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford can help to decide whether this procedure is a good match for you. “Working with Dr. Rocheford was the best experience I have had working with a doctor. She was personable and professional. I can’t say enough good things about her and her staff. They were all wonderful to work with! I couldn’t be happier with the results! I highly recommend Dr. Rocheford!” Read More Stories

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. It involves a horizontal scar between the pubic hairline and belly button. The length of this incisions will depend on the amount of excess skin being removed. The abdominal skin is then lifted, and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened. In some cases, a second incision around the belly button may be needed to remove extra skin on the upper abdomen. The upper abdominal skin is then pulled down, excess skin removed, and remaining skin sutured together. A tummy tuck is performed through an incision on the lower abdomen just at the pubic line. The skin and fatty tissue will be lifted up away from the abdominal muscles up to the level of the breasts. Sutures are used to bring the muscles back together which will flatten your stomach and cinch your waist. Once the muscle repair is complete, the extra skin and tissue are removed and the incision is closed with internal dissolving stitches. The belly button is brought out through new skin and stitched into place.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Following surgery, drains will be placed to collect any excess fluid that may build up.  Swelling and discomfort may occur but can be controlled with medication and compression garments. The compression garment should be worn for six weeks to promote optimal healing. Most patients can return to work in one to two weeks, with final results becoming apparent in one year. If you’re ready to discuss your tummy tuck options, now is a great time to schedule your tummy tuck consultation in Minneapolis-St. Paul with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment.

Tummy Tuck FAQ’s

What is a tummy tuck?

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck in Minneapolis-St. Paul removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.nThe most common causes of this include:n Pregnancyn Agingn Significant fluctuations in weightn Heredityn Prior surgerynAlso known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.nnWhat it won’t do:nA tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck. Also, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally those treated areas below the belly button.

Is it right for me?

Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.nAn abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:nYou are physically healthy and at a stable weightnYou have realistic expectationsnYou are a non-smokernYou are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large

What to expect during your consultation?

The success and safety of your Minneapolis-St. Paul tummy tuck procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.nBe prepared to discuss:nWhy you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomenMedical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsnUse of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugsnPrevious surgeriesnYour surgeon may also:nEvaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsnTake photographs for your medical recordnDiscuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentnDiscuss likely outcomes of the tummy tuck and any risks or potential complications

Preparing for surgery?

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:nGet lab testing or a medical evaluationnTake certain medications or adjust your current medicationsnStop smoking well in advance of surgerynAvoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedingnSpecial instructions you receive will cover:nWhat to do on the day of surgerynThe use of anesthesia during your tummy tucknPost-operative care and follow-up

Important facts about the safety and risks of abdominoplasty?

The decision to have tummy tuck surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals as well as if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Rocheford and her staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.nPossible risks of abdominoplasty include:nUnfavorable scarringnBleeding (hematoma)nInfectionnFluid accumulationnPoor wound healingnSkin lossnBlood clotsnNumbness or other changes in skin sensationnAnesthesia risksnSkin discoloration and/or prolonged swellingnFatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)nMajor wound separationnAsymmetrynThe recurrent looseness of skinnPain, which may persistnDeep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsnPersistent swelling in the legsnNerve damagenThe possibility of revisional surgerynSuboptimal aesthetic resultnYou’ll need helpnIf your abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Step 1 – AnesthesianMedications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.nnStep 2 – The incisionnA full tummy tuck in Minneapolis-St. Paul requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.nnStep 3 – Closing the incisionsnSutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.nnStep 4 – See the resultsnYour tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident with your new slimmer profile.

My recovery?

Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. You may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Rocheford. Be sure to ask Dr. Rocheford specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.nWhere will I be taken after my surgery is complete?nWhat medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?nWill I have dressings/bandages after surgery?nWhen will they be removed?nAre stitches removed? When?nWhen can I resume normal activity and exercise?nWhen do I return for follow-up care?nPrevious abdominal surgery may limit the potential results of a tummy tuck. In women who have undergone a cesarean section, the existing scars may often be incorporated into the new scar.

Questions to ask Dr. Rocheford?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:nAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nWere you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?nIf so, at which hospitals?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for this procedure?nWhat will be expected of me to get the best results?nWhere and how will you perform my procedure?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?nHow are complications handled?nHow can I expect my stomach to look over time? After pregnancy?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my tummy tuck?nDo you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?


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