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    Everything You Need To Know About The Tummy Tuck Procedure

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    I was inspired to put together this Tummy Tuck Talk due to interest I kept seeing on different (Bariatric) Facebook Groups. Since there were so many questions about cost, recovery, requirements, and more (!), I decided to record a webinar presentation specifically on the Tummy Tuck procedure. When I finished the presentation, I thought…”Wow- this is essentially an exact version of the consultation appointments I give to my patients in my Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery clinic!” Rather than showing up at your Plastic Surgery appointment (>$100 in the hole), come prepared with everything you need to know about the Tummy Tuck procedure.

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    DISCLAIMER: all content and media provided by The Healthy Habiteer, LLC is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.  Always speak with your medical provider for diagnosis and treatment plans. The medical provider you see may have different procedures, policies, guidelines, and recommendations for your peri-operative care.  Always follow their recommendations and expertise.

    What Is The Tummy Tuck Procedure?

    The Tummy Tuck procedure typically refers to removal of extra skin and fat on the belly, while tightening your stomach muscles to give you a smoother, firmer look to your abdomen.

    This procedure is referred to as an “abdominoplasty” however there are also other kinds of abdominal surgeries for loose skin and soft tissue such as “panniculectomy, “fleur-de-lis,” and others.

    What Is The Cost Of The Surgery?

    One of the biggest questions about the Tummy Tuck surgery is how much it will cost and whether insurance will cover the surgery or not.

    According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of an abdominoplasty in 2019 was ~$6,000.

    However, this does not include a significant amount of other fees!

    Insurance will only cover some of the surgeries, and have specific requirements on what will and won’t be covered.

    With my Tummy Tuck Talk, I go into all of the details around cost, insurance coverage, and which procedures are typically covered by insurance and which ones aren’t.

    I also touch upon how to get the “best bang for you buck” in case you have interest in having other surgeries done simultaneously.

    What Is The Recovery Like After Surgery?

    Having a tummy tuck is a significant surgery and can be associated with a moderate amount of pain.

    However, with the right expectations, activity restrictions, wound care, medication instructions, and post-operative instructions, you will likely feel 80% better by 6 weeks.

    With that said, there are still significant risks and complications that can occur that are of the utmost importance for you to be aware of.

    Some complications after surgery are life-threatening and require you to monitor for them closely.

    Thankfully, I have outlined all of these considerations in my Tummy Tuck Talk so you can safely prepare yourself for a lower risk procedure and healthier recovery.

    After all, you want to start living a healthier, happier, and more active life (especially with your kiddos!) as soon as you can after surgery- am I right?

    What Are The Requirements Of The Tummy Tuck?

    There is likely nothing more frustrating than spending > $100 as a New Patient going to see a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, only to be told that you don’t yet qualify for surgery.

    Typically, you are recommended to work on a few things and return in a few months for re-assessment.


    That’s another > $100!

    Rather than “waste” >$200 on Plastic Surgery co-pays, my Tummy Tuck Talk goes into the details of:

    1. Knowing if your weight / BMI is where it needs to be before surgery
    2. How far out from weight loss surgery you need to be to have the procedure
    3. What symptoms are worth noting and what treatments you should try ahead of time to increase the likelihood of insurance coverage
    4. How to ensure your medical conditions (ie: Diabetes) are well controlled
    5. Ensuring your nutrition is optimized and closely monitored beforehand
    6. What to expect before, during, and after the procedure

    Can I Have Different Surgeries Done Simultaneously?

    You may be thinking; “Kate- what about the loose skin on my arms and legs? What about my ‘pancake breasts’? Can I have those done at the same time as my Tummy Tuck?”

    My answer is both Yes and No.

    There are certain procedures (at least with my Plastic Surgeon) that we’ll do simultaneously, yet there are some we recommend waiting on until after your Tummy Tuck.

    In my Tummy Tuck Talk, I cover how to get the “best bang for your buck” when looking to have other surgeries performed simultaneously.

    Who Am I And Why Should You Listen To Me?

    If we haven’t officially met yet, allow me to introduce myself:


    My name is Kate Fuss, and I am a Surgical Physician Assistant in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. I also have a background in Bariatric Surgery and have a special place in my heart for my weight loss surgery patients. ๐Ÿ’š

    Aside from my surgical background, I’m a BIG TIME fan of trying to make all things in my life as simple, organized, and thoroughly efficient as possible.

    As a result, I couldn’t help but include a lot of little EXTRAS into my Tummy Tuck Talk, such as:

    • ๐ŸŽ A workbook for you to download, print, and take notes on as you watch the webinar
    • ๐ŸŽ Fun SURPRISE bonuses inside the webinar that will help you SAVE $$ and be as organized as possible before your Plastic Surgery appointment
    • ๐ŸŽ An opportunity for you to stay in touch with me and ask any personal follow-up questions
    • ๐ŸŽ Accountability coaching to help you lose that last bit of weight and kick-start your weight loss journey
    • ๐ŸŽ …. and more!
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  • Reply Alice Carroll December 2020 at 8:11 PM

    You made a good point that I should first be aware of all the fees involved before getting a tummy tuck surgery. I’m planning to get such a surgery soon in order to jump start my weight loss efforts. I’ve been gaining so much weight in the last two years so I’d like to get back in shape fast.

    • Reply Kate Fuss December 2020 at 3:03 PM

      Hi Alice! Thanks for your comment! What are your plans to get back on track?

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