Tummy Tuck

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many women and men strive for through healthy eating and exercise. However, some patients have protruding abdomens or excess fat that, regardless of effort, do not go away. The most common causes of this include heredity, multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, and in many cases repairs weakened or separated abdominal wall muscles. The results of a tummy tuck can be significant and can give a patient more confidence and the ability to wear clothing they could not wear prior to surgery.

Through constant education and training, Dr. de Ramón is able to offer advanced techniques during a tummy tuck. His patients are given Exparel®, a long-acting local anesthetic, which is placed in the surgical area during the procedure. Patients are much more comfortable and require fewer narcotics post-operatively.  This advance has allowed Dr. de Ramón to perform this procedure as an outpatient instead of needing to keep patients in the hospital for pain management. This not only saves patients a significant amount of money, but patients experience less pain and faster recovery. Patients routinely say that they experienced less pain than they were expecting.  Dr. de Ramón can also perform the surgery and position the scar to be below the bikini line in order to camouflage the scar when clothed. He can also perform different surgical approaches based on the individual needs of his patients. A patient who has lost a great deal of weight may require a different approach than a patient who has a bulging abdomen but less excess skin.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Women and men in the Harrisburg, PA region who desire a tighter, firmer abdomen are excellent candidates for a tummy tuck. If you have loose or wrinkled abdominal skin, stretch marks from pregnancy or weight loss, hanging abdominal skin, or diet resistant localized abdominal fat, then you may be a tummy tuck candidate. Patient range in age from early 20s to late 60s. Patients should also be non-smokers. Patients should have a BMI of 30 or less.

What is the recovery like?

Recovery from a tummy tuck generally requires 7-10 days off work and avoidance of strenuous activity. When patients return to work or other activities, they are restricted from heavy weight lifting and aerobic exercise for 4 weeks. Patients have some discomfort post-op which is diminished by the ExparelⓇ and if needed, narcotic pain medication. A compression garment is worn for 4-6 weeks postoperatively to reduce swelling and provide support. Although recovery can be long, patients find the time is worth the outcome.

Dr. de Ramón has a specially trained medical staff to offer personal care throughout the recovery process. Post-op patients are also given his personal cell phone number to contact him in case of problems or questions.

What is the cost of a tummy tuck?

In most cases, a full tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center in the Harrisburg, PA area. The cost of a tummy tuck is between $8400-9200 depending upon the time in the operating room. A mini tummy tuck, which involves removal of skin below the bellybutton can be performed in our in-office surgical suite under local anesthesia and costs between $2800-3500 or at the surgery center under general anesthesia for $4500-5500


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