The incision is similar to that of a C-Section however, depending on the extent of tissue that is removed, the incision can range in size with a hip to hip incision being the longest. Usually for women that have already had a C-Section, the previous c-section marking can be used for the abdominoplasty incision as well to prevent additional scarring. A scar resulting from an abdominoplasty can easily be hidden under a panty or bikini line as well as for men, hidden under briefs or shorts. With proper post-operative care a scar from a previous abdominoplasty incision can be thin, even and unnoticeable in many outfits and swimwear.
The patient has multiple financing options. For example, the patient can pay for the surgery on credit card, and make monthly payments back to their credit card. Additionally, CareCredit is a financing company specific for cosmetic surgery; patients can apply for CareCredit, and there are multiple options for CareCredit. Sometimes, patients opt to make payments directly to the office. This is a prepayment plan where a patient would pay until he or she pays the entire balance for the surgery; then, they would have their surgery.
Prior to closing the incision, Dr. Bandy may insert a drain to allow blood and other liquids to flow out of the wound rather than accumulate under the skin. This drain is kept in place for 1-2 weeks until the amount of fluid that your body expels is at a minimal amount. . Dr. Bandy also offers the option to use TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive, which to can eliminate the need for drains in most abdominoplasty patients . This will ensure that fluid is not built up and collected beneath your skin which could lead to possible post-operative complications. With every patient’s needs differing, each patient will experience different recoveries. Patients that have had a mini or full tummy tuck requiring no abdominal muscle repair will experience some discomfort on the area of incision. Recovery for patients receiving an abdominal repair will be a slightly longer more uncomfortable recovery and will feel a soreness up the middle of their stomachs ending directly underneath the patient’s sternum.
We do have a post operative recovery facility that we refer our patients to in Orange County, CA and Los Angeles, CA. In these situations, they will be picked up by the post operative care facility from our recovery room and brought to the recovery center where they are recovered overnight, and then brought back the next day for their follow up appointment.