Chicago Abdominoplasty FAQs
What is an abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty Chicago is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an
abdomen that is smoother and firmer. The most common causes of excessive skin and sagginess include: Pregnancy, Aging, Significant fluctuations in weight, Heredity and Prior surgery. An abdominoplasty generally takes between 3 to 4 hours of operative time.
It should be noted that an abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Also an abdominoplasty cannot correct stretch marks that are not located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
Who is a good candidate for an abdominoplasty?
The best candidates for a Chicago abdominoplasty are persons who are at a stable weight, are physically healthy and do not smoke. Abdominoplasty surgery is not for someone who constantly fluctuates in their weight or is considering getting pregnant.
How do you prepare for an abdominoplasty?
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to refrain from smoking, avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. You may also be asked to get lab testing or a medical evaluation and take certain medications or adjust your current medications.
Special preoperative and post-operative instructions will be provided to patients prior to their surgery with detailed instruction as to what to do the day before the surgery, the day of surgery, and the days following the surgery.
It is recommended that patient allow 2 weeks after the surgery to heal before returning to work or any type of strenuous activity.
How much does an abdominoplasty cost?
The cost of an abdominoplasty ranges between $8,500 – $12,000. The cost of the surgery depends on whether one is having a full abdominoplasty or a mini-abdominoplasty. It also is dependent on the size of the area to be excised. Patients vary in severity of excess skin and sagginess. The price of an abdominoplasty includes the surgeons’ fee, the facility fee, anesthesia fee, post-surgery garments and postoperative office visits.