Dr. Alfred Sofer performs tummy tuck surgery (also known as abdominoplasty) in Fairfield, CT, to create an abdominal profile that is smooth and firm by removing excess fat and skin and tightening weakened or separated muscles. It is ideal for patients who have tried to improve their midriff with diet and exercise, but with little or no results. Poor skin tone and excess, sagging skin in the abdomen can result from a number of factors, such as pregnancy, heredity, significant weight fluctuation, and aging.
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Dr. Sofer’s Approach
Dr. Sofer’s technique for tummy tuck surgery is always tailored to the patient’s specific body. In his 15 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon, he has developed nuanced surgical techniques to make scarring much less conspicuous. Incisions are placed extremely low – approximately 7 cm from the vaginal crease within the bikini line – to ensure that scars can be easily hidden behind clothing.
When reshaping the belly button, Dr. Sofer uses a variety of techniques to create an “inny,” which most patients prefer. Muscles are tightened in the midline and aggressive liposuction improves the contour of the lower lateral aspect of the abdomen and the upper abdomen and flanks. A pain pump is inserted to control discomfort for the first 48 hours after surgery and reduce the amount of pain medication needed.
|Tummy Tuck at-a-Glance|
|Average surgery time: 1 to 2 hours||Recovery: 1 to 2 hours post-surgery|
|Anesthesia: General||Pain medication: 3 days|
|Facility: Accredited surgical facility or hospital||Resume daily activities: 7 to 10 days|
|Surgical technique: Custom||Resume exercise: 4 to 6 weeks|
Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery
Like most procedures, tummy tuck surgery is billed as a 1-time fee that includes everything from start to finish. The associated costs may include:
- A 1-hour consultation with the doctor and nurses
- A 1 to 2 hour preoperative appointment. In this appointment, paperwork is reviewed and information is gathered regarding medications and follow-up appointments.
- Operating fees for the surgeon, staff, operating room, equipment, and anesthesia
- The cost of follow-up visits. There are typically 3 to 6 visits, which are about 15 to 30 minutes each.
- A fee for post-operative photos; (if garments are used, they may or may not be included in the total charge)
- A 24-hour on-call surgeon who will factor into your total cost
Certain factors influence fees and pricing among plastic surgery practices, including:
- Geography (where you live/cost of living)
- Surgical time (this varies based on the complexity of your surgery)
- The skill of your doctor
Plastic Surgery Center of Fairfield is committed to making your experience positive and enjoyable. That’s we are pleased to offer convenient financing with CareCredit®. You can also earn points for future rewards on your next treatment.
FAQs About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Will I have a scar?
Scarring is an unavoidable tradeoff for having a flatter, firmer stomach after tummy tuck surgery. However, Dr. Sofer uses special surgical techniques to place your scar low enough to be hidden under most bikinis or undergarments. Medical spa treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation can also be used to help improve the appearance of scars.
How much weight can I lose from tummy tuck surgery?
The primary cosmetic benefit of a tummy tuck is the improved shape and contour of the abdomen, not weight loss. However, some patients do lose weight, and the total weight loss will depend on the amount of skin and fat removed.
Can a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?
Yes, tummy tuck surgery can remove stretch marks in some cases. Whether or not stretch marks can be removed will depend on their placement and the degree of skin excision performed.
Is a tummy tuck included in a Mommy Makeover?
Yes, a tummy tuck can be included as part of a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Sofer commonly performs tummy tuck surgery in conjunction with breast augmentation and breast lift.
Can I have a baby after my tummy tuck?
While it may be technically safe to become pregnant after you have fully recovered from a tummy tuck, pregnancy can compromise your results. Dr. Sofer recommends waiting until you are finished having children before having surgery for the longest-lasting benefits.
How long do tummy tuck results last?
As long as you maintain your weight, your results can last indefinitely.