Bristol Plastic Surgery
John Bandeian, MD
Creating a New You

Tummy Tuck

Bristol Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty Surgeon – Dr. Bandeian
Serving Patients in Johnson City, Bristol, Tri-Cities, TN-VA and Kingsport, TN

Tummy tuck total  cost: $7000

A tummy tuck removes loose skin from the abdominal area and removes stretch marks. A tummy tuck will tighten the stomach muscles when necessary. The scars from a tummy tuck are extensive. Patients who are interested in a tummy tuck may call Bristol plastic surgeon Dr. Bandeian’s office for an office consultation. The cost of the consultation is applied to the surgical fee. 

At the initial consultation, Dr. Bandeian listens to his patients’ concerns and then discusses tummy tuck and alternatives in details. Some patients may decide on a liposuction as an alternative to a tummy tuck. Dr. Bandeian will also learn about the patient’s past medical history so the surgery can be done as safely as possible. Patients will be shown before and after pictures of liposuction. During a second consultation Dr. Bandeian will make sure he understands the needs and wishes of his patients. He also answers any questions his patients may have, reviews his surgical technique and completes a physical exam of the patient. Dr. Bandeian gives his Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Tri-Cities, TN-VA and Kingsport tummy tuck patients 4 prescriptions: one for antiseptic soap to use before surgery, one for prophylactic antibiotics, one for nausea, and one for pain medication. Dr. Bandeian gives his patients a choice of different pain medication, including the most powerful pain medication that can be taken by mouth, because he wants his patients to be as comfortable as possible during and after the abdominoplasty procedure.

Dr. Bandeian performs the abdominoplasty procedure either at  Indian Path Hospital. His patients are put to sleep for their surgery by an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist. The operation takes about 4 to 5 hours. The cost of the surgery includes one night stay at the hospital. The day after surgery, patients should have a responsible adult drive them home from  the hospital.  Dr. Bandeian sees his patients several times after the surgery in his office. . He instructs his patients not to drive a car or do any house work for the first 14 days after the surgery. The stitches are left in for about 10–14 days. Most women return to work in about 2 weeks. After the second week, patients can lift up to 10 pounds; thereafter, they can lift 10 additional pounds each week. Swimming, tennis, and upper body aerobics should be avoided until 6 weeks after surgery. A few days after the surgery, Dr. Bandeian will have his patients wear an abdominal binder or a girdle.

In addition to performing body lift surgery in Bristol, TN, Dr. Bandeian also offers surgical treatments for Bristol body lift and liposuction patients.

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