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. If a patient has had a gastric bypass surgery and has sufficient loose skin to interfere with personal hygiene, medical insurance may cover the cost of the tummy tuck. Otherwise, it will be considered a cosmetic operation that the patient must pay for on their own.

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 3 prescriptions: one for antiseptic soap to use before surgery, one for prophylactic antibiotics 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 Kingsport Day Surgery Center or at Indian Path Hospital. His patients are put to sleep for their surgery by an anesthesiologist and a nurse. The operation takes about 2 to 5 hours. Patients should have a responsible adult drive them home from either the surgery center or the hospital. If the patient is to go home on the day of surgery, the surgery will be done at the Kingsport Day Surgery Center. If the patient is to spend the night, the surgery will be done at the hospital. Dr. Bandeian sees his patients on the day after surgery and several times thereafter. He instructs his patients not to drive a car or do any house work for the first 7 days after the surgery. The stitches are left in for about 10–14 days. Most women return to work in about one week. After the first 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. Most patients can return to work in about 7 to 10 days.

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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