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An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is often viewed as a purely cosmetic procedure that can help you slim your waistline. While it is true that the surgery can give you a shapelier figure, the procedure can also be an opportunity to address certain medical conditions.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Hunsicker is skilled and experienced in body contouring procedures. She understands that every patient is unique, and she is very thorough in gathering the information she needs to make quality medical and aesthetic recommendations for you. With this foundation, Dr. Hunsicker delivers a high level of care and beautiful results.
Can a Tummy Tuck Help my Umbilical Hernia?
Umbilical hernia repair can be done with a tummy tuck procedure to achieve a more aesthetic midsection. An umbilical hernia may be congenital or may develop in adulthood as a result of multiple pregnancies, obesity, or other medical conditions. Generally, umbilical hernias in adults are the result of a weak abdominal wall, which can be tightened in a tummy tuck procedure.
Umbilical hernias appear as a bulge near your belly button. You may experience discomfort and pressure in your abdomen, and you may be self-conscious about the appearance of the hernia.
If you have additional concerns about your midsection, a tummy tuck procedure may be a good solution to both repair your umbilical hernia and address issues such as:
- Loose, sagging skin – Pregnancy and weight fluctuations can cause skin to lose elasticity. Skin folds can rub together and get irritated, and it can be difficult to look and feel your best in form-fitting clothes or beach wear.
- Diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) – This condition can occur as a result of pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations. When the abdominal muscles are stretched or torn, your stomach will protrude. Dr. Hunsicker can tighten and repair these muscles to firm and flatten your abdominal area.
- Excess fat – A tummy tuck procedure allows Dr. Hunsicker to remove stubborn fat from your abdominal area to slim your waistline.
Combining a Tummy Tuck with Umbilical Hernia Repair
If Dr. Hunsicker finds an umbilical hernia during your exam, she will refer you to a general surgeon to determine if it can be repaired during your tummy tuck procedure. If your general surgeon finds that it is safe to combine the procedures, he or she will will be present at your tummy tuck surgery to perform the hernia repair.
The combined procedure begins with the tummy tuck incision, which is made around the navel and extends from hip to hip. The general surgeon will place the herniated tissue or organ behind the abdominal wall to repair the hernia. Dr. Hunsicker will tighten the weak or damaged abdominal muscles. She will also remove excess skin and fat and then place the skin and tissue to create a smoother, firmer abdomen. The final step is to close the incision.
Will Insurance Cover my Hernia Surgery and Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty is generally not covered by insurance. We offer several financing options, including a deferred interest plan, so you can select a payment method that works for you.
Your insurance may cover your hernia repair if it is medically necessary. The general surgeon’s office can assist in determining coverage for this procedure.
Call Us to Schedule your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Littleton
Dr. Hunsicker and the team at Revalla Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics are passionate about exceeding each patient’s expectations and providing unrivaled care from your initial consultation, through your full recovery.
If you are considering a tummy tuck with umbilical hernia repair, please call us at 720-283-2500 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hunsicker.