Patient Care Coordinator
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Please contact our office at 256-571-VIPS (8477) and any of our team members will be happy to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
Yes. There is a $100 consultation fee that can be applied to the cost of your tummy tuck.
Dr. Vinyard values the time spent in consultation with each patient and the communication that occurs during your visit here. You can expect that he will spend quite a bit of time with you himself. Initially, you will be greeted with a smile by our receptionist who will offer you something to drink and provide you with the necessary paperwork to complete. You can now enter your own demographic information and medical health history at the convenience of your own home through our state-of-the-art SAFE Internet-based Patient Portal on our website.Then, you will be escorted upstairs to our new patient floor and into a consultation room. Once there, you will be oriented about your visit with us and escorted to the professional photography suite. There, you will have 2-D and 3-D photos taken. Next, our nurse or patient care coordinator will take your detailed health history. Once she has conveyed this information to Dr. Vinyard, he will then begin the consultation which will consist of an analysis and conversation about your abdomen, a physical exam, and commence with a detailed discussion of your options. In some cases, we can simulate the surgical outcome abdominoplasty. Lastly, you will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your abdominoplasty quote to you. This quote is designed based on the plan that you and Dr. Vinyard have decided upon together.
Please allow 1 – 1 ½ hours with Dr. Vinyard to discuss your concerns and the abdominoplasty procedure. This is time that you dedicate to yourself and the beginning of your journey with us.
Dr. Vinyard will perform your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in his state-of-the-art Cosmetic Surgery Center in Guntersville, Alabama. In addition, he also has hospital privileges at both Marshall Medical Center North near Arab, Alabama and Marshall Medical Center South located in Boaz, Alabama. Therefore, you may choose the location where you would feel the most comfortable.
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) requires general anesthesia.
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) takes 3- 4 hours to perform.
Yes. An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is frequently performed with a breast procedure such as breast augmentation or liposuction of the flanks and/or hips.
Yes. Dr. Vinyard recommends that you stay in a local hotel after your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with our Plastic Surgery Sitter. Dr. Vinyard will come to visit you that evening and again in the morning after your surgery before you check out.
Dr. Vinyard recommends that you stay in a local hotel after your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with our Plastic Surgery Sitter. Dr. Vinyard will come to visit you that evening and again in the morning after your surgery before you check out.
You will be able to return to sedentary work and light household chores 2 weeks after your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). You will need to continue to avoid heavy lifting and repetitive tasks for 4 -6 weeks. You may return to the majority of all of your normal activities at 6 weeks.
Bruising can persist for up to 3 weeks after an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), but is easily concealed under your clothing.
The majority of the swelling is gone in 6 weeks after your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), but you may experience exacerbations of swelling if you do too much too quickly. We take your 1st official "post-op" photos at 3 months after your abdominoplasty.
You will be very close to your final result 3 months after your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). You will continue to experience softening of the tissues throughout the 1st year and your scars will continue to improve for up to 2 years.f
You will see Dr. Vinyard the morning after your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year.
The cost of your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) depends upon the extent of the procedure necessary to achieve your goal. You will be provided with a written quote once you have finished your consultation with Dr. Vinyard.
The cost of your abdominoplasty includes Dr. Vinyard's professional fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, and surgical garment. Dr. Vinyard's professional fee includes the initial consultation, pre-operative visit and all post-operative visits associated with your abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
Since an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is considered cosmetic, thetotal cost of your abdominoplasty is due 2 weeks prior to your procedure. The initial 50% is due 1 month prior to your abdominoplasty.
No. An abdominoplasty is considered an elective cosmetic procedure. In cases of severe excess lower abdominal skin that is causing medical problems, a panniculectomy (the excision of the excess redundant skin only) may meet medical criteria for coverage. This does not include the repair of the abdominal musculature, transposition of the belly button or elevation of the tissue to perform the repair. If a pre-authorization from your insurance carrier is obtained for the panniculectomy, then we can provide you with a quote for the remainder of an abdominoplasty procedure (repair of the abdominal musculature, transposition of the belly button and elevation of the excess loose abdominal skin above the belly button) separately.
Our practice participates with Care Credit although we do not directly finance any procedures. You may also want to research options through your bank of choice. We also accept all major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.