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Tummy Tuck - FAQ

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck - also known by its medical term abdominoplasty "“ is the surgical process of removing excessive fat and skin from a patient's lower and middle abdomen. A tummy tuck is also used to tighten the abdominal wall muscles . This body contouring procedure is an excellent way to rid oneself of stubborn fat in the mid section that does not respond to diet and exercise.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

Because a tummy tuck extracts fat tissue and sagging skin, the procedure can produce a dramatically flatter and firm stomach and a slimmer waistline . This is one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures available. Most patients are satisfied with the results of a tummy tuck and report a stronger self-image.

Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck candidates are healthy men and women with realistic expectations about this procedure. Ideally, a tummy tuck patient will be within his or her desired weight but wishes to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in the mid section .

How is a tummy tuck performed?

During tummy tuck surgery, incisions are made along the abdomen above the pubic bones. The skin is then lifted and the abdomen muscles are pulled, tightened and stitched into a new, firmer position . Excess fat may be excised manually or via liposuction. The skin is stretch into place and sutured.

How long does tummy tuck surgery take?

Normally, a tummy tuck surgery will take between two to four hours . However, the exact time of the tummy tuck procedure will depend on the type of tummy tuck performed. A mini tummy tuck "“ or partial abdominoplasty "“ will require less time than a normal tummy tuck.

Is anesthesia used during the tummy tuck procedure? Yes,

the surgeon will provide the patient with choices of anesthesia "“ administered by IV or gas "“ prior to the tummy tuck surgery. The choices will be discussed in detail with your tummy tuck surgeon beforehand.

Are there risks and complications to a tummy tuck?

As with any major surgery, there are some risks associated with tummy tuck surgery. Though rare tummy tuck surgery poses the risk of blood clots, infection and noticeably lose areas of skin following tummy tuck surgery. Poor healing could potentially lead to a second tummy tuck operation. To avoid further possible complications any plans of future weight loss or pregnancy should be discussed before the tummy tuck procedure. A competent and qualified surgeon will do everything to mitigate the risk of tummy tuck side effects.

What should I expect after the operation?

The healing process after a tummy tuck can span two to four weeks . Additionally, the tummy tuck patient will be unable to stand upright for the first week following the procedure. It is important for tummy tuck patients to have a dependable friend or family member aid him or her during the initial week.

Will I have a scar after the tummy tuck?

Scarring is inevitable . The tummy tuck procedure will produce a permanent scar at the site of incision. The size of the scar will depend on the procedure chosen.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The average cost of a tummy tuck can be between three to five thousand dollars . Prices vary by surgeon and often operating room, aesthesia and additional costs are extra.

How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?

The results of this procedure are permanent with proper diet and exercise. However, significant weight loss or gain, pregnancy and age many adversely effect your surgical results. After several years, a second tummy tuck can be performed to restore originally satisfying results.