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Tummy Tuck FAQ
What is tummy tuck SURGERY?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the following:
“Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.”
What is a tummy tuck consultation like?
During your consultation your abdomen will be examined while you are standing as well as lying down. Your skin tone and the degree of loose skin in the abdominal region will be assessed. The amount of excess fat in your abdomen as well as the condition of your abdominal muscles may be examined as well. I may take measurements and photographs for your medical chart. We will discuss your expectations and desired look.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for this procedure?
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy patients with an excess of fat and skin in the lower abdomen. Women who have experienced one or more pregnancy are often good candidates for this procedure. The best way to determine if this is the best way to achieve your desired look is to schedule a consultation.
How long should I expect for tummy tuck recovery time? What will recovery be like?
Recovery time from tummy tuck varies from person to person. Those who have sedentary jobs may find they are ready to return to work about a week after abdominoplasty. However, those with more physical jobs will probably require at least two to three weeks before returning to work.
How long will results last?
Assuming no significant weight change or pregnancy, your tummy tuck should last many years.
Do I need to be a certain weight or BMI for a tummy tuck?
Many patients opt for a tummy tuck after they have achieved significant weight loss or after a pregnancy. If you are a patient who is still on a weight loss journey we can discuss during your consultation the best timeline for a tummy tuck. Ideally abdominoplasty will have greater success on a patient who is within 15% to 20% of their goal weight.
How soon after I gave birth can I have a tummy tuck?
After giving birth, the body requires 3-6 months to “return to normal”. This is the perfect time to call for a consultation so we can discuss your desired look. It’s also better, when recovering from your tummy tuck, if you’re not still caring for a newborn. Initial recovery from a tummy tuck takes only a week or two, but you need some more downtime to recover properly.
What should I do to prepare for this procedure?
We will provide detailed instructions unique to each patient. We do ask patients to stop smoking in the weeks before and after, and stop taking blood thinning medications prior to the procedure.
What should I wear to the procedure?
Dress in something easy to get in and out of. Do not wear any lotions or creams.
Do I need someone to drive me to and from the appointment?
What foods/ drinks (if any) should I avoid?
Stop drinking alcohol a week before your procedure.
Will I be awake during procedure?
How long does the procedure take?
Each case is different, but on average the procedure takes 3 hours.
When do I return to the office for a check up?
This will be specific to each patient. Typically we see patients two days after a procedure and then weekly after that.
When will I see results?
You will see some results immediately, but, as with all surgery, there may be swelling. Be prepared for this swelling to take up to a year to subside.
Do I need to wear special undergarments after the tuck?
After the tummy tuck procedure we will provide you with special compression garments that will aid your healing process. Individual instructions will be given to you.
Will I be able to hold my children after the tuck?
Yes, but with caution as you are healing. We will go over weight limits with you during your consultation and as your prepare for the procedure so that you know exactly what the limits are within your family.
Is a tummy tuck weight loss surgery?
Many patients have a tummy tuck to remove the excess skin from weight loss. The weight of the skin is what is removed. This should not be considered a weight loss surgery.