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can you tell me about a tummy tuck?

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Dr. Khashayar Mohebali
Plastic Surgery 17 years experience
Helps in many ways: A 'tummy tuck' or abdominoplasty is designed to help in multiple ways. It allows for removal of excess skin and fat of the lower abdominal area, give more definition of the waste, and allow for for repair of the '6 pack' muscles that have seperated over time. In consultation, your doctor can show you how all those are done and the usual incision location (bikini line incision).
Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery 37 years experience
Tummy Tuck: Weight loss, pregnancy and genetics are all factors that can cause the tummy to develop loose, sagging skin and a bulging appearance. The tummy tuck procedure removes excess loose skin, creates a slimmer waist, and tightens underlying abdominal muscles.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
#1: in customer satisfaction; of all procedures. Pain is very manageable and short- lived. Scar is very acceptable. Life-changing!
Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery 36 years experience
TT Candidate: Patients who are healthy but have EXCESS SKIN OR FAT that does not respond to diet and exercise. Patients who have undergone SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT LOSS and have hanging skin. Women with loose skin and stretch marks FOLLOWING PREGNANCY. Anyone with LOSS OF SKIN ELASTICITY. Patients who are unable to tighten the abdominal wall with exercise.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Do you need help from a family member or friend after a tummy tuck?

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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Yes, you must have someone with you for the first 24 hours following surgery or we can not perform the surgery. If you do not have a family member, most plastic surgeons can provide a list of nursing services who can be hired to stay with you. Additionally, it is best to have someone with you for several days if possible.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does a tummy tuck last?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: A tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal wall under the skin. If a patient does not get pregnant again or does not gain a lot of weight after the surgery, it should last many (20+) years.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a tummy tuck to heal?

9 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
A few weeks: The initial healing phase takes about 3 weeks. However, healing continues for several weeks after that and the scar will continue to mature for many months.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the risks or potential complications of getting a tummy tuck?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: The risks of any surgery depend on your overall health. If you are healthy the risks include, but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, poor scarring, partial skin loss, a blood clot in your leg which could travel to your lungs, & even death. As it is very important to understand the risks, i recommend talking to a board certified plastic surgeon to understand what your individual risks are.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about getting a tummy tuck?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Hess
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Tummy tuck: Tummy tuck is best reserved for women who are finished child bearing and have no hernias. It has one of the highest of satisfaction rates in plastic surgery. A transverse incision is created above the pubis and around the navel. The skin is lifted to the costal (rib margin). The fascia is tightened firming the muscles. The excess skin and fat are excised. Often lipo is additionally administered

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