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What can i expect with a tummy tuck surgery?

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Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Lower tummy skin: A mini tummy tuck differs from a full tummy tuck ("abdominoplasty") in that the separated muscles ("diastasis") are not repaired as high up, there is not a scar around the belly button, less skin is removed and the length of the scar is not as long. Both require a similar recovery (6 weeks) for full healing of the muscle repair.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Aug 25, 2012
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Varies greatly: There are at least 10 different types of tummy tucks (witch hazel) and the procedure you undergo will have great impact on the extents surgery as well as the recovery. Please see this link for a desription of the four most popular techniques: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=djmer5b5bx4&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Abdominoplasty: An abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove loose, excess skin from the abdominal wall and tighten muscles of the stomach that typically loosen with changes in weight or pregnancy. This is not a substitute for weight loss and is very common to fix a woman's (or man's) "muffin top" or the appearance of the waist after finishing having children.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies....: Tummy tuck surgery caries by technique and how your surgeon applies that technique to you. It is not "one size fits all." this is an issue to discuss with your surgeon beforehand: some do larger or small scale surgery. Some use pain pumps. Some proscribe pressure garments. Some put you in aftercare.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Much: You should expect removal of the “excess” skin and adipose tissue of the lower abdominal wall along with “repair” of the abdominal wall muscles that may have spread with pregnancies and/or weight gain/loss. You should also expect a major recovery period, both from the physical and emotional standpoints.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

I am getting a tummy tuck surgery, what can I expect during the procedure?

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Dr. Andres Katz
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Nothing: You will be asleep under anesthesia during the procedure. For details of abdominoplasty see wikipedia.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How big a surgery is a tummy tuck?

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Dr. Chand Rohatgi
General Surgery 37 years experience
Could be big: It depends on the amount of excess tissue and the build of the patient; generally it is a time consuming surgery and a lot of tissue is exposed and cut and sewn with drains usually left in place after. There is usually a long recovery.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does a tummy tuck surgery take?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
About 2 hours: The surgery itself takes about 2 hours.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is a tummy tuck considered major surgery?

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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Any surgery which is performed under anesthesia should be considered to be 'major surgery'. The procedure takes approximately 4 hours long and the recovery is 2-3 weeks.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you have a tummy tuck and a hysterectomy during the same surgery?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: A tummy tuck and hysterectomy can be performed during the same surgery.
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This is a safe combination.
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