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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are tummy tucks (witch hazel) painful?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes..: I'm told by my patients that it's similar to a c section.
Dr. Joseph Minniti
Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Not necessarily: Tummy tuck surgery usually involves sewing up the muscles, flattening the abdominal wall, and this is the most painful part. Many surgeons use a post operative anesthetic pump that bathes the muscle with numbing medicine, making the discomfort after surgery much less. The pump is empty at 3 days, but the numbing effect lasts for the duration of recovery.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes but Varies: Generally speaking, most tummy tuck operations involve “repair” of the abdominal wall muscles that may have spread with pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss. Because of this “muscle work”, these operations tend to be quite uncomfortable for the first few days. Occasionally, patients do not require muscle plication; these patients tend to have less discomfort postoperatively. I hope this helps.
Dr. Andres Taleisnik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Moderately painful : Any surgery that involves cutting or sewing muscle tends to be somewhat painful. Most tummy tucks (witch hazel) will also include muscle tightening. Patients generally manage the pain quite well with a medication such as vicodin. I've never had a patient tell me that the pain was so significant that she regrets having the surgery.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Not very: with the use of newer pain management options placed at the time of surgery. That said people vary tremendously with respect to their perception of pain. Either way the worst is over after 2 days usually and pain shouldn't factor into the decision for or against a procedure choice because it goes away.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the dangers of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Safe procedure: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are generally safe procedures in healthy patients. Risks include bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, swelling, and bruising. Major complications are rare.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Do tummy tucks (witch hazel) have to be costly?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Costly: Depend on what you think is costly. Depends also on the benefit you get from the surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How much does tummy tucks (witch hazel) cost?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Varies: Tummy tuck cost will vary by geographic location. The price ranges between $6500-$10000 depending on the extent of the tummy tuck.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How many tummy tucks (witch hazel) can a woman have?

6 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Many: You can have revisional tummy tucks (witch hazel). But if it didnt go right the first two times why get another. There is a point of diminishing returns.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How much do tummy tucks (witch hazel) usually hurt?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Moderate pain: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are painful mainly because the abdominal muscles are repaired. Pain is usually well controlled with medications. Count on a 2 week period for recovery.

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