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what is the criteria that you need to have to have a tummy tuck?

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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
Several: Abdominoplasty is performed on people who are within a normal weight range for their height, have drooping excess abdominal skin, and they may also have splaying apart of the rectus abdominis muscles. Additionally, there should be no medical contraindication to performing the surgery.
Answered on Jun 27, 2013
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Dr. Barry Press
43 years experience Plastic Surgery
Several: 1. You should be done having children. 2. You have excess abdominal skin and fat that cannot be lost with diet and exercise 3. You have a "postpartum potbelly" because of separation of the rectus muscles and abdominal wall laxity 4. You are within 10-15 lbs of your target weight 5. You are otherwise healthy 6. You can afford the procedure (not covered by insurance.) good luck!
Answered on Oct 6, 2012
Dr. John Di Saia
30 years experience Plastic Surgery
Tummy Tuck: Tummy tuck surgery is best if: (1) you have completed childbearing. (2) you have loose and.Or hanging skin and fat along the lower abdomen. (3) you have loosened abdominal musculature along the rectus abdominus muscle (diastasis recti.) (4) you are in good health and have stabilized your weight.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
43 years experience Plastic Surgery
Loose tissues: The two ways to contour the tummy is with liposuction, which removes excessive fat or with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty which removes the excess skin, fat and will snug up the muscles. A good exam and consultation by a plastic surgeon will determine which route is best for you.
Answered on Dec 17, 2014
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Dr. David Dreyfuss
36 years experience Plastic Surgery
Lax Skin and Muscle: To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck you need laxity of the skin and muscles of the abdomen. It is helpful if you are close to you ideal body weight to get the best results. A plastic surgeon can let you know if liposuction or a modified tummy tuck may be needed in addition or instead of a traditional abdominoplasty.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Joseph Mele
31 years experience Plastic Surgery
Tummy Tucks (witch hazel): Tummy tucks (witch hazel) correct loose skin, lax abdominal muscles and fat in the lower abdomen. Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are best when you are healthy, are through having children and have a stable weight. The closer to your ideal weight the better. The best way to see if you are a candidate is to see a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for a consultation.
Answered on Mar 29, 2013
Dr. Payman Danielpour
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
Laxity : The criteria needed for tummy tuck are the following: abdominal skin laxity meaning extra skin or loose skin that cannot be tightened by means of exercise and a rectus diastases which is loosening or spreading of the midline abdominal muscles due to pregnancy. Both can be remedied at the same time with the tummy tuck procedure.
Answered on Jun 20, 2015
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Dr. Jeremy White
15 years experience Plastic Surgery
Loose belly skin: Loose abdominal skin can be removed with a tummy tuck procedure. Seek consultation with a plastic surgeon.
Answered on Mar 17, 2014
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Dr. Leonard Grossman
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
See beliw: One of two or both must be met. First: loose abdominal skin. Second: weakened or loose abdominal muscles. Goos luck from nyc.
Answered on Sep 2, 2013
Dr. Daniel Careaga
17 years experience Plastic Surgery
Several things: The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is a person who meets the following criteria: 1) good overall health 2) at their ideal stable body weight 3) has completed childbearing 4) has loose skin, or muscle stretch as a result of pregnancy or weight changes 5) does not smoke 6) is willing to commit to the lifestyle changes to maintain their new shape 7) has family support to assist with recovery.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Patrick Schaner
22 years experience Plastic Surgery
Laxity: Designed to address abdominal wall and skin laxity. The ideal patient will have loose skin with focal adiposity, rectus diastasis and be a non-smoker who is healthy enough to tolerate the procedure.
Answered on May 2, 2015
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
history & physical: Your plastic surgeon will take a detailed history and perform a physical exam. With this information they will determine whether or not you are a candidate for a tummy tuck. In general patients in good health, with an area of excess redundant abdominal tissue are candidates for tummy tuck surgery.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. Alex Lechtman
29 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes..: I'm told by my patients that it's similar to a c section.
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Varies: Tummy tuck cost will vary by geographic location. The price ranges between $6500-$10000 depending on the extent of the tummy tuck.
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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.
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Safe procedure: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are generally safe procedures in healthy patients. Risks include bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, swelling, and b ... Read More

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