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Bodybuilding After A Tummy Tuck
How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?
I perform a significant number of tummy tucks (witch hazel) each year for my young mothers and feel that this is a great procedure when done by a qualified plastic surgeon with experience in this area.
I generally recommend waiting a few months following a c-section so that soft tissue swelling has gone done and your hormones have returned to a more natural state. ...Read more
Can a tummy tuck help a post-pregnancy belly? I recently gave birth to twin girls. Right now, I am five months postpartum, but none of the exercises that I am doing are helping get rid of my saggy belly skin. Can tummy tucks actually get rid of all this e
Yes: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) or adominoplasty is great at rejuvenating the post oartum abdomen. This procedure will realign your rectis muscles in the midline limiting the diastasis typically created by your pregnancy as well as remove excess skin laxity and unsitely stretch marks. Remember, however, if you plan to having more children this will typically recur. ...Read more
If you could before:
There is an old joke about a patient asking if they can play piano after surgery and the surgeon answers "yes" but the patient says: "good, cuz I couldn't play before"
if you camera heels before you should be able to wear heels after when you are sufficiently healed. ...Read more
Everyone varies: 5 percent of my patients will tell me it was the worst experience of their lives and took weeks to recover and 5 percent will say they were dancing the next night. 90 percent are somewhere in between. Since we don't cut muscles it usually hurts less than common operations like c-sections which do. Desk jobs can usually be back in one week but no sit-ups for 6 weeks. Strenuous jobs take longer. ...Read more
Dispose or other use: In the vast majority of instances the tissues are discarded as medical waste and incinerated. On occasion the tissues may be used in the same individual as a pedicled flap as seen in the tram flap procedure for breast reconstruction. The component tissues can be used as a skin graft or the fat can be harvested and used for breast or buttock augmentation. ...Read more
Variable: It may take up to a year or more for the feeling to return after a tummy tuck. ...Read more
Are drains used after a tummy tuck? Are drains used after a tummy tuck, and if so, for how long? .
How bad will the scarring be after a tummy tuck? Will I have visible scarring after a tummy tuck? Where is it located? .
Depends: More on your particular skin physiology than anything else. Any ASPS or ASAPS plastic surgeon will give it the best chance to look good by one of the proper techniques. Usually it is hidden by underwear/ bikini and you can have a say in its exact placement. Scars never really disappear but are often cannily-enough placed to not be a problem. Usually similar top C-section scar, but longer. ...Read more
Depends...: If you are talking about traveling to a remote area (without access to good health care,) I would wait a month or two until you are in less potential need of it. ...Read more
Yes: I think it is a good idea to have someone stay with you for the first 2-3 days - you will be mobile but it's a good idea to have someone help if you need it. ...Read more
The boated feeling following a tummy is usually the result of several things:
1. Tightening of the abdominal wall (which then makes any bloating more noticeable)
2. Side effects of medications given around the time of surgery
3. Hormonal changes associated with the trauma of the surgery itself.
The good news is that most bloating resolves quickly and has no untoward effects on your result. ...Read more
Can I climb stairs after a tummy tuck? How soon after a tummy tuck will I be able to climb the stairs to my house? .
Today most plastic surgeons encourage early ambulation with the tummy tuck procedure. We ceratinly advise our patients to walk around the house upon discharge and if they desire, they may go up and down stairs (with assistance initially) cautiously and slowly.
It is important to limit the actual abdominal muscle activity after this surgery for at least several days and sleeping in a recliner (easy to get in and out of) is recommended to our patients. ...Read more
Will my belly button look different after a tummy tuck? Does a tummy tuck involve moving the belly button, and will it look different after the surgery? .
Yes it will: However many times it will look better... ...Read more
How long does it take to recover after a tummy tuck? I'm going on vacation this summer, but want to have my tummy tuck before I wear a bikini. Will I have time to have the procedure before my vacation? Will there be visible swelling or bruising for more t
Tummy recovery: Expect 2 - 3 months before enough swelling has gone down before your feel comfortable at the beach. Make sure you discuss with your surgeon the placement of the scar. I encourage my patients to bring me what swimwear they want to wear after their surgery so I can mark it on their body to keep the scar hidden under that level. ...Read more
Can a tummy tuck cause deep vein thrombosis? I've been told that deep vein thrombosis can happen during or after a tummy tuck. Is this true, and if so, why? How is it prevented? .
The tummy tuck itself does not cause the clot but the stasis (lack of movement) associated with being still under general anesthesia or in the post-operative period.
To minimize this using foot pumps during surgery with compression stocking as well as encouraging movement after surgery is prescribed. Blood thinners may be used for high risk patients but not typically advised. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Depends…: What operation, if any, will help you achieve your goals will depend on your physical examinations and your personal goals. Best to seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss the your concerns, goals, options, as well as pros/cons/risks/complications associated with each option. Best wishes. ...Read more
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Any surgery has benefits and potential risks.
Having a contoured abdomen that allows you to fit into clothing and wear a greater variety of clothing is a benefit. The lower abdomen scar may widen or thicken. Likewise, all surgery carry the potential risk of bleeding and infection. If you are in good health and you have loose tissues of the belly then a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is best. ...Read more
Usually...: The majority of complications that may occur with tummy tuck surgery occur within the first 2 weeks. These may include deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, infection, bleeding, and even death. Other types of complications such as superficial incision line healing problems (wound healing problems) may occur during the first 2 months after the procedure is performed. ...Read more