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Can You Be Overweight To Get 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
Do I need to lose weight before I can have a mini tummy tuck? I’m about 40 lbs. Overweight. Do I need to lose weight before having a mini tummy tuck, or can I get one now? .
Yes: Typically the best candidates for tummy time surgery have a body mass index less than 35. To calculate your body mass index there are a number of online calculators. This number takes into account your height and weight. A 25 pound excess weight is typically not significant enough to preclude surgery. ...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
Very safe: In expert hands this is an hour and a half to two hour operation that gives a very long lasting improvement in the function and appearance of the abdomen. Studies show that many cases of low back pain are markedly improved after repositioning of the rectus abdominis muscles which are typically splayed after pregnancy or weight gain. ...Read more
Good Candidate?: The “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is medically/psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, does not smoke, is capable of arranging enough recovery time and who has reached a long-term stable weight. ...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
Will stretch again: That is why it's best until you've completed having children before proceeding with a tummy tuck unless you don't mind possibly having to repeat it. On occasion, I've done this on young individuals following massive weight loss prior to anticipated child birth. Of several hundred patients, I've had a few who have gone on to become pregnant with no adverse effects other than a diastasis & lax skin. ...Read more
Unlikely: I have not heard of or seen stretch marks resulting from a tummy tuck. However, some of the stretch marks that were present before the tummy tuck may still be there afterwards but in a different location. Most of the time this improves the appearance or makes the marks smaller because much of the involved skin is removed. ...Read more
No: I am sure you are a smart girl. But if you actually knew what was involved in getting a tummy tuck, I believe that you would not undergo this procedure until you are over 18 and done with having children. Others will always find a reason to tease you. Do not feel that you have to change yourself to please others. Surgery will never make you happy in this instance. ...Read more
Comprehensive v fat:
Whereas the abdominoplasty treats all components of the abdominal wall (skin, fat and muscle), liposuction only removes fat and does not address loose skin or separated muscles.
The procedure is generally safe but risks occur with all surgery and may depend on several factors which should be discussed at consultation ...Read more
My stomach is really flabby and I want to get a tummy tuck. What are some things I should know before doing so?
Homework needed: There are many resources available online. Most plastic surgeons, like myself, have information on tummy tucks (witch hazel) available on their web site. This can provide good general information about the procedure, what it fixes, what it doesn't and the usual recovery. However, there is no substitute for an in-person consultation with a quailified surgeon. Research your doctor, more than your procedure. ...Read more
Where is a good place to get a less expensive mini tummy tuck? Are there other countries where I can safely get a very inexpensive mini tummy tuck? .
Cheap can be deadly!: What happens if you get an infection or dead tissue and you're stuck in a foreign country, or even worse, back home and your surgeon is nowhere to be found! Secondary surgery and time off costs way more than getting the correct surgery here, and who says a "mini" is even appropriate for you? The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten! ...Read more
Age is not factor: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are done to repair muscle defects or weakness and to remove lax, excess skin. Age not as important as the skin and patient history. Young people have more elasticity, therefore less excess skin. Following final pregnancy is a common time to begin to think about it. Tucks (witch hazel) are not for weight loss, and are a serious surgical undertaking. ...Read more
See MD first: You should have your real age evaluated and your overall health assessed as well as your candidacy for general anesthesia and preoperative risks. If you are otherwise in good health and can achieve results that meet with your expectations, I do not see any reason why not to proceed. ...Read more
There is none,: Per se. Depends more on past medical history. That said, few ASPS/ASAPS surgeons would do the operation before 21 and done having kids. ...Read more
Skin only: Its best to wait, but if you don't see yourself having kids for several years, you can have a skin only tummy tuck- the muscles are left alone- which makes future pregnancies easier. ...Read more
Are there any less invasive ways to achieve the same results as a tummy tuck? I would love to get a tummy tuck but I am afraid to go through such a drastic procedure. Are there any alternative procedures that achieve similar results as a tummy tuck? .
The first item to discern is to determine if there is extra skin, bulging fat above the muscles, separation of the vertical abdominal muscles or fat within the deeper cavity that is pushing outward. Once that is established then the proper procedure can be selected for you.
If only localized fat in the front and sides of the abdomen then liposuction can give be used to sculpt these areas. Otherwise the abdominal muscles need to be tightened with removal and contouring of the skin & fat.
A complete evaluation will choose the procedure that is optimal for you. ...Read more
6 months: Returning close to a pre-pregnancy and maintainable weight is important before undergoing a tummy tuck. Some women bounce back quickly in this area after a pregnancy and others take longer. My average weighting period is six months after birth but this is a general guideline only. Good luck with the new baby! ...Read more
Possibly: There are many variables involved when it comes to the appearance of the abdominal wall women will “achieve” after pregnancy. Generally, it is possible to achieve a flat abdominal wall without surgery for some patients; for others, despite best efforts, issues such as abdominal wall laxity and/or loss of skin elasticity, do not allow for ideal aesthetics without tummy tuck surgery. ...Read more
Very Different: Best to be seen in consultation to determine which of these operations, if any, you may be a good candidate for. Each operation is quite different when it comes to indications, “invasiveness”, scarring, potential results, as well as a potential risk/complications associated with the procedures. Do your homework and be very careful with selection of plastic surgeon. ...Read more
General Best: The tummy tuck operation is a major operation best done under general anesthesia in my opinion. ...Read more
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