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How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

It depends: 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

Dr. Otto Placik
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Tummy Tuck (Definition)

A tummy tuck involves enhancing the appearance of the abdomen. In order to provide the best results there is skin resection, liposuction and muscle tightening ...Read more


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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? .

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? .

If: If you are planning to lose 40 pounds, it is best to do so before having a tummy tuck, even a mini tummy tuck. This will enhance your results and could potentially make your surgery safer. ...Read more

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If you are 25 lbs over weight, can you still get a tummy tuck?

If you are 25 lbs over weight, can you still get a tummy tuck?

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

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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

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

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How dangerous is it to get a tummy tuck?

How dangerous is it to get a tummy tuck?

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

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Why should or shouldn't I get an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?

Why should or shouldn't I get an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?

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

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Is it safe to get a tummy tuck?

Is it safe to get a tummy tuck?

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

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What happens to bany if I get pregnat after tummy tuck?

What happens to bany if I get pregnat after tummy tuck?

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

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Where does the weight go after you get a tummy tuck and lipo?

Where does the weight go after you get a tummy tuck and lipo?

The fat is gone: The fat that's been removed is gone forever. But, if you gain weight - the body will make new fat, which will tend to go to other areas (where there are more untreated fat cells). So, it's best to be good about diet & exercise after any body contouring operation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get stretch marks from having a tummy tuck procedure?

Is it possible to get stretch marks from having a tummy tuck procedure?

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

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I'm teased at school so I was woundering if you can get a tummy tuck at 14?

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

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Should I get a tummy tuck after having a baby? Is that safe? Are there alternatives?

Should I get a tummy tuck after having a baby? Is that safe? Are there alternatives?

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

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My stomach is really flabby and I want to get a tummy tuck. What are some things I should know before doing so?

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

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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? .

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

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How old must you be to get tummy tuck?

How old must you be to get tummy tuck?

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

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Is it possible to get a tummy tuck at the age of 63?

Is it possible to get a tummy tuck at the age of 63?

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

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How can I get health insurance to pay for tummy tuck?

How can I get health insurance to pay for tummy tuck?

Insurance: Health insurance will pay for excision of overhanging skin if it is severe and hangs way down.
Pictures sent to the insurance company may help. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the minimum age to get a tummy tuck?

Help please? What is the minimum age to get a tummy tuck?

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

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Does having a tummy tuck get in the way of having more kids?

Does having a tummy tuck get in the way of having more kids?

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

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Should I get a tummy tuck before or after having another baby?

Should I get a tummy tuck before or after having another baby?

After: Usually I recommend that women be done having children before getting a tummy tuck. Beyond that, I recommend waiting at least 3 months after finishing breast feeding and when your weight has stabilized before any body contouring procedures. ...Read more

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Will I be able to get time off from work to have a tummy tuck?

Hope so: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are major surgical procedures which take time to recover from. The quickest I've seen people get back to work after a full tummy tuck is probably 1 1/2 to 2 wks. The average time out of work is usually 3+ wks. ...Read more

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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? .

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: 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

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Can I get a tummy tuck and have a hernia?

Can I get a tummy tuck and have a hernia?

Hernia repair: An abdominal hernia will need to be repaired if you plan on having a tummy tuck. Some plastic surgeons may be, will performing both procedures by themselves while others may bring a general surgeon to perform the repair. ...Read more

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Can someone withh herpes get a tummy tuck surgery?

Can someone withh herpes get a tummy tuck surgery?

Herpes & Tummy Tuck: Genital herpes should have no effect on your qualification for abdominoplasty. ...Read more

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How do I decide if I should get lipo or a mini tummy tuck?

How do I decide if I should get lipo or a mini tummy tuck?

It depends: Both are body contouring procedures. Liposuction is generally intended for focal areas of adiposity. Tummy tuck addresses both focal adiposity and sagging skin. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait after giving birth to get a tummy tuck?

How long do you have to wait after giving birth to get a tummy tuck?

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

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After having a baby can you get a flat stomach again without a tummy tuck?

After having a baby can you get a flat stomach again without a tummy tuck?

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

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Dangerous to get liposuction? Tummy tucks (witch hazel)? What's the difference?

Dangerous to get liposuction? Tummy tucks (witch hazel)? What's the difference?

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

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Can I get a tummy tuck under local anesthesia are does it have to be done under general?

Can I get a tummy tuck under local anesthesia are does it have to be done under general?

General Best: The tummy tuck operation is a major operation best done under general anesthesia in my opinion. ...Read more

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Every night I get bloated bdomen that will not go away. Will a mini tummy tuck take care of it?

Every night I get bloated bdomen that will not go away. Will a mini tummy tuck take care of it?

Probably not: It is more important to determine the cause of your bloating. Certainly a tummy tuck, standard or mini, can improve the cosmetic aspect, but you should see a gastroenterologist or general surgeon to determine the source of your bloating. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more