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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

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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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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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I am having a very very hard time losing weight and I am thinking about doing a tummy tuck. I weigh 200.2 or up and never dropped. It's been 3 months?

I am having a very very hard time losing weight and I am thinking about doing a tummy tuck. I weigh 200.2 or up and never dropped. It's been 3 months?

See endocrinologist: You should have your thyroid and hormone levels checked. I'll bet you need free t3 (liothyronine) and progesterone, but a careful and thorough work up is needed to see why you can't lose weight. Liposuction or tummy tuck won't work! Honest! ...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 lose weight and exercise can you get rid of the excess abdominal fat called an "apron? " or is a tummy tuck the only permanent solution?

If you lose weight and exercise can you get rid of the excess abdominal fat called an "apron? " or is a tummy tuck the only permanent solution?

Depends.: It depends not on exercise, but more on the elasticity of your skin. If your skin has lost its elasticity, it won't automatically reshape around the smaller layer of fat, and you'd need an abdominoplasty to remove the redundant skin. ...Read more

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Will weight gain after a tummy tuck make my belly button hurt?

Will weight gain after a tummy tuck make my belly button hurt?

Not usually: However if you have gained a significant amount of weight, you may be putting undue stress on your diastasis repair which could be associated with umbilical pain or you may have a hernia. I would discuss with your surgeon, you may need to perform diagnostic imaging. ...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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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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Do you know about tummy tuck waist fat losing belt? Is it good to be used beside exercise?

Do you know about tummy tuck waist fat losing belt? Is it good to be used beside exercise?

Tummy tuck: Tummy tuck, liposuctionof waist area are surgeries done when you have excess hanging skin and fat deposits in the flank areas.
If the skin is taught and nooverhanging then, liposuction may improve the outcome. ...Read more

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Is running a good way to help lose belly fat? I do not plan on getting a tummy tuck so need ways to help with belly fat.

Is running a good way to help lose belly fat? I do not plan on getting a tummy tuck so need ways to help with belly fat.

No local fat control: Unfortunately running will not target localized fat control or loss especially the stomach following pregnancy in which fat is only part of the problem. Separated muscles and lax skin are the real problems followi g pregnancy. Pilates and core strengthening are more likely to produce localized contour improvements. ...Read more

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I'm torn between having a tummy tuck versus the gastric sleeve. Which one will be more beneficial. I weight around 190lbs and 4'11.

I'm torn between having a tummy tuck versus the gastric sleeve. Which one will be more beneficial. I weight around 190lbs and 4'11.

Not equivalent: A gastric sleeve is performed to help curb your appetite and help you lose weight. A tummy tuck is ideally performed on someone who has obtained their ideal weight and has redundant skin and/or a rectus diastasis. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight in weird places after a mini tummy tuck? I’ve heard that liposuction sometimes causes fat to accumulate in weird places on the body. Is this a risk with a mini tummy tuck? .

Will I gain weight in weird places after a mini tummy tuck? I’ve heard that liposuction sometimes causes fat to accumulate in weird places on the body. Is this a risk with a mini tummy tuck? .

No: Removing lower abdominal skin and fat, done by mini tummy tuck does not make the fat go somewhere else. However if you gain weight, you will enlarge body areas that still have fat tissue left: upper abdomen, thighs arms, neck etc. It's not the fat traveling in weird places, it is that your body proportions have changed. ...Read more

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Do I have to wait until I'm all the way to my goal weight for a tummy tuck? I'm about 30 pounds from my goal weight after a large weightloss. Can I get a tummy tuck now, or do I have to get to goal first? .

Do I have to wait until I'm all the way to my goal weight for a tummy tuck? I'm about 30 pounds from my goal weight after a large weightloss. Can I get a tummy tuck now, or do I have to get to goal first? .

You: You can get a tummy tuck now, but why not wait until you reach and maintain your goal. The payoff is that your long-term result is even better because the starting point is your new improved figure, and it just gets better. ...Read more

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Could I lose my double chin after tummy tuck and lipo?

Could I lose my double chin after tummy tuck and lipo?

Skin laxity?: The results of liposuction on your chin/neck will depend on the quality and laxity of your skin and its ability to contract following fat evacuation. If sufficient fat is removed, you may be left with loose or irregular skin. Generally speaking, at 38 years of age, your skin contraction is not as good as it would be for some one under 30. However, you should be able to see significant improvement. ...Read more

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Should I have the tummy tuck, before or after weight loss?

Should I have the tummy tuck, before or after weight loss?

After weight loss: If you do tummy tuck and then loss significant weight you will end up with loss abdominal skin. It is best that you follow up with a doctor specializing in medical weight loss. Some times medical weight may result in less lose skin reducing need for tummy tuck. ...Read more

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What makes a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck? Recently, I lost some weight. I was not huge to begin with, but I definitely have some loose skin especially around my belly. My current height is 5'6" and my weight is 135 pounds. Are they within range f

Rare Patient: Generally, the mini tummy tuck is an  operation that  produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall issues present for most patients who present consultation, after pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss. Seek consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons for more precise advice. ...Read more

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Lost lots of weight and have rolls of fat now. Should I get a tummy tuck and an arm lift to get rid of them?

Lost lots of weight and have rolls of fat now. Should I get a tummy tuck and an arm lift to get rid of them?

Maybe Body Lift: If you have lost a great deal of weight you might be a body lift candidate, but there is no "should" about it. You need to review the risks and benefits and have your overall health examined to figure how right this surgery might be for you. :). ...Read more

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Hi doc weight is about 140kg considering tummy tuck surgery / apronectomy will I be ok Dr said he will take of 5-10kgs from my abdoman?

Hi doc weight is about 140kg considering tummy tuck surgery / apronectomy will I be ok Dr said he will take of 5-10kgs from my abdoman?

Bariatric surgery?: You may want to consider a bariatric surgery as the apron is probably the least of your medical health concerns. At this weight and age, you are placing yourself at high risk of complications including long term cardiac risks.
You may be better served by a bariatric surgery procedure first.5-10 Kg from 140 kg presently, is unlikely to make a substantial difference in overall body contour. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a breast reduction and tummy tuck to reduce back pain? My back kills me most of the time, mainly my lower my weight has fluctuated a bit. I was 160 in high school and when I graduated and by the time I was 20 I was 211 pounds. Whe

Is it possible to get a breast reduction and tummy tuck to reduce back pain? My back kills me most of the time, mainly my lower my weight has fluctuated a bit. I was 160 in high school and when I graduated and by the time I was 20 I was 211 pounds. Whe

Yes...: Combination surgical procedures are done regularly. However,   it is best to evaluate each patient on an individualized basis. During this consultation process, after a complete history and physical, the safety  of combining these surgical procedures becomes of paramount importance. Best to achieve long-term stable weight prior to proceeding with surgery; make sure you have realistic expectations. ...Read more

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Do I have to wait to travel after a tummy tuck?

Probably: Tummy tuck is a major surgical operation. You'll want to be nearby your surgeon. Also, you'll probably be sore for a few weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time before I can travel after a tummy tuck?

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

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Do you need help from a family member or friend after a tummy tuck?

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

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What is the recovery time after a tummy tuck and lipo?

What is the recovery time after a tummy tuck and lipo?

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

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Are drains used after a tummy tuck? Are drains used after a tummy tuck, and if so, for how long? .

Are drains used after a tummy tuck? Are drains used after a tummy tuck, and if so, for how long? .

Most do.: There is some variability when it comes to the use of drains after tummy tuck surgery. I personally do use drains and remove them when their “output” is low. This averages 1 to 2 weeks generally. ...Read more

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How long does the swelling last after a tummy tuck?

How long does the swelling last after a tummy tuck?

It depends: If you had liposuction with your tummy tuck, the swelling will be more pronounced and take longer to resolve. Most patients are about 80%-90% resolved by 4 weeks post-op. ...Read more