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How Safe Is The Tummy Tuck Belt
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
A few weeks: A standard tummy tuck takes 2-12 weeks to recover to full activity due to the work done to tighten your muscles. A mini tummy tuck may only involve skin, which is less recovery and less pain overall. However, most women need more than a mini tummy tuck. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Tummy Tuck: In most cases, an incision is made near the pubic hair line that stretches from hip bone to hip bone. For optimal concealment, this incision is placed beneath the bikini line, so that the resulting scar is well-hidden by swimwear and undergarments. Cost varies per surgeon and the area you live in. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Upper vs. Lower: A mini-tummy tuck will not address looseness of the upper abdomen, only the skin below the belly button. It is still surgery, usually done with general anesthesia, so it should not be thought of as a less invasive procedure. There are still surgical risks which is why you should make sure to discuss this, or any plastic surgery procedure, with a board-certified plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
high satisfaction: Most patients who undergo tummy tuck have a high degree of satisfaction postoperatively. The soreness from surgery generally resolves within 7 to 14 days and swelling generally resolves within three months. The incision will heal over the course of 2 to 3 weeks with maturation of the scar over the course of several months. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
How long does a mini tummy tuck take? I’m worried about being under anesthesia for a long time. How long does the mini tummy tuck procedure take?
What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck? I don't know if i need a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck. What are the differences?
Although : Although the two procedures have a similar name, they differ in the amount of skin removed, the amount of muscle work performed, and the final incisional scar. The mini tummy tuck treats the minor pouching out of the lower belly caused by stretching of the lower abdominal muscles. It is primarily a muscle tightening procedure. The tummy tuck treats two conditions: a muscle separation above and below the belly button; and excessive or loose skin in the belly. It is really two operations, a muscle repair and a skin excision. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Yes: A tummy tuck, like most plastic surgery is still major surgery. But there are different grades of "major" surgery. Heart surgery or a transplant is much traumatic to your body then a tummy tuck or breast augmentation. A mini usually is a smaller incision with less tissue removal +/- tightening of the muscle. It can be done in 1-2 hrs. Cost varies in the $4000-$1000 range depending on location. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mini-tuck: Mini-results: A mini-tummy tuck is occasionally a helpful procedure, but most patients would benefit much more from a full tummy tuck. A mini tuck only tightens skin and muscle below the belly button, not above, and cannot tighten even the lower abdomen as much as a full tummy tuck. It's useful for thin patients who may have some lower abdomen muscle bulging with good skin, or with a slight lower tummy "pooch" or skin overhang. A board certified plastic surgeon can best advise you after performing an examination. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
2-4 hours: Depending upon the work needed to create the result you are looking for, a standard tummy tuck usually takes me 3-4 hours. I usually include some liposuction. I also hand sew everything (i.e. Avoid the use of internal or external staples). This time includes the time that it takes to put you to sleep and the time it takes to wake you from anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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