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Is It Worth Getting A Tummy Tuck I Dont Need Much Done
Tummy tuck: The answer is not always based upon how much needs to be performed, as much as what needs to be addressed. Liposuction sculpts the body through the surgical removal of excess fat deposits, however, it does not address loose skin. A tummy tuck removes excess skin that overhangs or is stretched and fat located in the abdominal area, in addition to tightening loose abdominal muscles. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
How much is a mini tummy tuck? I really want to get a mini tummy tuck, but am not sure i can afford it. What is the average cost?
Cost of Tummy Tuck: Each office / surgeon differs with how pricing is determined depending on if surgery is performed in an office setting vs. Hospital setting, surgeons experience, nurse anesthetist vs. Md., etc. I have pricing ranges on my website and i believe others do as well. Ultimately, pricing will depend on your physical examination and exactly what needs to be performed and who performs your surgery. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Is a mini tummy tuck a better option for reducing abdominal fat than liposuction? I don't think I am obese but i definitely have the proverbial "spare tire" around my waist. I wanted to know whether liposuction or a mini tummy tuck would be best for someo
Tummy tuck options: The best answer for you would require a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon experienced in all of the procedures. Liposuction is not a good idea if there is skin laxity, and the decision of a mini vs a full tummy tuck is not usually one you can determine on your own. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
I am getting lapband i read that it can make you full safer than bypass what is sleeve surgery is it less extensive as well? I just have big stomach
How painful is a mommy makeover? I’ve never had surgery, but i’m really considering a mommy makeover, because everything is just sagging after three kids. I’m not good with pain, though. Will it be bad? It seems like doing breasts and tummy would just mak
The : The amount of discomfort varies a lot from patient to patient, and is related to the complexity of the surgery. Since you address the issue of sagging, i will answer the question with the assumption that you would consider abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast lift (although that may be an incorrect assumption). Most patients do well with oral medications to control the pain associated with surgery. If you were to have your surgery in hospital with an overnight stay, it is quite unlikely that a combination of oral and intravenous pain meds would not be sufficient for the discomfort. With either or both of the procedures you may be considering, ask you surgeon about a post-operative pain pump, which slowly delivers a long-lasting local anesthetic into the surgical areas. These have been quite effective in controlling post-op pain, and usually reduce or eliminate the need for oral medicines for pain. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
How safe is a mommy makeover? I need a slight breast lift, tummy tuck and a little liposuction. I’ve heard you can have them all at once, but i’ve also heard about people dying because they had too much done in one surgery. How much do I increase my chanc
Generally Safe: Yes, breast and tummy tuck surgery are frequently performed together. However, each patient's “situation” is evaluated individually, with emphasis placed on safety of having the combination procedures. Patient's medical condition and duration of surgery are considered. The safety record of the anesthesiologist and that of the fully accredited surgery facility should be asked about also. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
I had a c.Section done 2yrs ago yes i want more kids & i want a tummy tuck does it make a difference if i get preggo now & a tummy tuck a year after?
I had two c sections. I have a little droop flap and tummy is wrinkled. Would a tummy tuck fix it? How much would it be? Can insurance cover it?
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
See video 4 answer: There are at least 10 different types of tummy tucks (witch hazel) and the procedure you undergo will have great impact on the extents surgery as well as the recovery. Please see this link for a desription of the four most popular techniques: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=djmer5b5bx4;feature=youtube_gdata_player in the photo to the right, the amount dof skin removed is demonstrated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not recommended: It's wiser to finish having your children before having a tummy tuck. After all, the pregnancy is going to re-stretch your recently repaired tummy skin! pregnancy after breast implants is much less of a concern - although there may be some "wear & tear" on the breast shape! ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
I lost 100 pounds but no matter how much i work out my stomach is still a bit flabby. Is there a way to fix without surgery? Insurance wont cover that
Wt loss: No, this is due to over stretching of the skin . I have found that using vit e cream may give some improvement. ...Read more
Do I have to get a fiberotomy before my braces are removed? Is a fiberotomy done on every single tooth? I really don't like surgery, and would rather avoid it if i don't have to have it done.
Edward's works: The edward's procedure or supercrestal fiberotomy was described in 1970 and assists in retaining problematic, rotated teeth. This small procedure is usually only accomplished for 1 or 2 teeth. The need, the process, and the risk/benefits should be discussed with your orthodontic and periodontal specialist. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
I am going to get a breast reduction and would like to makemy belly smaller at the same time. Is just getting a panniculectomy done better for this type of procedure?
Depends: During abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) excess fat/skin is removed and abdominal wall muscles may be tightened. Panniculectomy only removes excess fat/skin bellow the level of umbilicus and the abdominal muscles are not tightened. Therefore decision between these procedures is based on what is the goal of the operation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a panniculectomy ever considered medically necessary as far as insurance companies are concerned? I have lost 105 pounds and now I have a lot of extra abdominal skin. I would like to have a panniculectomy, but am not sure if my insurance company will p
Yes: Each insurer is different, but with a lot of weight loss and documented rashes, you may be able to get coverage. However, a panniculectomy doesn'tinclude the muscle tightening (plication) done with an abdominoplasty. You would have to pay out of pocket for that. Talk with a plastic surgeon for full details. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The tummy tuck can help flatten a tummy in ways that diet and exercise cannot. It is not a cure for obesity, but a cure for the overstretched abdomen that is loose and sagging after childbirth or weight loss. Most patients find the procedure and recovery worth it. Being well informed it the first step, consult a board certified plastic surgeon near you. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
I have stretchmarks around my stomach. I want to get vaserlipo done since I have very minimal sagging skin too. Wouldvaser will make it look worse?
Maybe: No liposuction technique will remove stretch marks. Stretch marks occur when the stretch on the skin exceeds the ability of the skin to compensate. Liposuction may help your overall body contour but you'll likely need an excisional procedure to decrease or remove the stretch marked skin. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have periodontal disease, but no insurance. I have had it for a while, how much do procedures cost. I think it progressed a lot i just want to know if it is possible to save my teeth. I'm only 42. I have no insurance and only work part time so finances
Diagnosis/payments: You first need a specific diagnosis of your gum disease before a cost can be applied to the treatment. You also need to recognize that the failure to treat gum disease will lead to tooth lose and some type of replacement. That to has a cost. Your own teeth almost always are better than "store bought teeth". So see if your dentist can create a treatment&payment schedule that is realistic for you! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Do i need a dr. Order for a neck ultrasound. I got one before on referral basis. But if it's not something that is invasive and i pay cash is it o.K?
Yes: You will need a physician order. This is best for you so that whatever is determined by the ultrasound can be interpreted in light of your symptoms and physical exam findings. Only your doctor can do that interpretation and best guide you regarding results. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have psoriasis lesions on my chest/abdominen & rheumatologist recommended against tummy tuck until the psoriasis clears?Good idea or get it done now
I had a tummy tuck almost 3 weeks ago and I have a lot of fluid built up in my stomach. Where can I get it drained? I had this procedure in the dominican republic. Everyone is telling me that no doctor will drain it here because i didn't have it done here
The : The name for fluid that builds up in the abdominal area after a tummy tuck is called a seroma. If not drained, not only can it cause discomfort, but it can become a chronic problem, where the the abdminal skin doesn't adhere to the abdominal wall. This is called a bursa, in the worst case scenario, a seroma can become infected, leading to abscess formation and tissue loss. This exemplifies one of the down-sides of seeking plastic surgery outside of your community. As well, your health insurance is unlikely to cover any costs related to this complication.Most surgeons would care for this as part of routine postoperative care, had they performed the original surgery, provided you were compliant with your instructions. I would suggest that you locate a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. Be honest about what happened. You may need needle drainage or replacement of a drain. I am sure someone will help you, but please be prepared for additional expenses. ...Read moreSee 4 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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Convenience vs risk: Certainly this would be convenient. However there are increased risks of performing these procedures simultaneously and these primarily relate to risk of blood loss and deep venous thrombosis (clot) and pulmonary embolus. Commonly following massive weight loss, more than a tummy tuck is required such as a belt lipectomy with breast reduction and brachioplasty and thigh lift to name a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can a tummy tuck be done at the same time as butt augmentation? I would like to have a tummy tuck as well as a butt augmentation. Can they be done at the same time?
Yes it can: I do it on almost every tummy tuck, as my ok league mentioned it depends on what volume you are looking for. If you want much bigger, more aggressive lipo is needed to get more volume, and this is advisable separately. Shape change can be seen with small volumes, but not so much size. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes, but....: You can if a gynecologist joins the operation but i recommend against it. Entering the abdominal cavity during surgery increases the risk of blood clots and other more dangerous, but less common risks of the operation. Doing the two operations at separate times decreases the overall risk. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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