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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 4 months post op tummy tuck what will be the best exercise to tone my tummy?

I am 4 months post op tummy tuck what will be the best exercise to tone my tummy?

Ask Surgeon...: Given that you have had surgery relatively recently, your plastic surgeon will be your best guide when it comes to returning to specific exercise/activities. Generally speaking, a gradual ('listen to your body") return to cardiovascular/weightlifting/flexibility exercises along with a careful attention to healthy diet, will help you achieve/maintain the best long-term results possible. Best wishes ...Read more

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What's the best thing to wear right after tummy tuck surgery?

What's the best thing to wear right after tummy tuck surgery?

A pressure garment: A good pressure garment will help control the swelling and give you support. Your surgeon will usually recommend a garment or include it as part of your procedure. ...Read more

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When will I be able to exercise after a mini tummy tuck? I can’t imagine going long without working out. How long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before going back to the gym? .

When will I be able to exercise after a mini tummy tuck? I can’t imagine going long without working out. How long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before going back to the gym? .

Depends: The timing of exercise after surgery depends on the actual procedure performed and the postoperative period.
Generally speaking light exercise after 3-4 weeks, any strenous activity should not be for 6 weeks. ...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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What would be the best solution for deep stomach lines due to slouching? Would you recommend the tummy tuck? Or laser resurfacing? And if so of either one, what eould be the cost of it? (please note that im a very thin person)-body fat I don't believe is the p

What would be the best solution for deep stomach lines due to slouching? Would you recommend the tummy tuck? Or laser resurfacing? And if so of either one, what eould be the cost of it? (please note that im a very thin person)-body fat I don't believe is the p

Get a free consult: Generally I would tell someone your age not to worry about this cosmetically. However you can see several plastic surgeons & ask their opinions at no cost to you. Once you sign up for a treatment there will be cost! If you're thin there is no reason you should require a tummy tuck, Laser procedures will probably do. This would also carry significantly less risk to you personally. Stay healthy ...Read more

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How long does fat necrosis take to heal after tummy tuck and what is best for wound care, packing and cleaning?

How long does fat necrosis take to heal after tummy tuck and what is best for wound care, packing and cleaning?

Fat necrosis healing: If you get fat necrosis after a tummy tuck, it may take months to heal. The necrosis can evolve into scar tissue or a cyst. You should talk to your surgeon if you have this! ...Read more

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Is tummy tuck or liposuction the only good way to flatten ab area or is it possible to achieve a good cosmetic result through diet and exercise alone?

Is tummy tuck or liposuction the only good way to flatten ab area or is it possible to achieve a good cosmetic result through diet and exercise alone?

Depends: If what you have is a little extra fat but no extra skin or separation in your muscles then diet and exercise is the best way to go. Liposuction is a good option if there are stubborn areas that do not seem to go away even when you are at your ideal body weight but your skin is tight. If your skin and muscles have stretched, a tummy tuck is the only way to repair them. ...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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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

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 more

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

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?

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

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Will I be able to wear high heels after a tummy tuck?

Will I be able to wear high heels after a tummy tuck?

If you could before: There is an old joke about a patient asking if they can play piano after surgery and the surgeon answers "yes" but the patient says: "good, cuz I couldn't play before"
if you camera heels before you should be able to wear heels after when you are sufficiently healed. ...Read more

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What do they do with the excess skin after a tummy tuck?

What do they do with the excess skin after a tummy tuck?

Dispose or other use: In the vast majority of instances the tissues are discarded as medical waste and incinerated. On occasion the tissues may be used in the same individual as a pedicled flap as seen in the tram flap procedure for breast reconstruction. The component tissues can be used as a skin graft or the fat can be harvested and used for breast or buttock augmentation. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your skin to feel normal after a tummy tuck?

Variable: It may take up to a year or more for the feeling to return after a tummy tuck. ...Read more

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How bad will the scarring be after a tummy tuck? Will I have visible scarring after a tummy tuck? Where is it located? .

How bad will the scarring be after a tummy tuck? Will I have visible scarring after a tummy tuck? Where is it located? .

Depends: More on your particular skin physiology than anything else. Any ASPS or ASAPS plastic surgeon will give it the best chance to look good by one of the proper techniques. Usually it is hidden by underwear/ bikini and you can have a say in its exact placement. Scars never really disappear but are often cannily-enough placed to not be a problem. Usually similar top C-section scar, but longer. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel bloated after a tummy tuck and a liposuction?

Yes: The boated feeling following a tummy is usually the result of several things:
1. Tightening of the abdominal wall (which then makes any bloating more noticeable)
2. Side effects of medications given around the time of surgery
3. Hormonal changes associated with the trauma of the surgery itself.

The good news is that most bloating resolves quickly and has no untoward effects on your result. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a lot of gas after a tummy tuck?

Is it normal to have a lot of gas after a tummy tuck?

Possible: After a tummy tuck the abdominal muscles are tighter. This causes you to feel bloated or full much faster. Your body will get used to this rather quick. Antibiotics and pain medications may also be causing this. Take some yogurt with active lactobacillus for two weeks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have gas and bloating after a tummy tuck?

Is it normal to have gas and bloating after a tummy tuck?

For a short time...: It is certainly normal, as it may be a side effect of the anesthetic used or the postoperative pain medication that one is taking. Persistent gas and bloating for more than 48 hours, though, should be reported to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I climb stairs after a tummy tuck? How soon after a tummy tuck will I be able to climb the stairs to my house? .

Can I climb stairs after a tummy tuck? How soon after a tummy tuck will I be able to climb the stairs to my house? .

Today: Today most plastic surgeons encourage early ambulation with the tummy tuck procedure. We ceratinly advise our patients to walk around the house upon discharge and if they desire, they may go up and down stairs (with assistance initially) cautiously and slowly.

It is important to limit the actual abdominal muscle activity after this surgery for at least several days and sleeping in a recliner (easy to get in and out of) is recommended to our patients. ...Read more

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How long after a tummy tuck should you wait before having sex?

How long after a tummy tuck should you wait before having sex?

6 weeks: In general, most surgeons advise patients to wait 6 weeks after any major surgery before vigorous activity, including sex. Scars get about 80 % of their final strength at that time and are less likely to open up. ...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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Is smoking marijuana harmful before & after a tummy tuck surgery?

Is smoking marijuana harmful before & after a tummy tuck surgery?

Harmful? Yes, It Is.: Any type of smoking compromises the healing process following surgery. I require all of my patients to stop smoking for the two weeks leading up to surgery. But above all, you should stop smoking (everything!) for your general health! ...Read more