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What Are The Possible Complications Of An Abdominoplasty
Relatively low: Loss of skin at the lower end of the flap and infection more common in diabetics and smokers plus others with metabolic disease. "dog ears" are not a complication. Pts cause complications by wearing jeans or other too-tight waist band cloths too soon. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Depends...: Most patients who have pregnancies after abdominoplasty surgery are able to do so without complications (when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth) is. However, the results of the tummy tuck may be adversely effected and revisionary surgery ( such as further skin excision and/or muscle re approximation) may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hardly: Abdominoplasty is a major operation that removes excess skin and fat from the lower part of the abdomen and, more importantly, repositions the muscles of the abdominal wall in the midline. It generally takes about 3 hours and requires general anesthesia. It can be done as an outpatient or with a short hospitalization. It has all the risks of any major operation..Hardly a scam! ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
Improved shape: Most often abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is done after pregnancy or weight loss. When there is loose skin, especially with stretch marks, that cannot be improved with exercise. An abdominoplasty removes the skin from the lower abdomen, and the skin of the upper abdomen is pulled down to cover that area, resulting in a smooth tight contour and a scar along the bikini line and around the belly button. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Fabulous!: If there is loose skin and/or stretched musculature (from weight loss, not pregnancy, obviously), tummy tuck is a great operation for men. If a man has a "beer belly" type abdomen with mostly intra-abdominal fat, tummy tuck will not be effective. This patient will need to lose weight first, emptying out the abdomen excess fat, after which the loose skin and muscle can be removed/tightened! ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Varies greatly: 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. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Simple Description: The rectus abdominis muscle is the vertical muscle in the middle of your abdomen. If your rectus abdominis muscles are separated, a repair of the muscle tightens that gap by stitching it together. It functions much the same as how shoe laces work in a shoe. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the surgery that repairs the muscle and removes excess skin and fat. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abdominoplasty: It can be a very powerful operation. It's for those folks with extra skin and soft tissue. Many who have lost weight and have extra skin want the excess taken away. Some just want to fit into pants better. The abdominal muscles may also have spread out with pregnancy or just over time. The plication sews them back together. This flattens the tummy. See a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tummy Tuck Recovery: You would need a minimum of 2 weeks off from work, returning to part-time, light-duty on the 3rd week. You should not drive for a minimum of 3 weeks, and ideally 4 weeks. For a detailed look at recovery, week by week: http://www.cosmeticsurg.net/blog/2013/01/04/how-long-is-the-tummy-tuck-recovery/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: Although tummy tuck surgery is a great operation for the right patient, it is often associated with significant physical and emotional recovery that is underestimated by both patients and their surgeons. I asked patients to plan on a 4 to 6 weeks period of rest and decreased activity. It usually takes several months before patients are back to 100% of their energy level… Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Submit your case: Hello and thank you for your excellent question. Typically, insurance will not cover an abdominoplasty. However, it may cover a panniculectomy (i.e., excision of extra abdominal skin alone, without repairing the muscles or belly button). Ask your surgeon about this, as not all surgeons will submit your case to insurance. I suggest consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Abdominoplasty: In plastic surgery there is only abdominoplasty or partial abdominoplasty known as mini abdominoplasty. Smooth tuck is not a scientific name for any procedure. Just a catchy name to describe some modification that only the person doing it has come up with. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Tough choice: If someone charges much less than that, it may be because they aren't fully qualified to perform the procedure. Most abms- certified plastic surgeons have options for financing or better yet, simply save your money until you have enough. ...Read more
Very Different: The operations are very different. Tummy tuck operation typically involves excision of excess skin/adipose tissue, re approximation of abdominal wall muscles that may have spread with weight gain/loss or pregnancy, and sometimes liposuctioning. Panniculectomy, on the hand, involves ONLY removal of excess skin/adipose tissue of the lower abdominal wall; much less of an aesthetic outcome... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abdominoplasty: An abdominoplasty will result in a better abdominal contour and would be more aesthetically pleasing. Although the scars are the same for both procedures, the similarities end there. A panniculectomy is a procedure which removes the excess skin of the abdominal apron or pannus below the belly button. An abdominoplasty does this and also removes excess skin above the umbilicus. An abdominoplasty al. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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Muscle tightening: A panniculectomy removes the "apron" of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen, which is usually (but not always) caused by large weight loss. An abdominoplasty includes this as well as tightening of the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long ago?: How long ago was your surgery? If its been 6 weeks then probably not, if its been 6 days then yes. Sutures are meant to hold tissue in place while the body heals. The repair is not as strong as the original tissue. After a tummy tuck we pull things pretty tight to give a good result. There is increased tension on the incision. For that reason you need to take it easy for 3-4 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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