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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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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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What is involved with tummy tuck?

What is involved with tummy tuck?

Several things: Abdominoplasty is done to tighten the muscles of the abdomen, which have usually been stretched by pregnancy or massive weight gain, and to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal wall. It is a big operation with a long incision just above the pubic hair that extends from hipbone to hipbone. You should make sure you are done having children before considering this operation. ...Read more

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What amount for a tummy tuck and thigh lift at same time in new york?

What amount for a tummy tuck and thigh lift at same time in new york?

Longer Recovery: It's possible to do two procedures at the same time, but the recovery time will be extended. Please find a board-certified plastic surgeon and visit for a consultation. During consultation, the surgeon will give you the best solution. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is better; a tummy tuck or thermage treatment?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is better; a tummy tuck or thermage treatment?

Thermage for minimum: Thermage is usually indicated for subtle skin laxity without muscle separation or localized fatty deposits. It typically will produce about a 10-15% improvement when compared to a tummy tuck. For a very minor problem, it may be useful. Otherwise the vast majority of patients will see vast improvements with a tummy tuck. Discuss with a board certified plastic surgeon who can perform both ...Read more

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What are the dangers of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

What are the dangers of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

Many.: There are many risks associated with tummy tuck surgery. These include the risk of infection, bleeding, fluid accumulation, intra-abdominal injury, abdominal wall or umbilical tissue necrosis, wound healing problems, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death. During the consultation process, you will likely hear/read about additional risk/potential complications. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can make necrosis after tummy tuck heal faster?

What can make necrosis after tummy tuck heal faster?

Necrosis: Necrosis after a tummy tuck is a very unfortunate problem and the treatment depends on the cause and size of the area. Follow your surgeon's advice. You may need debridement, vac therapy hyperbaric oxygen, regenerative matrix, and some time. ...Read more

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What cause burning sensation after tummy tuck?Could it be for nerves recovery ?I have this burning sensation on only left side , my dr said its normal

What cause burning sensation after tummy tuck?Could it be for nerves recovery ?I have this burning sensation on only left side , my dr said its normal

Usually: Usually an irritated nerve. However, a seroma (fluid accumulation under the skin) can present as a burning stinging sensation. See your surgeon to make sure you don't have any liquid. ...Read more

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What can I expect with a tummy tuck surgery?

What can I expect with a tummy tuck surgery?

Much: You should expect removal of the “excess” skin and adipose tissue of the lower abdominal wall along with “repair” of the abdominal wall muscles that may have spread with pregnancies and/or weight gain/loss. You should also expect a major recovery period, both from the physical and emotional standpoints. ...Read more

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How long does the tummy tuck take?

How long does the tummy tuck take?

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 more

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Can you tell me about a tummy tuck?

Can you tell me about a tummy tuck?

Tummy Tuck: Weight loss, pregnancy and genetics are all factors that can cause the tummy to develop loose, sagging skin and a bulging appearance. The tummy tuck procedure removes excess loose skin, creates a slimmer waist, and tightens underlying abdominal muscles. ...Read more

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Will insurance pay for a tummy tuck?

Will insurance pay for a tummy tuck?

Not usually: For the most part this is considered a cosmetic or elective procedure and is not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Can the tummy tuck belt really work?

Can the tummy tuck belt really work?

Not likely: In all probability, all this belt does is help to make you more self conscious of the core muscles by promoting abdominal muscle tone which have secondary benefits of i proving your abdominal appearance without reducing loose skin. ...Read more

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What can I do instead of a tummy tuck?

What can I do instead of a tummy tuck?

Can't determine...: ...without exam, but weight management thru varied exercise and lo-carb diet is always a good idea a.d suction-assisted lipectomy (liposuction) may have a place. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to tummy tuck?

Are there any alternatives to tummy tuck?

Depends…: What operation, if any, will help you achieve your goals will depend on your physical examinations and your personal goals. Best to seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss the your concerns, goals, options, as well as pros/cons/risks/complications associated with each option. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How is a tummy tuck done, and what is the cost?

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 more

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What should I know before getting a tummy tuck?

Alot.: Choose your plastic surgeon carefully, learn about the procedure and its indications, learn about the potential risk/complications associated with the procedure, and make sure you have a significant amount of time/help available to recover after the procedure is performed. Don't underestimate the extent of, and the time needed for recovery after the procedure. ...Read more

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How is a pannectomy and a tummy tuck different?

How is a pannectomy and a tummy tuck different?

Not always: These are general two different procedures performed for different indications. A panniculectomy is often performed for massive weight loss or obesity and essentially consists of skin removal withnthe attached fat. This can require several hours snfd require hospitalization which may dramatically increase the costs. A tummy tuck is generally cosmetic and these prepay rates are generally lower. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about getting a tummy tuck?

What can you tell me about getting a tummy tuck?

Understand options: The best procedure depends on several factors. Liposuction only removes fat and it depends on intact elastic skin and good underlying musculature to achieve a satisfactory outcome. A mini tumy tuck will treat lax skin or scar as well as widened muscles below the belly button. If you have either of the latter conditions, a mini tummy tuck may be a better option for you. See this video to understand ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of having a tummy tuck?

Have a consultation: Any surgery has benefits and potential risks. Having a contoured abdomen that allows you to fit into clothing and wear a greater variety of clothing is a benefit. The lower abdomen scar may widen or thicken. Likewise, all surgery carry the potential risk of bleeding and infection. If you are in good health and you have loose tissues of the belly then a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is best. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?

How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?

4-6 weeks: I usually recommend to my patients to go at least 4-6 weeks after a tummy tuck before any vigourous exercise or strenuous activity. After that, most patients report that they fully feel like themselves in about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for recovery on a tummy tuck ?

How long does it take for recovery
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Tummy Tuck Recovery: Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty recovery can vary based on the size of the incision, the type of muscle plication and the amount of liposuction done with the procedure. It takes one year to see the final result(complete healing). After about six weeks you are back to exercise assuming no adverse events or complications. Drains are out at 2 weeks post op and you can resume some activity. ...Read more

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Hello! Disadvantages of tummy tuck before having kids?

Hello! Disadvantages of tummy tuck before having kids?

Stretch marks: Have your kids first then, if you want tummy tuck the surgeon can target stretch marks when he plans where to cut. ...Read more

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How can I get health insurance to pay for tummy tuck?

How can I  get health insurance to pay for tummy tuck?

Insurance: Health insurance will pay for excision of overhanging skin if it is severe and hangs way down. Pictures sent to the insurance company may help. ...Read more

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Can type 1 von willie-brand disease cause a tummy tuck?

Can type 1 von willie-brand disease cause a tummy tuck?

Yes with precautions: You can under go tummy tuck type i von willebrand factor xi will be low , you have to let surgeon and anesthesiologist have to know, to get ready with factor xi if needed , type ii needs factor to prevent bleeding type iii besides xi , viii will be low and behaves like hemophelia. ...Read more

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How long should you work out every day after tummy tuck?

Gradual return best: Exercise is typically started gradually after the first couple of weeks (for abdominal exercises). Walking, exercycle, and upper extremity lifting can begin in a bout 7-10 days. Best to gradually exert and not overdo. Tummy tuck will make most patients tire quickly, so not over-pushing exercise is usually recommended. Follow the instructions of your physician. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the minimum age to get a tummy tuck?

There is none,: per se. Depends more on past medical history. That said, few ASPS/ASAPS surgeons would do the operation before 21 and done having kids. ...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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For what length of time do I have to wait after my tummy tuck before i can go travelling?

For what length of time do I have to wait after my tummy tuck before i can go travelling?

Miminum 2 weeks: A tummy tuck is a big operation that can have complications... You need to be close to your surgeon in case there are any problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a free tummy tuck since child bearing has caused my tummy to stretch, and have a pouch?

Low cost not free: Some plastic surgery training programs offer low cost alternatives to tummy tucks (witch hazel) by having qualified staff performed by residents supervised by professors. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my dr wants to do a panniulectomy instead of a tummy tuck on me, anyone seen the difference?

Should i be concerned if my dr wants to do a panniulectomy instead of a tummy tuck on me, anyone seen the difference?

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 more

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How much does a tummy tuck cost in ca? 22 f 5ft3 190 looking for a tummy tuck. However i can't find any prices no where. Can anyone help me?

Varies: The cost for a tummy tuck will vary according to the geographic area. In el paso, texas, the cost in my practice is around $7, 500 with all costs included. You can expect moderate to severe pain immediately after the surgery and improving rapidly. ...Read more

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65-yr-old female. Diet and exercised my way from 230 to 165 lbs. (5'51/2"). Ready for tummy tuck. What should I expect in terms of recovery time?

65-yr-old female.  Diet and exercised my way from 230 to 165 lbs. (5'51/2").  Ready for tummy tuck.  What should I expect in terms of recovery time?

Congratlulations and: Tummy tuck and lower body lift surgery varies in extent and by patient. You really need to address the particulars of your case with a local qualified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Hello.um.. i have about 4 to 5 slouch lines their kind of deep and bery visible.and i was wondering would me getting a tummy tuck make it less visible?

Hello.um.. i have about 4 to 5 slouch lines their kind of deep and bery visible.and i was wondering would me getting a tummy tuck make it less visible?

Possibly...: It's possible a tummy tuck would help reduce the "slouch lines" you are referring to, but a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is the only way to know for sure. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat tissue and tightens the muscles in the abdomen. Depending your specific situation, it may or may not address your concerns. ...Read more

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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? .

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?

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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 more

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Do medicaid pay half of a tummy tuck?

Do medicaid pay half of a tummy tuck?

No: Tummy tuck surgery is not covered by any type of "insurance” plan; It is not considered a “medically necessary” procedure. On the other hand, a panniculectomy, which involves removal of lower abdominal wall skin/adipose tissue, may be a covered procedure, depending on the specific insurance plan and symptomatology. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are tummy tucks (witch hazel) painful?

Are tummy tucks (witch hazel) painful?

Moderately painful : Any surgery that involves cutting or sewing muscle tends to be somewhat painful. Most tummy tucks (witch hazel) will also include muscle tightening. Patients generally manage the pain quite well with a medication such as vicodin. I've never had a patient tell me that the pain was so significant that she regrets having the surgery. ...Read more

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How much does tummy tucks (witch hazel) cost?

How much does tummy tucks (witch hazel) cost?

varies: Costs vary by location. You may find a plastic surgeon through the american board of plastic surgery. Some physicians will provide quotes over the phone. Nationally it appears that tummy tucks (witch hazel) range from $5000-$10, 000. ...Read more

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