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Why should or shouldn't I get an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree
In brief: Good Candidate?
The “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is medically/psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable,  has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her,  does not smoke, is capable of arranging enough recovery time and who has reached a long-term stable weight.

In brief: Good Candidate?
The “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is medically/psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable,  has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her,  does not smoke, is capable of arranging enough recovery time and who has reached a long-term stable weight.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Otto Placik
excellent summary
Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: When&why tummy tuck
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is done for changes that cannot be treated with diet and exercise alone: lax skin after pregnancy or weight loss, localized disproportionate fat, and/or muscle separation.
It is not done for weight loss. However, exercise alone does not tone skin.

In brief: When&why tummy tuck
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is done for changes that cannot be treated with diet and exercise alone: lax skin after pregnancy or weight loss, localized disproportionate fat, and/or muscle separation.
It is not done for weight loss. However, exercise alone does not tone skin.
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Improve belly look
Often after pregnancy the abdominal muscles are pushed apart and skin hangs loosely.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will tighten the underlying muscles and remove the excess skin and fat from the tummy. This should not take the place for diet and exercise. But for those who have tried the above, a tummy tuck works wonders.

In brief: Improve belly look
Often after pregnancy the abdominal muscles are pushed apart and skin hangs loosely.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will tighten the underlying muscles and remove the excess skin and fat from the tummy. This should not take the place for diet and exercise. But for those who have tried the above, a tummy tuck works wonders.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Risks/Alter/Benefits
Elective surgery means you do not need the surgery but may want it.
You should get the surgery if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdomen and have realistic expectations on what surgery can do for you after discussing the risks, alternatives & benefits with an experienced surgeon. If you are at high for complications due to your health or are unrealistic in goals, you shouldn't.

In brief: Risks/Alter/Benefits
Elective surgery means you do not need the surgery but may want it.
You should get the surgery if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdomen and have realistic expectations on what surgery can do for you after discussing the risks, alternatives & benefits with an experienced surgeon. If you are at high for complications due to your health or are unrealistic in goals, you shouldn't.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Get one because...
You want to get rid of hanging extra skin around your abdomen.
That's what it's for.

In brief: Get one because...
You want to get rid of hanging extra skin around your abdomen.
That's what it's for.
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Dr. Alex Lechtman
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Reasons why not
1. You are medically unfit for surgery 2.
You are unwilling to accept the scar 3. You have unrealistic expectations 4. You have not finished having children 5. You are significantly overweight, and need to lose weight first.

In brief: Reasons why not
1. You are medically unfit for surgery 2.
You are unwilling to accept the scar 3. You have unrealistic expectations 4. You have not finished having children 5. You are significantly overweight, and need to lose weight first.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Barry Handler
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Pros/cons
Get a tummy tuck because you are healthy, relatively trim and have loose tummy muscles and skin, have the financial resources and are comfortable with the resultant scar. Don't get a tummy tuck if you don't like the scars, need to get in better shape, have serious medical problems or can't afford the time off for recovery and the cost of the procedure.

In brief: Pros/cons
Get a tummy tuck because you are healthy, relatively trim and have loose tummy muscles and skin, have the financial resources and are comfortable with the resultant scar. Don't get a tummy tuck if you don't like the scars, need to get in better shape, have serious medical problems or can't afford the time off for recovery and the cost of the procedure.
Dr. Barry Handler
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Risk/Benefit
A person considering a cosmetic operation needs to evaluate risks and benefits.
For the right patient a tummy tuck is a great operation, but no operation is for everyone. Tummy tuck surgery has the benefit of flattening and re-shaping the abdomen and waist for patients with loose/hanging tummy tissue. It has the risks of bleeding, infection, poor scarring and wound healing and even blot clots.

In brief: Risk/Benefit
A person considering a cosmetic operation needs to evaluate risks and benefits.
For the right patient a tummy tuck is a great operation, but no operation is for everyone. Tummy tuck surgery has the benefit of flattening and re-shaping the abdomen and waist for patients with loose/hanging tummy tissue. It has the risks of bleeding, infection, poor scarring and wound healing and even blot clots.
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Don't get a tummy tuck if you have one or more serious medical problems that could significantly increase your risks of complications.

In brief: Depends
Don't get a tummy tuck if you have one or more serious medical problems that could significantly increase your risks of complications.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Daniel Careaga
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Tough question...
The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is a person who meets the following criteria: 1) good overall health 2) at their ideal stable body weight 3) has completed childbearing 4) has loose skin, or muscle stretch as a result of pregnancy or weight changes 5) does not smoke 6) is willing to commit to the lifestyle changes to maintain their new shape 7) has family support to assist with recovery.

In brief: Tough question...
The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is a person who meets the following criteria: 1) good overall health 2) at their ideal stable body weight 3) has completed childbearing 4) has loose skin, or muscle stretch as a result of pregnancy or weight changes 5) does not smoke 6) is willing to commit to the lifestyle changes to maintain their new shape 7) has family support to assist with recovery.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Dr. Daniel Careaga
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Tummy tuck
Loose tummy flaps.

In brief: Tummy tuck
Loose tummy flaps.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Tunny
Tummy tuck is a trade off procedure.
You get a flat stomach. But you get a big scar in return.

In brief: Tunny
Tummy tuck is a trade off procedure.
You get a flat stomach. But you get a big scar in return.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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