Q: What is a tummy tuck procedure?
A: A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area to create a flatter and more toned appearance.
Q: Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
A: A good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is in good health, has a stable weight, and has excess skin or fat in the abdominal area that has not responded to diet or exercise.
Q: How long does a tummy tuck procedure take?
A: The length of a tummy tuck procedure can vary depending on the extent of the surgery, but it typically takes around 2-3 hours to complete.
Q: What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?
A: Recovery time for a tummy tuck can vary, but most patients can return to work and light activities within 2-4 weeks and resume all normal activities within 6-8 weeks.
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Q: How long do tummy tuck scars take to heal?
A: Tummy tuck scars typically take around 12 months to fully heal and fade.
Q: Will I have drains after my tummy tuck surgery?
A: Most tummy tuck procedures require the use of drains to remove excess fluid and promote healing.
Q: What type of anesthesia is used for a tummy tuck?
A: A tummy tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia.
Q: What are the risks and complications associated with a tummy tuck?
A: Risks and complications associated with a tummy tuck can include bleeding, infection, blood clots, and complications related to anesthesia.
Q: Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?
A: Yes, a tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction or breast augmentation for a more comprehensive body contouring. We have a procedure that we call Lipotuck™ that is very popular.
Q: Will a tummy tuck help me lose weight?
A: No, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure but rather a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat.
Q: How much does a tummy tuck cost?
A: The cost of a tummy tuck can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and the location of the practice, but typically ranges from $6,000-$10,000.
Q: How long do tummy tuck results last?
A: Tummy tuck results can be long-lasting with proper diet and exercise, but the aging process and significant weight fluctuations can affect the results.
Q: Can I have a tummy tuck if I plan to have children in the future?
A: It is generally recommended to wait until after having children to undergo a tummy tuck to ensure optimal results.
Q: Will a tummy tuck get rid of stretch marks?
A: A tummy tuck can remove some stretch marks that are located on the lower abdominal area, but it will not remove all stretch marks.
Q: What should I expect during my tummy tuck consultation?
A: During a tummy tuck consultation, the tummy tuck surgeon will evaluate your medical history, physical exam, and desired results to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Q: Can I get a tummy tuck if I have a history of abdominal surgeries?
A: In some cases, a history of abdominal surgeries may affect the suitability of a patient for a tummy tuck. The surgeon will evaluate each case individually.
Q: Can a tummy tuck be covered by insurance?
A: A tummy tuck is considered a cosmetic procedure and is typically not covered by insurance.
Q: When can I start exercising after my tummy tuck?
A: Most patients can begin light exercise after 2-4 weeks and resume all normal activities
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