Tummy Tuck FAQ

Are tummy tuck results permanent?
Tummy tuck results can be extremely long-term. By eating well and remaining in good physical shape you can preserve it.

A tummy tuck is what?
Otherwise known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a operative method intended to make the abdominal region look better. By getting rid of the extra fat and skin and reducing the muscles of the abdomen, the tummy is made flat.

Does insurance cover tummy tucks?
Usually the price of a tummy tuck is not covered by insurance, although in some situations, such as spreading of the anterior muscles or a hernia, insurance may cover a portion of the cost.

How long does recover take following a tummy tuck?
Recovery time is different for each individual. Some, within two to four weeks, can go back to work after the operation, however laborious work should be delayed for four to six weeks after.

What type of anesthesia is applied during the operation?
Typically used for a the tummy tuck operation, is either a mixture of local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia.

What types of dangers are involved for getting a tummy tuck?
Danger can be involved with many types of surgeries. During tummy tuck surgery, the possible problems that can happen are: bleeding under the skin flap, blood clotting, prominent scarring, a virus, slow healing, loss of skin, and the requirement for additional surgery.

Tummy tuck operations take how long?
Even though times are different depending on each individuals situation, the common tummy tuck surgery can be anywhere from two to five hours long.

For a tummy tuck, what areas will the scars be placed?
Usually for a tummy tuck a lengthy cut is made right over the pubic region and runs across to each hipbone. Another cut is typically around the belly button, too. If you’re getting a partial abdominoplasty than the belly button is not cut and the opening over the pubic region is considerably shorter. The resulting scars will become paler and smooth out over a period of time.

If I gain weight after a tummy tuck surgery, will my results be affected?
Following a tummy tuck, gaining any quantity of weight will be harmful to your overall results.

Will getting a tummy tuck hurt?
If anesthesia is used for the operation then it should not be hurt. You will, however, feel uncomfortable and have some tenderness. Your surgeon will provide you with medicine for these symptoms.

What is a partial abdominoplasty?
Otherwise known as a mini tummy tuck, partial abdominoplasty is another form of the conventional tummy tuck. The surgery has a smaller cut and the cut around the belly button is not necessary.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
If you are in good health and have hanging abdominal skin or a fat deposit that is large and doesn’t go away with exercise and eating right then you may be a good person for getting a tummy tuck. Some women after being pregnant or after gaining a large amount of weight will predominantly have an advantage from getting the operation.

Will my tummy tuck results change if I get pregnant?
Yes, your tummy tuck results will change should you get pregnant. Pregnancy can take apart the tightening of the vertical muscles which is done during the procedure. If you plan on getting pregnant then it’s best to wait until afterwards to get the operation.

Can a tummy tuck get rid of stretch marks?
If the stretch marks are in the lower abdomen region, then a tummy tuck generally will get rid of them, however other stretch marks may not be removed. For an example, on the upper abdomen, stretch marks can be relocated further down, but they could become visually smoother and flatter.


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