Tummy Tuck FAQ
- 30 August 2013
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
To help you understand one of Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery’s most commonly requested procedures, I have compiled our most frequently asked questions about tummy tucks here in Miami, FL.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is surgery to remove excess skin, tissue
and fat on the abdomen that may
accumulate after pregnancy, obesity, or age. In a full abdominoplasty, abdominal muscles that may have become stretched out over time are tightened.
2. Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Good candidates for tummy tucks are in excellent health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure. It is recommended that women wait until they are done having children before having the procedure. Lastly, man or woman, it is recommended that if a patient is considering losing weight, they should reach their desired weight before undergoing the surgery.
Only a board-certified plastic surgeon can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this surgery.
3. What is a typical tummy tuck consultation like?
At our Miami, FL offices, a tummy tuck consultation consists of talking with the surgeon and discussing your goals for the tummy tuck surgery. The surgeon will then examine you, and you will have the opportunity to look at before-and-after photos of other tummy tuck patients.
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4. How is a tummy tuck surgery performed?
A full tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make a horizontal incision very low in the pubic area so that the scar is hidden below a bikini bottom. Through this incision, abdominal muscles are repaired and excess fat, tissue and skin are removed. In patients with less excess skin, a mini-tummy tuck which has a shorter incision and no scar by the bellybutton may be possible.
After your surgery you will be able to walk, and you will be encouraged to do so. You may be hunched over for a few days afterwards as the skin on your abdomen will feel tight. You may have drains inserted during the procedure. These will be removed between 4 days and 2 weeks after the tummy tuck surgery. You must take at least 2 weeks off work after the surgery. You will be told to wear an abdominal pressure garment for several weeks after your surgery to hold everything in place while you heal. This is a girdle or a band that fits around your abdomen.
Some swelling and bruising are normal. Recovery can vary depending on the individual and the type of surgical procedure.
6. Will the tummy tuck be painful?
The amount of pain with a tummy tuck varies, but there is always some degree of pain. Your surgeon can give you a prescription for pain relievers.
7. How soon after will I see the results of my tummy tuck?
You will begin to see results as the drains are removed and the swelling goes down. This is a major surgery and the healing process takes time. Results will continue to improve up to 6 months after the surgery.
8. What are the risks associated with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is major surgery and there are serious risks. As with any major surgery, there are risks related to anesthesia. There is also the risk of infection and blood clots. Your surgeon will go over these risks at your consultation.
9. Will the results of a tummy tuck last forever?
The results of a tummy tuck may last for years. Any significant weight gain or pregnancy can affect the results, but otherwise the changes should be relatively permanent. As you age, skin and tissue does become less elastic and will relax, but it will not go back to its pre-operative condition.