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A Tummy Tuck tightens the abdomen and reduces hanging skin folds.
Who is a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
If you have loose or saggy abdominal wall skin - especially after pregnancy or weight loss.
What does a Tummy Tuck procedure involve?
- Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar).
- Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair.
- Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles (standard scar).
- Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back).
How long does a Tummy Tuck take?
It can take anywhere between 2-4 hours.
How long does it take to recover from a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and probably requires more time-consuming and limiting recovery. One to three days of assistance at home is usually suggested.
When can I expect to see results from my Tummy Tuck?
After the operation you stomach may not look as flat as you had hoped. This is because the surgery can cause it to swell. But this will not last too long and it will go back to what it should be. It can take anything up to half a year to recover fully.
When can I go back to work/resume my normal activities after having a Tummy Tuck?
You will be encouraged to be moving and walking regularly within 1-2 days. Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days. Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
How long will the results of a Tummy Tuck last?
Results are permanent provided there is not a major weight gain.
What are my alternatives to having a Tummy Tuck?
Non-Surgical Body Contouring. Additional procedures that may enhance the result are Liposuction, Breast Procedures, or Thigh Lift
What are the risks involved with having a Tummy Tuck?
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
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