Get Answers to All of Your Tummy Tuck Questions Below
Do tummy tucks work? That, of course, is the most important question for anyone considering the surgery. A tummy tuck is a procedure that removes excess skin from your abdomen and tightens the muscles. Those two things combined make this a powerful operation to improve the look of the tummy, waist, and hips. Below we have compiled a Q&A section to help you determine if tummy tuck surgery is for you. We encourage you to schedule a consultation to learn how a tummy tuck can transform your life.
Liposuction removes fat cells from under your skin. This is achieved by making small incisions in your abdomen or any other area you’d like to contour, through which the fat is gently broken up, dissolved and suctioned away. It involves no surgery but also does not remove extra or stretched out skin.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from your tummy. It is recommended for patients who have done everything they can to lose weight and trim their waistline yet retain a stubborn flab of excess skin and fat in their midsection.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
The ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women in relatively good physical shape who are unhappy with an excess of skin or fat in the abdominal area. This could be due to substantial weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, leaving extra skin that no amount of exercise or dieting can remove. You’re not an ideal candidate if you’re simply looking for a way to lose weight. Neither liposuction nor tummy tuck procedures are weight loss treatments.
I'm worried about the scar from a tummy tuck. Will it be visible?
A tummy tuck does involve a scar, low within your pelvic area. A horizontal incision is made right below your bikini line, ensuring that it remains well hidden even when wearing a swimsuit. You can view some examples in our Before and After Gallery.
Yes. In fact, they are natural complements of each other, and combining them into one procedure when done right may reduce trauma and discomfort. Such a procedure is also called a lipoabdominoplasty. However, they can also be performed separately. Call us to schedule a consultation to determine whether a tummy tuck or NuBody Liposuction or a combination of the two is best to achieve your body contouring goals.
Can tummy tucks and breast augmentation be combined?
Yes! In fact, many women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth and lost the elasticity of their skin and the shape of their bust combine both procedures in what we call a Mommy Makeover. Our surgeon will be happy to help you determine whether a Mommy Makeover is the ideal procedure for you.
How long will it take to recover from a tummy tuck?
With our combination of IV sedation with local anesthesia, we are able to significantly reduce your recovery time versus patients who undergo general anesthesia. Most of our tummy tuck patients are back at work after one week, depending on their job. It is recommended you abstain from exercise and heavy lifting for a minimum of two weeks after tummy tuck surgery.
What is the difference between a mini and a standard tummy tuck?
Both standard and mini tummy tucks begin with an incision in the pubic region below the bikini line—a short one for a mini tummy tuck, and a slightly longer one for a full tummy tuck.
In a full or standard tummy tuck, excess skin and fat in the tummy area is removed and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. A standard tummy tuck can remove much more extra skin and addresses loose muscles from either pregnancy or significant weight gain followed by weight loss.
For a mini tummy tuck, or what we also call a mommy tuck, your doctor primarily tightens the skin of the lower abdomen. It is a good option for moms or women who have lost weight and now have extra loose skin around the beltline.
To determine whether a mini or standard tummy tuck is best for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our expert plastic surgeon. He will evaluate your body and assess your individual goals to get you the tummy you want.
Can I have a tummy tuck if I'm not done having children?
Yes. It is possible to have a tummy tuck and go through pregnancy afterward. While some women prefer to wait with tummy tuck surgery until they are done with childbirth, there is no reason you can’t have a tummy tuck at any time. If you have questions or concerns about childbirth and tummy tucks, it is best to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon.