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Our Top 7 Questions About a Tummy Tuck

Posted by Chad Deal on Mar 24, 2014 10:53:00 AM

tummy tuck before and afterQ. CAN A TUMMY TUCK HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
A. A Tummy Tuck is not a weight loss surgery. We recommend being close to your ideal weight prior to any cosmetic procedure. It is done to improve the contour of the abdomen and waist and make it flat by removing access skin and fat.

Q. DOES IT HURT?
A. Typically the pain is not severe and lasts 3-7 days. Pain is usually well-controlled with oral medication. Most patients return to work and resume daily activities within 7-14 days.

Q. HOW LONG DOES THE SURGERY TAKE?
A. It varies from person to person, but it typically takes between two - four hours.

Q. WHAT IF I GET PREGNANT AFTER A TUMMY TUCK? IS IT SAFE?
A. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck isn’t dangerous, but it is likely to undo the aesthetic changes made.

Q. ARE THE RESULTS PERMANENT?
A. As long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise to keep weight consistent, results are long-lasting.

Q. DOES IT LEAVE SCARS?
A. Yes, there is a scar on the lower abdomen but it is strategically hidden in clothes and most patients are able to wear a twopiece bathing suit. However, one of the primary reasons patients travel long distances to see our surgeons is the surgical techniques that provide minimal scarring.

Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE FINAL RESULTS?
A. You will notice a dramatic improvement in the contours of the stomach immediately after the surgery. The majority of swelling usually subsides within 4-6 weeks. Final results at 4 months.

Have you been considering a tummy tuck? Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons offer complimentary consultations and look forward to helping you achieve your desired goals. Listen to Judie talk about her personal experience with her tummy tuck.

Topics: Tummy Tuck, Patient Care & Experience