Tummy Tuck FAQs
Question: Is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery safe?
Answer: Although any surgery has risks, abdominoplasty is a commonly performed procedure. The complications from tummy tuck surgery are very similar to other procedures we do and will be discussed thoroughly at your consultation.
Question: Is the patient satisfaction rate very high after tummy tuck surgery?
Answer: Yes, it is one of the highest. The results are impressive and long lasting.
Question: I’ve heard my posture will improve once I’ve had a tummy tuck. Is this true?
Answer: Posture can improve if there is substantial tummy muscle laxity producing a forward tilt to the hips prior to the surgery. Tightening the tummy muscles frequently reduces the tilt to a more normal position, and by default, improves one´s posture.
Question: Isn’t tummy tuck surgery basically weight loss surgery?
Answer: No. Certainly the tissue that is removed does weigh something, typically only a few pounds, but abdominoplasty is a contour procedure that improves shape.
Question: I hate the thought of having drains after my tummy tuck surgery. What are my options?
Answer: For certain people, depending upon their history and some other factors, drains may not be necessary. This simplifies the recovery considerably. You should discuss this possiblity with your surgeon during your consultation.
Question: Is a mini-tummy tuck the same thing as a standard tummy tuck?
Answer: A “mini tummy tuck” involves limited tightening of the skin, with optional muscle repair. Recovery is much quicker and may not require an overnight stay at the hospital unless combined with other procedures.
Question: I won’t have to exercise anymore to keep my tight stomach after tummy tuck surgery, right?
Answer: Exercise is always beneficial for overall health. This surgery creates results that exceed those obtained with exercise alone. However, exercise can enhance and extend the results of surgery.
Question: I’m a smoker. Will I have to cut back before my tummy tuck surgery?
Answer: Absolutely! Smoking and nicotine inhibit skin circulation and wound healing. They also make anesthesia riskier. Smoking, nicotine use, chewing tobacco and nicotine gum must be stopped at least 8 weeks prior to surgery to avoid serious, unnecessary complications.
Question: What if there is still too much fatty tissue in my stomach area after my tummy tuck surgery?
Answer: This is unlikely after tummy tuck surgery. More commonly, it is fat in the hip/flank area that you might notice more now that your tummy is much flatter and more contoured. The doctor will address these concerns with you during your consultation.
Question: Will my scar be big? Can I hide it in my underwear or bathing suit?
Answer: Typically it runs from hip to hip, but is designed to fit within a two-piece bathing suit, underwear or briefs.