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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Below find a list of common Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions.

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Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions 1-6 provided by Mariam Awada, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Michigan. Click here to visit Dr. Awada's My Tummy Tuck USA site.

1. Why would I need a Tummy Tuck?
2. What can you tell me about the procedure?
3. Can I combine a tummy tuck with other plastic surgery procedures?
4. What are the surgical descriptions?
5. What should I anticipate about the recovery?
6. What other information will help in my decision making?
7. Why choose a board certified plastic surgeon?
8. How does a plastic surgeon become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

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1. Why would I need a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the abdominal wall to create a smoother, flatter, and firmer contour. Women who have been pregnant or have excess abdominal skin and fat resulting from aging or weight change can greatly benefit from a tummy tuck. Although dieting and working out may help you lose weight and tone your muscles, they will not tighten your loose skin, nor will they tighten your loose inner girdle. A tummy tuck can dramatically help you improve the contour of your abdomen by tightening your inner girdle and removing unwanted excess skin and fat to achieve a flat, firm abdomen and waistline you always desired.

 

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2. What can you tell me about the procedure?

A well camouflaged incision is made in a natural skin crease of the bikini area. The abdominal inner girdle (muscle fascia) is tightened to create a wash board effect, and the excess skin and fat are removed. The belly button is repositioned to a more aesthetic location depending upon the amount of excess skin and fat that is removed.

 

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3. Can I combine a tummy tuck with other plastic surgery procedures?

Many patients who have a tummy tuck, also desire to have liposuction of their hips at the same time to achieve a more aesthetic body contour. In general, a tummy tuck can be done alone or in conjunction with liposuction or any other plastic surgery procedure if safety permits.

 

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4. What are the surgical descriptions?

The procedure takes two to four hours depending on the size of the patient. It takes place in an accredited day surgery facility or a hospital. It can be performed as a day surgery or require an overnight stay depending on your overall health and the extent of surgery.

 

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5. What should I anticipate about the recovery?

Mild to moderate swelling and discomfort is to be expected although bruising is minimal. You should plan on not driving or working for 7-10 days and no vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for 4 weeks. Drains are may be placed under the abdominal flap to prevent any fluid collection and are usually removed after 5- 10 days in the office.

 

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6. What other information will help in my decision making?
  • You should defer having this procedure until you have finished childbearing. Otherwise, the benefits you gain by having a tummy tuck will be undone by another pregnancy.
  • If you smoke you will place yourself at an increased risk for complications and should defer having this procedure until you have discontinued smoking for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Some patients have excess fatty deposits in their hips as well and may benefit from hip liposuction at the same time as the tummy tuck to achieve the best contour.
  • If you only have a small amount of excess skin, then you may be a candidate for a limited incision abdominoplasty also know as a mini- tummy tuck.
 

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7. Why choose a board certified plastic surgeon?

Many patients do not know, that in most states, a licensed physician may perform plastic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery. This means someone not trained in Plastic Surgery could be performing your surgery. A common mistake patients make, is asking the surgeon if he or she is board certified. This is a good first step, but you need to ask specifically, is he or she board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You don't want a doctor, board certified in Dentistry, performing a facelift, or tummy tuck on you. Always ask, are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only one approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This certified plastic surgeons to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.

 

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8. How does a plastic surgeon become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these tough requirements:

  • The plastic surgeon must graduate from an accredited school.
  • Complete a combination of at least five years of general surgery and plastic surgery residency training.
  • They then must pass a comprehensive oral examination given by ABPS plastic surgeons.
  • They then have to wait a year, if they pass, and then take the written exams.
  • It does not stop there. After receiving there Board Certification, they have to regularly attend medical education courses, and have to adhere to a strict code of ethics.
  • All surgeries performed must be done in an accredited surgical facility
 

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