Dr. Adrian Lo is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Here the Doctor has answered some of the common questions bizymoms visitors have about Tummy Tuck.
Q. What is a Tummy Tuck?
A. A tummy tuck operation is excellent for removing the loose skin of the abdomen, tightening your abdominal muscles and removing the excess fat by liposuction. I perform the operation in the safety and sterility of the hospital. The surgery takes about 2 hours and you go home the same day. Pain is minimal as I use a pain pump in all my patients.most patients are back to work in 7-10 days. Exercise is begun at 2 weeks.
Q. How is a tummy tuck performed?
A. The surgery is performed by making a cut low down in the bikini or underwear line and extends from hip to hip. There is usually a scar around the belly button as well.
Q. Are there risks and complications to a tummy tuck?
A. Yes, not many but include scarring, infection, numbness of skin
Q. Will a person have a scar after the tummy tuck?
A. Yes, a permanent scar but usually heals well and will be hidden in underwear or bikini.
Q. How much does a tummy tuck cost?
A. The total cost of the surgery including all hospital and anesthesia fee ranges
from $7000- $10,000.
Q. How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?
A. As long as a woman takes care of themselves, control their weight and does not get pregnant again,
should last their lifetime.
Q. Will smoking slow down the healing process?
A. Yes, can cause major healing problems, many surgeons will not perform tummy tucks on smokers. Must stop smoking 2 weeks before surgery and 2 weeks after.