Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions related to abdominoplasty (tummy tuck):

Q: My surgeon said I should have a tummy tuck instead ofliposuction because I have too much loose skin. Why wouldabdomen surgery be better for me?

A: The best candidates for liposuction have firm, elastic skin. If it is likely that the abdominal skin might hang down in an unattractive fold after liposuction, a surgeon may recommend an abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” instead. The main goal of this operation is to remove loose, stretched skin on the abdomen, but it also can remove excess fat.

Q: What will I look like after a tummy tuck?

A: Expect a flatter, firmer abdomen. The results may not be apparent for months, as it takes time for swelling and bruises to disappear. There will be some scars, but these will fade over time.

Q: How soon can I return to work after a tummy tuck?

A: How long you will need to take off work depends on your general fitness and the extent of your surgery. If you feel well, you may return to light work in one to three weeks. Heavy lifting requires a month or more of recovery.

Q: What is a mini-tummy tuck?

A: This partial procedure removes excess skin in a smaller area of the belly (just the lower part of the abdomen) than with a complete abdominoplasty. Unlike in a full abdominoplasty, the belly button is usually not moved. The surgeon may tighten the abdominal muscles along with removing skin and fat. A mini-abdominoplasty can give very good results.

Q: Will insurance pay for a tummy tuck?

A: If you are having the surgery for cosmetic reasons, most insurance companies will not pay for it. Health insurance may cover part or all of the surgery if it is done mainly to improve function or along with a medically needed procedure such as a hernia operation. Ask your insurance company whether it will cover the costs of your surgery.

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