Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?
A tummy tuck can be performed at the same time with another procedure. A usual comnbination would be a tummy tuck with liposuction and breast augmenation, tummy tuck and breast lift (or reduction), tummy tuck and labiaplasty, tummy tuck and rhinoplasty, tummy tuck and eyelid surgery. Depending on how much work needs to be done, patient's age, and patient's health, Dr. Grigoryants will recommend whether to perform those procedures at the same time or separately.
What is a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover is not a medical term but a combination of plastic surgical procedures performed to improve the appearance of the body after childbearing. A frequent combination includes a tummy tuck with liposuction and some type of breast reshaping. It could be any other combination of procedures.
Example: This patient underwent breast augmenation with a small lift, tummy tuck with liposuction of abdomen, flanks, pubis (lipoabdominoplast)y, and liposuction of outer thights. Note how proper placement of the tummy tuck incision allowed the scar to be covered by thin underwear.
Will a tummy tuck elimiate stretch marks?
Those stretch marks that are located within the skin area to be removed during the procedure (areas between the belly button and pubis, as marked above) will be removed. The stretch marks above the upper line will move down.
What is a pubic lift?
Patients with a stetched abdominal skin frequetly have loose skin in the pubis as well. During a tummy tuck, the pubis is lifted and liposuction of the pubis is performed to flatten it. If this step is not performed, then the pubis will likely protrude beyond the level of the abdomen after surgery, which is not aesthetically desirable.
How long does tummy tuck surgery take?
Duration of lipoabdominoplasty depends on the width of the abdomen and amount of liposuction that needs to be performed. In general, the procedure last from 3- 4.5 hours.
How soon can I fly after a tummy tuck?
We recommend to our out-of-town patients to stay locally for at least 10 days surgery. You can fly after a tummy tuck but avoid lifting heavy items for at least 2-3 weeks after surgery.
What happens if I gain or lose weight after a tummy tuck?
Losing weight after a tummy tuck will further improve your result. Weight loss will after a tummy tuck will not usually reult in lose or hanging skin. Weight gain after a tummy tuck will thicken the abdominal flap as resudual fat cells will enlarge. In addition, weight gain will increase of intra-abdominal fat amount which may results in an increased protrusion of the abdominal wall. Therefore, it is important not to gain weight after a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck and smoking
Patients who smoke must stop smoking at least 1 month before surgery and avoid smoking for at least 1 month after surgery. Smoking increases the risk of complications after surgery and affects wound healing.