Q: Am I a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A: Candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good health, are minimally or moderately overweight, and bothered by a large fat deposit and loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The tummy tuck surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients can be improved. Also the large volumes of excess skin produced by significant weight loss are well addressed by the tummy tuck procedure. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery until they have reached their final weight. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: Procedures vary in scope and are frequently subdivided into categories. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a complete tummy tuck can take 2 to 5 hours. A Mini-Tummy Tuck can be completed between 1 to 2 hours.

Q:  How much recovery time do I need for a Tummy Tuck?

A: Tummy Tuck is one of the more involved plastic surgery procedures. A return to light, non-strenuous work is permitted usually within two weeks following Tummy Tuck surgery. In six to eight weeks, patients may return to aerobic workouts and more strenuous activities. More moderate forms of exercise, such as walking, low intensity treadmill and elliptical exercise are permitted earlier.

Q: How long will I feel pain following the procedure?

A: Postoperative recovery is very important to Dr. Orloff. He frequently utilizes a pain pump following a tummy tuck. This continuously infuses pain medication in the surgical site making your recovery much more comfortable. Patients get up with more ease and faster. They can return to their jobs and usual activities sooner. This also cuts down on the number of pain pills patients have to take and reduces the side effects of sleepiness and nausea. You should expect some bruising and swelling after surgery, but this will subside over time.

Q: What will my Tummy Tuck scar look like?

A: Exact scar appearance is not entirely predictable and varies from patient to patient. It usually takes six to twelve months before the final appearance. The good news is that the primary scar is easy to hide under all types of underwear and most one and two piece bathing suits.

Q: Can a Tummy Tuck get rid of stretch marks?

A: Yes it can, but it all depends on their location. All stretch marks and scars below the belly button will be completely removed after surgery. Any stretch marks located above the belly button will be transferred to a much lower position on the abdomen.

Q: How long will my Tummy Tuck results last?

A: In the absence of significant weight gain and loss, or pregnancy, the necessity of a second tummy tuck procedure would be unlikely.