Can abdominoplasty get rid of a C-section scar?
A tummy tuck cannot usually remove a C-section scar, but Dr. Goldberg may be able to re-use this incision for your abdominoplasty procedure. This can allow you to avoid additional scarring in the lower abdomen. Dr. Goldberg will discuss whether the recycling of your C-section scar is possible during your consultation.
Is a tummy tuck able to remove stretch marks?
A tummy tuck may be able to eliminate stretch marks depending on the location of your stretch marks and the extent of your needs. Patients usually have a higher chance of successful removal if the stretch marks are concentrated in the region wherein excess abdominal skin is removed, which is typically below the naval.
Does insurance cover a tummy tuck?
Insurance usually doesn’t provide any coverage for cosmetic procedures like abdominoplasty, but our office accepts financing plans from qualified patients to make out-of-pocket costs more flexible. Financing is offered through CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® Credit, which are both national healthcare lending companies that are frequently utilized for cosmetic treatments and elective procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery.
What should I eat after a tummy tuck?
After abdominoplasty, sticking to a healthy diet can often speed up your recovery and optimize the healing process. Foods that are low in sodium and rich in protein, vitamins, and zinc are advisable, with an ideal diet typically including grains, nuts, leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and lean meats.
What is seroma after a tummy tuck?
A seroma is a relatively common reaction after tummy tuck surgery and other procedures in which a substantial volume of tissue was removed/disrupted. Seromas refer to a collection of fluid (serum) underneath the skin, typically taking the form of a lump or bump. A seroma will usually disappear on its own, but you should consult a doctor if you experience pain or fever-like symptoms from a seroma.
Is a non-nurgical tummy tuck possible?
At this time, there is no non-invasive treatment or technique that can achieve the same results as a tummy tuck without surgery. As a procedure that aims to repair the abdominal muscles as well as elevate and redrape the skin, a tummy tuck is simply unmatched by non-surgical treatments like “fat burning” creams, compression binders, or the Tummy Tuck Belt®. The Tummy Tuck Belt®, in particular, is advertised to achieve the same effects as a tummy tuck through a daily regimen of applying a “thermal accelerating” cream, then wearing the belt for ten minutes while performing certain standing exercises. Needless to say, this cannot replicate the outcome of a procedure designed to surgically correct the anatomy of the skin and muscles.
These products purport to reproduce the same outcome as abdominoplasty without surgery; however, there is no scientific or medical evidence to support these claims. A tummy tuck is currently the only effective body contouring procedure that can not only correct diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles), but also provide long-lasting results.
Can I gain weight after a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty does not prevent patients from gaining weight, therefore it’s essential to complement your tummy tuck results with an active lifestyle in order to keep your weight as stable as possible. Recurrent weight fluctuation can, again, separate the abdominal muscles as well as decrease skin elasticity, possibly leading to some of the same concerns that a tummy tuck originally sought to correct. For this reason, we advise maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen to help ensure results endure long into the future.
Does a male tummy tuck differ from a female tummy tuck?
Although the surgical techniques are generally the same for both male and female patients, an individual’s natural anatomical indicators — as well as the distinctive ideals of beauty held by men and women respectively — may influence how the procedure is performed. For example, women generally desire a curvier body contour when compared to men, who often aim to preserve a sleek, masculine aesthetic. These factors will be accounted for during your tummy tuck to ensure your goals are achieved without sacrificing natural-looking results. That said, the goal of every procedure is to make your desired aesthetic a reality, and Dr. Goldberg will ultimately perform a tummy tuck according to your needs and wishes for the outcome.
How do I prepare for abdominoplasty?
Dr. Goldberg will provide you with detailed information about how to prepare for your tummy tuck, but patients can generally expect to abstain from smoking for a period of time before and after the procedure. Dr. Goldberg may also ask you to avoid taking certain medications, such as NSAIDs, to reduce bleeding and bruising during surgery. Since the procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, you will need to arrange a ride to and from the surgical facility with a friend or loved one. We advise having someone available to help you with daily household tasks and/or child supervision in the first few days of your recovery. Dr. Goldberg will fully explain other necessary pre-operative instructions during your appointment.
What’s the difference between a tummy tuck and a panniculectomy?
A tummy tuck and a panniculectomy are both surgeries designed to treat the abdominal region, but these procedures differ in many respects. A panniculectomy is performed to remove the “apron” of excess skin and tissue on the lower abdomen, often to alleviate skin rashes, irritation, and chafing. Unlike abdominoplasty, a panniculectomy does not repair the underlying abdominal musculature and is not typically considered a cosmetic procedure. Although the outcome of both surgical options can look similar, abdominoplasty is performed for aesthetic purposes while a panniculectomy is usually pursued for medical reasons.