You will no doubt have questions regarding the distinct surgical procedures that Dr. Repta offers. A consultation will provide you with a personalized examination and discussion about your exact goals. In the meantime, we have provided you with a few frequently asked questions and their answers to help further your decision on what type of procedure could be right for you and your body. Above all, it is vital that you feel confident and informed in your decision.
How long does a tummy tuck incision have to be?
Always choose the best result and then accept the incision length that allows you to accomplish that goal. Choosing a shorter incision only to have a less-than-optimal tummy tuck result is not recommended and can result in your full vision for a perfect abdominal not realized.
How long is recovery after a tummy tuck?
About two weeks. Since recovery is a process, the length of the recovery time after a tummy tuck depends on what type of tummy tuck is performed, what is accomplished during the tummy tuck and what the patient considers a full recovery.
How much pain can I expect after a tummy tuck with muscle repair?
As every patient's procedure is an individual experience the level of pain will differ from surgery to surgery. You will more than likely be very sore the first week. The second week will feel better, but many patients still use pain medication at this time. By the third week, most patients are off pain medication and largely able to take care of themselves.
Can liposuction be done at the same time as a tummy tuck?
As most tummy tuck patients benefit from added liposuction it is recommended you take advantage of both during your procedure. When performed properly, liposuction and tummy tuck procedures can be performed together safely and with fantastic results. Some patients can also benefit from non-surgical body contouring procedures such as CoolSculpting.
I've had a tummy tuck in the past but have had children since then. Is it possible to have a second tummy tuck?
Yes, a tummy tuck can be done again. Some or all of the components of a tummy tuck can be performed a second time, including removal of excess skin, tightening of the abdominal wall and liposuction of any excess fat. This is can also be an integral part of a mommy makeover procedure.
Can a tummy tuck be combined with any other surgery?
Yes, a tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift and liposuction. Whether procedures can be combined safely should be determined for each individual patient and will be fully explained during your personal consultation with Dr. Repta.
What can I do to improve the chance of healing after a tummy tuck?
Patients can do a handful of things to improve healing after a tummy tuck. Smoking should be stopped, nutrition should be balanced, good hydration should be maintained after surgery and activity restrictions should be maintained. In the first week, the waist should be bent slightly and the abdominal binder should be worn properly.
How do I know whether I am a candidate for a mini tummy tuck?
Surprisingly, a mini tummy tuck is not defined by the length of the incision, but rather by the preservation of the current belly button shape and location. An ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck, therefore, is someone who does not need any rejuvenation of the abdomen at and above the belly button location.
Is a drain always used with a tummy tuck?
The use of a drain depends on the surgeon and on the type of tummy tuck. I always use a drain, since the potential repercussions of not doing so make drains worth using and its lack of use can lead to corrective surgeries at a later date. The chance of developing a seroma and then a pseudobursa increase if a drain is not used.
How long does the drain stay in?
Dr. Repta prefers to use one drain and often leaves it in for about one week. The length of time the drain needs to stay in depends on each individual, but it is often very close to one week when it can be taken out.
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