Long Beach Abdominoplasty Common Questions
Southern California Plastic Surgery Group
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- I am morbidly obese. Is a tummy tuck right for me?
No. A tummy tuck is for people who are in fairly good shape. There are surgical procedures for people who are morbidly obese, such as gastric bypass, which are sometimes confused with a tummy tuck, but they are radically different. Abdominoplasty removes fat and tightens the muscles. It does not affect internal organs.
- Why choose abdominoplasty over liposuction?
Liposuction only removes fat. Abdominoplasty tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and removes excess skin. Some people may only need liposuction, but if the abdominal muscles are stretched, simply removing fat will not correct a protruding abdomen.
- How long does the surgery take?
Complete abdominoplasty normally takes about two to five hours depending on the extensiveness of the procedure. A mini tuck may only take one to two hours.
- Does abdominoplasty leave scars?
Yes. Complete abdominoplasty leaves a permanent scar from hip to hip just above the pubic area. A mini tuck leaves a smaller scar. The scars may seem to get worse during the first three to six months after surgery, but they should flatten and lighten after nine months to a year.
- Are the results permanent?
Yes, if you take care of yourself by eating a proper diet and exercising. Pregnancy and major weight gain will, of course, reverse the results.
- How long is the recovery period?
Abdominoplasty is major surgery. You should start moving around and start mild exercise as soon as possible. You may return to work and light activities in about two weeks, but some people need a month to recuperate. Full recovery can take several months.
- Is abdominoplasty painful?
You will probably feel some pain and discomfort for the first few days after surgery. Dr. Hicks will prescribe pain medication to minimize this discomfort.