Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Questions and Answers
hi! I am 19 years old and am interested in having a tummy tuck. I had a baby at 17 and I gained 60lbs.The stretch marks are severe and even with exercise the skin is still very loose.I'd like to know exactly what the procedure would involve to remove the loose flesh/stretch marks and what the estimated cost would be.I have only found one doctor in my area (L.Caines from Halifax)that does the procedure but have not contacted him yet.- sarah
Dear Sarah, I trained in Halifax and, unfortunately, Dr. Caines died about two years ago. There are other competent plastic surgeons in the area who can perform an abdominoplasty. What is done is that an incision is made and the skin and soft tissue of the abdomen is raised up to the level of your rib cage. The muscles of your abdomen are then tightened and then the excess skin is removed. A new belly button is made and everything is then closed. Often there is some associated liposuction if needed or desired. The cost varies but is usually somewhere between $4000 and $8000 U.S.
-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Q&A: Will I have issues with my abdominal muscles having been sown tight and I am now pregnant with twins?
Hello, i wonder if you can help me i had a full tummy tuck operation 3- yrs ago, i did not think i would want any more babies. I have just found out i am pregnant with twins, my abdomial muscles had seperated last pregnancy and were sown up, i am worried i may not be able to stretch enough for the babies. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, Regards Rose.
Dear Rose, Congratulations on the pregnancy. Your muscles will stretch and no harm will come to the babies but a lot of what was done at the original surgery may be undone. You may require another procedure in order to re-correct the problem.
--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon