Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Questions and Answers Archive

Jan
2002

Q&A: What type of scar results from a tummy tuck, can it be removed by laser and how long after the tummy tuck surgery?

Question:

What type of scare does a tummy tuck leave? Can I have the scare removed by lazer? How soon after the tummy tuck?

- Leah

Answer:

 David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Leah, The length of the scar is based on how much skin you need removed. I place it so that it is covered by the bottom of a 2 piece bathing suit. The scars fade with time but do not disappear. They can not be removed by laser. David M. Metzner,MD

-- David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Jan
2002

Q&A: Would surgery to improve my flabby waistline be a minor or a major procedure and what kind of scar would be left?

Question:

I have excess, wrinkled skin right at my waistline since having a child 25 yrs. ago. I weigh 123, and am 5'2" and am just slightly flabby, not obese. Would this be a minor or major procedure to improve this, and what kind of scar would be left?

- Sharon

Answer:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Dear Sharon, You may be a candidate for a version of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The length of the resulting scar will be proportional to the amount of extra skin that has to be removed. I suggest you see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to determine your individual needs. David M. Metzner, MD

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Feb
2002

Q&A: What can I do to minimize the look of my scar as a result of a tummy tuck followed by a hysterectomy?

Question:

I had a tummy tuck in 1994. The next year, 1995, I had to have a hysterectomy. The cut made for the hysterectomy was on top of the previous scar from the tummy tuck. It left a terrible purple, wide scar. What can I have done to make it look better? Would a scar revision be in order?

- Beverly

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Beverly, A scar revision is all that is needed. Both scars would be removed and a new scar made which would, likely, heal in an acceptable manner, much like after your first procedure.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jan
2002

Q&A: What can I do to tighten my abdomen and deal with stretch marks if I have tried exercise and creams?

Question:

I'm 4'11' and about 115 pounds. I had one child seven years ago. Due to the pregnancy my abdomanal area really got stretched out.I now have loose skin and a lot of stretch marks.I work out regularly and eat well.I've used firming lotions, vitamin E oil,cocoa butter cream, and stretchaway cream. nothing has worked. My self esteem is very low because of this. Please let me know what I can I do, or have done and how much it will cost. Thank you.

- Leah

Answer 1:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Leah, As you have already discovered, there is no effective treatment for stretch marks. However, you are probably a candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), which will tighten the skin and remove the stretch marks that are in the skin that is removed. I suggest you see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to determine your individual needs. David M. Metzner, MD

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Leah, About your only solution would be a tummy tuck with repair of the abdominal wall muscle. The cost would be about $5000 to $7000. This would rid you of most of your upper abdominal stretch marks although you may still have some on your lower abdomen after the procedure.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii

Answer 3:

Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

It sounds as though you really need an abdominoplasty ( tummy tuck) to take care of the strech marks and stretched out skin. Prices vary but probably costs in the neighborhood of 6,000-8,000 dollars. Many physicians have excellent financing however.Best of luck

--Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mountain View, California



Feb
2002

Q&A: How long after a tummy tuck and breast lift will it be before I can return to work, working with young children?

Question:

I am going to have surgery done very soon and was wondering how long after tummy tuck surgery and a breast lift will I have to be out of work? I work with young children and do lots of moving around. Thank you!

- Norma

Answer:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

The best person to answer your question is the plastic surgeon who is going to do your surgery, as techniques and routines vary. It also depends on your type of work. You probably need to anticipate at least 2 weeks. David M. Metzner, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Dec
2001

Q&A: What is the normal healing time for a tummy tuck surgery (Abdominoplasty)?

Question:

I was going to have a tummy tuck surgery done. I was wondering what the normal healing time for this was?

Answer 1:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Assuming no complications, most are active with in 2 weeks, and back in the gym at 4-6 weeks. David M. Metzner, MD

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Norma, A little of that depends upon the extent of the procedure and whether your muscle is being tightened or not. The usual time to return to full activity is about one month.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2001

Q&A: I'm 19 and had a baby at 17, what is involved with a tummy tuck for the stretch marks

Question:

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

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

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
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2001

Q&A: Will I have issues with my abdominal muscles having been sown tight and I am now pregnant with twins?

Question:

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.

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

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
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2001

Q&A: Can I carry and birth a baby if I previously had a tummy tuck?

Question:

If you have had a tummy tuck, is there any possible way of having a baby? Even though your belly button was moved to another place.

- Lynn

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Of course, Lynn, Many women have pregnancies after an abdominoplasty procedure. Some of the flattening work and work on the muscle may be undone by the pregnancy. This procedure can certainly be repeated if desired and needed.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii