Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Questions and Answers Archive

Nov
2001

Q&A: Can I have 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:

 David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

A tummy tuck will not interfer with having a baby. The pregnancy may undo some of the benefit of the tummy tuck. David M. Metzner, M.D. 504.885.9555 985.892.4675 866.298.5249 toll free

-- David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Nov
2001

Q&A: What is the difference between a mini and a full Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and the cost difference?

Question:

What is the difference between a full and a mini-abdominoplasty? Is there a difference in price? Would the scar be in the same place as my c-section scar? Can you recommend a doctor in the Salt Lake City Utah area?

- Dawn

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Dawn, A full abdominoplasty is one where there is a hip to hip incision and a lot of skin is removed. A mini-abdominoplasty is performed through your c-section scar and only a little or no skin is removed but the abdominal wall muscles are tightened. There is a difference in price of about $2000 to $4000 with a full abdominoplasty costing from $6000 to $8000. There are a lot of plastic surgeons in the Salt Lake City area, I would suggest David Dingman, Larry Leonard, Larry Patton or Bradford Rockwell.

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



Nov
2001

Q&A: To flatten my stomach after three C-sections, will I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Question:

I am an attractive 30 yr. old woman but after 3 c-sections my lower abdomen is poochy and beginning to sag. Would liposuction work on this or would I need to get a tummy tuck?

- Dawn

Answer 1:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Ms. Paxton, Your question is one that can only be answered by consultating with a Plastic Surgeon. The purpose of the consultation is to examine you, listen to your goals, and to discuss your options emphasizing the benefits and limitations of each. With liposuction fat is removed, with no benefit to skin or muscular support. Tummy tuck tightens skin and muscles, too. I suggest you make an appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. David M. Metzner, M.D. 504.885.9555 985.892.4675

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Dawn, It sounds as though their is excessive skin and muscle laxity which liposuction will not help. A full or mini-abdominoplasty would be the best procedure for you depending upon skin excess.

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



Oct
2001

Q&A: What should be done if I have too much skin over my abdomen after having two liposuctions and I plan to get pregnant again?

Question:

hi, i'm a 31 yr. old female and had liposuction twice on my abdomen, i'm 5'3 and 110 pd. 80%of my body fat seem to be in my stomach, my first lipo i wasn't satisfied because the moment i ate food i got fat bulges coming out on my sides and lower ab, so my doc. redid it, it seems to me that he took out pretty much all the fat out, but my waist is still fatty feeling, it seems like i have fat rolls, but i think that maybe it could be excess skin,when i tighten my abs it goes pretty flat but my skin feels and looks like an old lady's skin, kind of like "chicken skin" very loose but the rest of my body my skin is very tight, but the first time he did my lipo my skin was firm, do you think that maybe he took out too much fat?.. do you recommend a tummy tuck for this, i don't want to do lipo again, and if you do recommend a tummy tuck how is the scar situation for this and also what if i decide to get pregnant will that put me back to square one or worse with stretch marks, please help..thanks

- rachel

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Rachel, The skin can only contract so much after liposuction surgery. If there was too much fat removed and your skin could not contract fully after its removal, you have excess skin. You do not say when the second liposuction was performed but, given that it was several months ago, you likely have skin excess. The only way of dealing with this is by some sort of tummy tuck, with a larger scar being necessary for the more skin that needs to be removed. If you are going to have children I would suggest that you wait until after pregnancy or else you will likely need to have the procedure repeated in the future.

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



Sep
2001

Q&A: Can someone help me with my loose skin all over my body from loosing 175 pounds?

Question:

I have lost 174 pounds. I have loose skin all over my body, can anyone reconstruct my body. I work out at Bally Total Fitness and I have muscle tone but you cannot see it because of the skin. Can you help me?

- Virginia

Answer 1:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

Congratulations for your weight loss. I suspect that you need not only a tummy tuck but medial/lateral thigh lift belt lipectomies. Photos would be helpful.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Virginia, Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep up the good work. Visit with a plastic surgeon for your options in removing the excess skin. There are a number of procedures such as lower body lift, abdominoplasty, brachioplasty (arm lift) that can help. I have worked with a number of former sumatori (sumo wrestlers) who retired and lost many hundreds of pounds. The contour can be greatly improved with the only drawback being a number of long scars at various placed on your body.

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



Aug
2001

Q&A, Could a tummy tuck be performed to flatten my tummy and at the same time get insurance to cover this and scar repair from a gallbladder surgery?

Question:

I am a 36 yr old,three children, that has had gallbladder surg. which resulted in a incisional hernia which was repaired twice with failure , finally the third time was repaired again with mesh. After this surgery i have what looks like a fat roll but have never had that before. Could it be scar tissue? I also have had four bikini cuts due to ovarian cysts surg. I have done many things to try to flatten my tummy again with no satisfaction, If i had a tummy tuck how much recovery time will that take and would insurance cover the hernia scar tissue issue? What would be the right way to approach my insurance about this before consultation or involve the doctor i choose? Thank you for you time- Robin

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Robin, You certainly have had a number of problems in your abdominal area. I would suggest that you visit with a plastic surgeon who can determine if there is significant herniation and if your risk vs benefit is in favour of performing a modified abdominoplasty procedure. A true abdominoplasty is likely out of the question with the amount of surgery that you have had and the scarring that is present. He/she should be able to approach your insurance company to determine what will be covered by your policy prior to the surgery.

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



Jul
2001

Q&A: I had Lap RNY gastric bypass surgery and have a lot of excess skin. Am I right for a body list?

Question:

I had Lap RNY gastric bypass surgery 6/24/01. I am loosing weight at a steady gradual pace. I already have redundant skin from past dieting. I have hanging skin on my breasts,abdomen,upper arms and upper legs. When I attain my weight loss goal, I wish to speak with and meet a board certified plastic surgeon who will evaluate me and remove the redundant skin on my ever shrinking body. I am a registered nurse and I fully understand the risks involved. I desire a surgeon who will work with me to achieve a "normal" physical appearance. Thank you, Susan M. Stitt RN

Answer:

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

Dear Susan, It is important that you see a plastic surgeon who has quite a bit of experience with body lifts, as it is not the same as a tummy tuck, for example. Please let me know if you need further assistance Josh Korman, M.D. wwwkormanmd.com

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



Jul
2001

Q&A: What do I do to have my stomach reduced in size?

Question:

i would like to know about reducing the size of your stomach. not removing fat.but cutting away part of the stomach.

- ann

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Ann, I take it that you mean stomach "stapling" for weight reduction in which case the above answer is correct. If you mean removing extra skin and fat from your abdomen, you need to visit with a plastic surgeon and obtain information on a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.

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



May
2001

Q&A: What is the difference between plastic surgery and liposuction?

Question:

Hello, I am a 34years old female. I would like to do plastic surgery or liposuction. I do not know the difference of this. Kindly explain this. How much the cost take this surgery. I want to do hip & stomach portion. thanks.

- MEENA

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Meena, Liposuction is a type of plastic surgery. I think that what you are asking is if you need liposuction or a tummy tuck. The factors which enter into that decision are the amount of fat present, the condition of your skin and the condition of the muscle supporting the abdomen. You should visit with a plastic surgeon in order to determine if liposuction is a good procedure for you or if you need the more extensive surgery. Liposuction costs about $2000 per paired area of the body (like the outer thighs) and a tummy tuck can cost from $4000 to $8000 depending upon what is required to be performed.

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