Tummy Tuck Questions
What is the difference between an abdominoplasty and a mini-abdominoplasty?
As opposed to a full tummy tuck, a mini-abdominoplasty employs a shorter incision (and therefore leaves a shorter scar). There is no relocation of the belly button. You may be a candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty if most of your loose skin is below your belly button with muscle laxity confined to the lower abdomen. Liposuction can be combined with both procedures. As a general rule, the more loose skin you are trying to correct, the longer the scar and the increased likelihood necessity relocate the belly button and perform a full abdominoplasty.
What is the difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction?
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that targets not just excess fat, but also excess skin and slack abdominal muscles to improve the appearance of your tummy region. Learn whether you are a candidate for Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
What is a high lateral tension abdominoplasty?
In contrast to previous abdominoplasty techniques, high lateral tension abdominoplasty developed by Dr. Ted Lockwood places less tension on the pubic area and more tension over the anterior thigh region. This means you can get a better result with less scarring and can be combined with more aggressive liposuction to enhance the contour of your waist and tummy.
Are drains used?
Drains are usually placed in both types of tummy tucks and may remain in place up to one week.
What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?
Most patients will require 1-2 weeks off work for a recovery from a tummy tuck. You should be able to return to exercise and aerobic activities within 4 to 6 weeks. Everyone’s healing rates are different, however, and Dr. Linderman will talk to you during the follow-up period to let you know when you can return to various activities.
What is the cost of tummy tuck surgery?
The total price of full tummy tuck surgery including surgeon’s fee, anesthesia and facility fee is $7000.
This is a ballpark fee and may vary with your size and weight and the amount of liposuction, which may or may not be performed. Schedule a consultation for a full evaluation.
What is the cost of a mini tummy tuck?
The total price for mini tummy tuck including surgeon’s fee, anesthesia and facility charges is $5000. However additional liposuction in other areas may be done which may affect the total cost.
When can I return to work after abdominoplasty surgery?
You should be able to return to work by two weeks after full abdominoplasty surgery. You would be restricted in lifting anything over ten pounds for the first two weeks postoperatively; with no heavy lifting for the first four weeks after surgery. You may resume driving two weeks after abdominal surgery.
If you have a job that requires heavy lifting such as 20-40 pounds, Dr. Linderman may have you on restriction for a slightly longer period of time before you would be released to go back to work.
The recovery time for the mini-abdominoplasty is usually about one week with the same ten pound weight lifting restriction.
When can I begin exercising?
Dr. Linderman usually encourages you to begin leisurely, short walks the week after surgery to aid in circulation. You may gradually lengthen your walks as you heal. You will be able to resume jogging or high impact aerobics approximately four to six weeks after abdominoplasty surgery once receiving the okay from Dr. Linderman. Additionally, you would not be able to use a hot tub for about four weeks.
Are there any medications I should not take before abdominal surgery?
In preparation for your abdominoplasty, Dr. Linderman will have you refrain from taking aspirin and all aspirin related products for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. This will help decrease the risk of bleeding which can be caused by these products.
Also, intake of Vitamin E should be limited to only what is found in a multi-vitamin, no large volume doses two weeks before or two weeks after abdominal surgery because this can also cause a bleeding tendency.
Are herbal remedies safe to continue taking before abdominal surgery?
Often overlooked are the negative effects herbal remedies may have upon anesthesia, drug interaction, bleeding tendency, or the body’s ability to heal after abdominoplasty. Simply because a product carries a label saying it is “natural” does not mean it is necessarily safe when interacting with other drugs.
Examples of herbal remedies to be avoided prior to surgery are Ephedra, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Kava, Melatonin, Valerian, Ginkgo, Echinacea, Garlic, Bilberry, Cayenne, and Ginger. Check with Dr. Linderman to find out how long you need to be off particular herbal remedies before surgery.
Will I have scars after tummy tuck surgery?
There are always surgical scars produced after tummy tuck surgery. Some patients will produce better scars than others but in most cases the overall appearance will improve with time. All patients must understand that it may take up to one and a half years for your tummy tuck scar to mature. This includes softening and loss of redness. Some scars may be wider than others. Dr. Linderman makes every effort to locate your final scar within your bathing suit lines.
Why Choose Dr. Linderman for tummy tuck surgery in Indiana?
In addition to his extensive experience, tummy tuck is an operation for which Dr. Richard Linderman has a particular interest and has adapted several new innovative techniques including, high lateral tension abdominoplasty and circumferential body contouring. A shapelier abdomen with better waist definition is obtained. You can see examples of these great results for yourself in our before and after gallery.
To learn more about tummy tuck or Dr. Linderman, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.By Dr. Richard Linderman