Tummy Tuck FAQs
Dr. Kouros Azar has compiled a list of questions he is frequently asked about abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Simi Valley area patients appreciate his unsurpassed surgical abilities and his devoted attention to their safety and comfort.
If you have additional questions about tummy tuck surgery or other cosmetic procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Azar to discuss the possibilities. Or, you can call our office at (805) 373-7073 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.
Do I really need surgery to have a flat abdomen after having children? Maybe I need to work out more.
Diet and exercise can only go so far in improving your shape after pregnancy. For many women, the abdominal skin and muscles have been stretched to the point where they are unable to retract and flatten out. In addition, there can be pockets of stubborn fat that remain. A tummy tuck can flatten your stomach, sculpt your waistline and even define your ab muscles well beyond what is possible with exercise alone.
Will a tummy tuck get rid of stretch marks?
If there are stretch marks on the loose skin that is removed, they will be removed as well. There may be additional stretch marks outside of this area that will remain. Often stretch marks below the belly button are removed during traditional tummy tuck surgery; stretch marks above the belly button are usually moved down when the skin is tightened. Typically the appearance of any remaining stretch marks can be improved with Laser Genesis treatments, but just the tightening of the tummy tuck alone does make them appear improved and less noticeable.
A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Azar develops innovative surgical techniques and is dedicated to providing exceptional outcomes.
Will a tummy tuck leave a scar?
Removing excess skin from the abdomen requires one or more incisions, which will result in a scar. The length of the incision depends on the amount of correction you require. A complete tummy tuck usually requires the longest incision because it provides correction to the upper and lower abdomen, as well as the abdominal muscles. A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter incision. Regardless of the length of the incision, it can be placed discreetly where it will be concealed by clothing and bathing suits. It's important to review your preferences during your consultation to determine the best scar placement for you.
How much time will I need to take off from work for a tummy tuck?
This depends on a few considerations. Above all, it is not advisable to return to work while you require narcotic pain medication. If your job is strenuous or involves significant physical activity, you will need more time off than if you have an office job. Another consideration is the type of correction you require. If you have a complete tummy tuck, you will likely need to take more time off than if you have a mini tummy tuck. Typically, patients who have a non-strenuous job and a complete tummy tuck can return to work and normal daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks, although individual experiences vary. Strenuous work and recreational activities should be delayed for about 6 weeks.
I'm not ready for surgery. Are there alternatives to a tummy tuck?
If your skin is not significantly loose and your abdominal muscles have not been stretched or separated, you may be a candidate for truSculpt™. This new, non-invasive body contouring procedure can reduce inches from your middle with no pain, no incisions and no downtime. Some patients can get the improvements they want from liposuction, which requires only tiny incisions and less recovery time than a tummy tuck.
I can't decide between a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Which should I choose first?
If you are healthy and both procedures are appropriate for you, you don't need to choose. I often combine a tummy tuck with other procedures such as breast augmentation and liposuction for a Mommy Makeover. This customized combination of plastic surgery procedures provides multiple improvements with a single surgery and a single recovery period. For most patients, there is no significant increase in risk associated with combining these procedures.
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