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Tummy Tuck FAQs

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin in the abdominal area. In most cases it restores weakened or separated abdominal muscles leading to a profile that is smoother, flatter, and firmer.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

A good candidate for abdominoplasty is someone who is close to their ideal weight, but has loose abdominal skin and weakened abdominal muscles either from pregnancy or weight loss.

How long is the recovery process following a tummy tuck?

The recovery process will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the type of tummy tuck procedure performed. For many patients, they will be able to resume some activities during the second week of recovery and be able to resume all activities sometime between 4 and 6 weeks after surgery.

Does a tummy tuck produce scars?

A tummy tuck will produce scarring. To minimize the signs of surgery, Dr. Shuster uses a "bikini line" incision that is concealed by a bathing suit or panties.

Are there any side effects or complications following a tummy tuck?

An abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure, and all major surgeries can have side effects. After a tummy tuck, it is normal to experience some pain and swelling. Other potential complications include bleeding, infection, and fluid collection. Dr. Shuster will discuss all of these potential complications with you in detail.

Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?

Yes, the results of a tummy tuck are permanent. Future pregnancies or large weight fluctuations can detract from the benefits of the surgery.