Below are the answers to some questions Dr. Zuckerman most frequently receives from prospective patients. If you don’t see your question below, feel free to contact Dr. Zuckerman’s office, and a member of his staff will be glad to reach out to you.
• Can I undergo a mini-tummy tuck instead of a full tummy tuck?
In your cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Zuckerman, he can discuss with you whether you may benefit from a mini-tummy tuck. However, 8 times out of 10 in Dr. Zuckerman’s practice, a patient will need the full tummy tuck.
• Can I undergo a liposuction only instead of a full tummy tuck?
If you have skin laxity (excess skin) or muscle separation, then liposuction only will not give you a good result. Liposuction cannot eliminate excess skin; it only removes fat.
• Can I undergo tummy tuck surgery if I would like to lose weight in the future?
If you wish to lose only a moderate amount of weight, you could be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery now. However, patients wishing to lose large amounts of weight should do so before undergoing the surgery.
• Can I undergo tummy tuck surgery if I wish to become pregnant in the future?
I generally recommend that a woman wait until she is finished having children before undergoing tummy tuck surgery.
• Can I undergo tummy tuck and liposuction at the same time?
Yes, my tummy tucks almost all involve liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, and lower back as part of the procedure. The goal is to remove excess fat via liposuction and excess skin via the tummy tuck procedure to reshape your abdominal contour.
• Must I have surgical postoperative drains put in during surgery
Yes, I place drains in the abdomen for all abdominoplasty patients. They typically remain in place for one to two weeks and are not painful to remove. They help prevent collections of fluid called seromas and are quite important. You can shower with them in place, and they require minimal maintenance.
• Can I undergo tummy tuck surgery at the same time as a C-section?
While this may seem like a good idea, it actually is generally agreed by plastic surgeons not to be. During pregnancy, many of the anatomical structures of the abdomen are stretched out. This means that tummy tuck surgery performed at the end of pregnancy could lead to suboptimal results, because the surgeon would have difficulty stretching abdominal skin and tissue tight enough. In addition, tummy tucks performed at this time are associated with a high complication rate including infections. I generally advise patients to wait six months after childbirth before underoing a tummy tuck.
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