Will Sutures Need to be Removed After Surgery?

  • Will Sutures Need to be Removed After Surgery?
    Will Sutures Need to be Removed After Surgery?
    Depending on the technique used, there are usually a few stitches around the belly button that need to be removed at the 1-week mark.
  • How Long Will I Be Out of Work?
    How Long Will I Be Out of Work?
    It really depends what you do for work. I recommend at least 2-3 weeks off for most people, but if you have a more physical job then you will need to consider taking 4-6 weeks off work. We also have a lot of patients who can return to work on “light” or “modified” duty.
  • What is Post-Treatment Abdominal Swelling Like?
    What is Post-Treatment Abdominal Swelling Like?
    Swelling varies greatly by patient. Wearing compression garments does help with some of the swelling, but it also takes some time for your body to heal. Swelling typically goes away first in the upper abdomen, followed by the lower abdomen, and finally the pubic area. By about 6 weeks the majority of swelling is gone, but it can take up...
  • What are the most common tummy tuck complications?
    What are the most common tummy tuck complications?
    Complications are similar to other plastic surgery procedures and include bleeding, seroma, infection, and problems with poor scarring. Additionally, compared to other plastic surgery procedures tummy tuck surgery has an increased (although still low) risk of blood clot formation in the legs. On rare occasion this blood clot can travel to the lungs and become a very serious life threatening...
  • Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
    Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
    Yes, however, you will likely stretch your muscles and skin again. This might require additional procedures in the future if you wish to achieve similar results.
  • What are 3 things to look for in a great tummy tuck result?
    What are 3 things to look for in a great tummy tuck result?
    Natural appearance of the belly button, level of the lower abdominal scar, and overall abdominal contour.
  • How Long Does Recovery Take?
    How Long Does Recovery Take?
    A full recovery typically takes about 4-6 weeks.
  • Can I have a full body sculpting at the same time?
    Can I have a full body sculpting at the same time?
    The answer is yes, but we always have to think about safety first. As long as the total amount of time in the OR is kept at a safe level, then it is usually appropriate to combine multiple procedures.
  • When can I pick up my baby or toddler after a tummy tuck?
    When can I pick up my baby or toddler after a tummy tuck?
    I usually recommend trying to wait 4 weeks before picking up small children. You can hold your children at any time if you are sitting or lying down.
  • My Abdomen Feels Tight After Surgery. Will I Hurt Something If I Move?
    My Abdomen Feels Tight After Surgery. Will I Hurt Something If I Move?
    Your abdomen should feel tight after surgery. As long as you are not performing anything strenuous then it is unlikely that you will hurt something. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s guidelines as far as activity level.
  • Is a tummy tuck painful?
    Is a tummy tuck painful?
    The discomfort from a tummy tuck mostly comes from the muscle plication, or tightening. To help alleviate this pain, Dr. Waltzman injects a medication called Exparel into the muscles and around all of the incisions. This medication provides pain relief for up to 72 hours. You should still expect to feel tight and sore, but this medication will help to...
  • How do you recreate the belly button?
    How do you recreate the belly button?
    An incision is made around your belly button, but it is left attached to your body. Once the abdominal skin has been pulled down a new opening is made. Your belly button is then pulled through this new opening and carefully sewn in place. Often times the size is slightly adjusted to fit just right.
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