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Tummy Tuck FAQ

Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery wants to be your trusted resource for information on tummy tuck surgery. In Columbia and Baltimore, people know Dr. Fady Sinno as a skilled surgeon who makes them feel comfortable and educated throughout the course of their procedure. If you are considering a tummy tuck, we invite you to take a few minutes and read over our answers to questions often asked by our patients.

We can help you achieve the look you want. Request your consultation online with Dr. Sinno or call us at (410) 884-4200 or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). Dr. Sinno has plastic surgery offices in Ellicott City and Westminster, Maryland.

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Do I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?

Tummy tuck surgery, technically called abdominoplasty, is for women and men who have a protruding midsection due to muscle laxity, excess skin and fat. Liposuction is excellent for removing isolated areas of fat in individuals who have good muscle and skin tone. The best option after pregnancy or massive weight loss is a tummy tuck.

Can a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

No, a tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery. However, it can be a highly beneficial procedure for those who have already lost weight by dieting, exercising and/or having bariatric surgery. If losing a large amount of weight has led to excess skin and fat in your midsection, a tummy tuck may be the procedure for you.

Why can't I restore my abdominal muscles with exercise?

If your abdominal muscles have become weakened or separated, exercise cannot close the gap (called a diastasis recti). Dr. Sinno can repair the separation with internal sutures. This closes the gap and brings the muscles back to their natural position. After you recovery, you can exercise to rebuild core strength for further abdominal flattening. Suturing your abdominal muscles can also take several inches off your waistline.

Can I have a tummy tuck between pregnancies?

A pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery could reverse all of the corrections made during the procedure. To maximize and prolong your results, wait to have a tummy tuck until after you have had your last child.

Can I combine other procedures with a tummy tuck?

Yes. Procedures commonly performed along with a tummy tuck include body contouring and breast enhancement surgeries, such as breast augmentation. Many women choose a mommy makeover procedure, in which a tummy tuck is combined with liposuction and breast enhancement to address the effects of pregnancy.

How painful is abdominoplasty surgery?

Most of the pain after abdominoplasty surgery originates from repairing and tightening the abdominal wall muscles. Dr. Sinno administers long-acting local anesthetics into the abdominal wall muscles at the time of surgery, so patients are very comfortable when they wake up from general anesthesia. In addition, Dr. Sinno strongly recommends the installation of the ON-Q® pain pump device at the time of surgery, so the pain is effectively and automatically controlled for 4 ½ to 5 days using local anesthetics only. This provides safe pain control directly to the surgical site while minimizing the use of narcotic pain killers and avoiding their common side effects.

How can I prepare for my tummy tuck?

Avoid smoking for several weeks prior to your procedure. You should also avoid aspirin and any other blood-thinning medication before your tummy tuck. Make plans to have someone help you around the house after surgery, especially if you have small children. Dr. Sinno will provide detailed post-op instructions at your consultation.

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