FAQ from patients when considering undergoing Tummy Tuck?
Q - What is the type of anesthesia, and when I can return to normal life?
A - According to your preference and the procedure. General anesthesia is the formal. However, Local anesthesia with sedation usually could be used, and you can practice your normal life within 2 days up to few weeks.
Q - What are the symptoms that may occur in the first five days after abdominoplasty procedures?
A - Soreness which could be managed by pain killer’s medications and there may be edema or swelling.
Q - What are the guarantees that the success of the process?
A - There is no doubt that the followers of the medical instructions and close follow up visits are the main factors for the success of any surgical procedure. If not, the process to achieve the agreed outcomes before, the process repeats at reduced cost. The procedure may needs refine touch after 8 months.
Q - When can we get the final results?
A - The final results is achieved within the first three months.
Q - If I gain weight again, may fat accumulate again?
A - No. But other non-treated areas could be.
Q - What is the maximum amount of fat to be removed?
A - Up to 20 Kilograms.
Q - What is ideal age for Abdominoplasty?
A - It could be done at any age above 18 years old.
Q - When could I get pregnancy after Abdominoplasty?
A - After one year you are allowed to get pregnancy but with close follow up by Gynecologist.
Q - If you are not Egyptian, What is the minimum period for follow up?
A - 3 weeks.
Q - What are the contraindications of Lipectomy procedures?
A - There are no absolute contraindications but the patients should inform their surgeons about any allergies, serious medical conditions, medications they may be taking, previous operations and family history of any medical problems. Smokers should stop smoking 2 weeks before surgical procedures to promote the healing process.
Q - Where will the Tummy Tuck procedures be performed?
A - In hospital.
Q - In my case, what is most appropriate procedure in helping me achieve my cosmetic goal? liposuction technique or tummy tuck? In my case, would a "partial abdominoplasty" work as well or better than a "full abdominoplasty"?
A - It depend on the your age, skin redundancy, distribution of body fat and your preference.
Q - How much does apronectomy procedure cost and what elements factor into that cost like hospital fees, anesthesia, and so on?
A - Ranging from 1500 to 2000 U.S. dollars per area. Medical insurance dose not cover these procedures.
Q - What is the surgeon’s level of experience in performing tummy tuck procedures?
A - Consultant or Doctoral in Plastic surgery.
Q - What percentage of patients experience complications with tummy tuck?
A - 6 - 11%
Summary of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedures:
The time of the procedure: from two to three hours.
Type of anesthesia: General anesthesia or local anesthesia +/- sedation.
Location: hospital with postoperative one day hospital stay.
Expected Side effects: Temporary swelling, ecchymosis and pain.
Recovery time: return to work after one week and the final outcome within 3 months.
Cost: according to procedure and treated area: 1500 to 2500 U.S. dollars.