Tummy Tuck FAQ

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Many women and men from all walks of life have made the decision to undergo an abdominoplasty with Dr. Wandra Miles in Seattle. Often called a tummy tuck, this procedure is one of the most popular she performs. The complex, customized nature of tummy tuck surgery often leaves patients with lots of questions. Dr. Miles aims to ensure her patients are educated and informed about their chosen procedure, so she's created a list of some of the questions asked most often by her patients.

If you don't see your question answered here, or if you're ready to take the next step and visit Dr. Miles for a tummy tuck in Seattle, WA, request your personal consultation or call her office at (206) 215-6221. Dr. Miles also serves patients in southern Alaska.

Is it safe to combine another procedure with abdominoplasty?

Yes. Dr. Miles frequently uses liposuction to enhance tummy tuck results. She also combines it with breast enhancement surgery for a mommy makeover to help women return to their pre-pregnancy bodies. For the right patient, it's possible to perform eyelid surgery or a facelift in conjunction with a tummy tuck.

Will a tummy tuck get rid of stretch marks?

Some stretch marks, particularly those that are low on the abdomen, will disappear when skin is removed during the procedure. Stretch marks above the tummy tuck area will not be removed; however, when the abdominal skin is tightened, they may appear less prominent.

How big is a scar from a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck may require an incision just half the width of your abdomen from hip to hip, but the best way to learn what results you can expect is by consulting with Dr. Miles. No two patients are alike, and she customizes her procedures to suit the needs of each one.

What if I hope to get pregnant or lose weight in the future?

It's generally best to have completed your family and be at or near your ideal weight before considering a tummy tuck. The most satisfying, lasting results are achieved for patients whose bodies will not undergo significant changes in the future. There are, however, exceptions to every guideline, so come in and discuss your needs with us.

How does a tummy tuck differ for men and women?

Though the process of the procedure is similar, the desired outcome for men and women is usually quite different. Men usually request a more chiseled, defined abdomen, while women usually seek a flatter, smoother skin, especially after pregnancy or weight fluctuation. Dr. Miles always takes time to listen to her patients, ensuring that both parties are working toward the same goal.

How long does tummy tuck surgery take?

A standard tummy tuck usually lasts between 4 and 5 hours. If other procedures are added, such as liposuction, the surgery may take more time. In most cases, tummy tuck patients are able to return home the same day.

What are the risks of a tummy tuck?

When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, tummy tuck surgery is very safe. However, like any surgery, it does carry some inherent risk. These risks include infection, blood clots, discomfort, swelling, and bleeding. Carefully following your doctor's post-op instructions helps to reduce these risks.