Dr. Ortegon Answers Your Tummy Tuck Questions

The tummy tuck has gained a reputation as being the most satisfying cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. However, a procedure of this magnitude often comes with many questions from both those considering a tummy tuck as well as those who have recently undergone the surgery. Dr. Delio Ortegon is our board certified plastic surgeon and has been providing his San Antonio patients with life changing-results and increased self confidence. Today, Dr. Ortegon answers some of your most common questions about tummy tucks.

I lost a major amount of weight and was left with a flabby belly. How can I tighten it up?

This scenario is quite common for many patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight. Patients with weight loss tend to lose elasticity of the skin and also commonly have excess skin. A tummy tuck is often needed to reduce this extra skin and provide for a tighter abdomen.

I’ve heard that diet soda can cause adverse side effects during surgery. Is this true?

I am also a Diet Coke fan and can assure you that there are no known ill effects of diet soda on surgery.

Is it safe to have a tummy tuck if I’ve had a mastectomy?

You are certainly a candidate for a tummy tuck even with breast reconstruction. However, a board certified plastic surgeon is a must especially if you had tissue based reconstruction.

How long will it take before my tummy tuck scar begin to fade?

A lower abdominal scar after a tummy tuck can take 12-18 months to mature and start to fade. It is now normal however to have continued spasm of the abdominal muscle this long after your tummy tuck.

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