Serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (the mid Atlantic states)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S.
TUMMY TUCK FAQ’s
Q. Will insurance cover any part of my Tummy Tuck?
A. Unfortunately, no part of cosmetic procedures are covered by insurance.
Q. My doctor tells me I need a hysterectomy. Can I do a Tummy Tuck at the same time?
A. Definitely! Dr. Bond often does medical procedures ( hysterectomy, fibroid removal, hernia surgery) at the same time as a Tummy Tuck or other cosmetic surgery. She will operate with a General Surgeon and you’ll even get a hefty discount at the hospital.
Q. How long will I be out of work after a Tummy Tuck? I’m concerned that I will be out of work for a long time.
A. Dr. Bond usually recommends that you take off 2 to 3 weeks depending on the type of work you do. If your job requires very strenuous work or heavy lifting, you may want to be out longer. Our office will be happy to complete any disability forms so that you can take time off from work without sacrificing a paycheck.
Q. After giving birth to my daughter, my belly hangs over a lot. I tried exercising and dieting and everything else to get rid of the stretched skin on my stomach. Would liposuction help me?
A. Probably not. Exercise is great for cardio and will tone your underlying muscles, but it won’t change stretched skin or remove fat without weight loss. You’ll need a Tummy Tuck to remove the excess skin, sew together the underlying muscles and —– the waist with liposuction as part of the procedure.
Q. I already have a C-Section scar; will I have 2 scars after a Tummy Tuck?
A. No, Dr. Bond will make her incision(cut) at the site of the existing scar. After the surgery you will have one longer, but prettier scar.
Q. I had lap band surgery and lost 95 pounds. Will my insurance cover a Tummy Tuck ; they paid for the lap band?
A. It is unlikely that insurance will cover a Tummy Tuck since it is considered to be a “cosmetic” procedure, even though you lost the weight by having a medical procedure.
Q. How long before I can have sexual relations after a Tummy Tuck?
A. After about 4 weeks.
Q. When can I get back to exercising?
A. No abdominal exercises, crunches, sit-ups for at least 3 months. After 3 weeks you can return to walking on the ground on a treadmill.
Q. Will I have drains?
A. Yes. One on each side of the lower abdomen to remove excess fluids to keep down swelling. They are usually removed after about one week.
Q. Can a Tummy Tuck be done without a scar?
A. No. In order to remove the excess stretched skin from pregnancy or massive weight loss, you will have a scar from hip to hip where the skin is pulled down and removed. This will result in a beautiful, smooth contour of your new body.
Q. What if I just get Liposuction of my baby “pouch”?
A. Liposuction will remove excess fat from the area, but if your skin is stretched , you will still have a pouch. Lipo will make it flatter and less noticeable under clothes, but it will still be there.
Q. After having a baby, I have diastasus recti and it looks horrible. My stomach muscles are loose and jiggly. Will a Tummy Tuck fix it?
A. Definitely! Dr. Bond will plicate (sew together) the abdominal muscles so she can pull smooth, tight skin over tight muscles.
Q. After a Tummy Tuck, will I have a new belly button?
A. No, but since the skin is pulled down to cover the opening of your navel, Dr. Bond will create a new opening to your original navel. She’s known for making pretty little “innies”.
Q. Will I have to wear a tight girdle after my Tummy Tuck?
A. For about 6-8 weeks, you will wear a compression garment to keep down swelling and help the skin adhere back smoothly to the muscle. Many patients choose to wear it even longer. They say that they actually feel more “put together” wearing a compression garment.
Q. Will I have to stay in the hospital after the surgery?
A. Dr. Bond usually advises her Tummy Tuck patients to stay in the hospital overnight o be most comfortable.
Q. I’m a type 2 diabetic with a lot of stomach fat. Can I get a Tummy Tuck?
A. As with any patient who has a pre-existing medical condition, we will require that you get written clearance from your medical doctor.
Q. Tummy Tuck fees are a lot cheaper in the Dominican Republic. Why shouldn’t I go there?
A. Dr. Bond’s fee includes a year of follow up visits. It also includes any revisions that may be needed. After care is necessary so that the doctor can monitor your wound healing and scar control. Airports and planes are nor the cleanest places in the world; it is possible to pick up an infection. When you get off the plane, you’re on your own. Your insurance will not cover complications from a cosmetic surgery. Adding in the additional fees for airfare, hotel and meals, it may be less of a bargain than you think.
Q. Can I pay on a payment plan?
A. All fees are due before your surgery, but we will advise you regarding the ways that you can finance your surgery and pay back in anywhere from 6 months to 5 years.
If you feel a tummy tuck procedure could enhance your look, please call our office at (973) 509-0007 to schedule your personalized consultation. Let Dr. Sheila Bond help you look your best. Visit our plastic/cosmetic surgery office located in Montclair, New Jersey (NJ). We serve patients from Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex counties, as well as Jersey City, Newark, NJ and all surrounding areas including New York (NY).
We look forward to meeting you in person.