Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Associates
Vincent D. Lepore, MD
2581 Samaritan Drive #102
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-4241

Tummy Tuck FAQ

San Jose-area residents considering a tummy tuck typically arrive for their consultations with a number of questions. Dr. Vincent Lepore addresses in detail each of your concerns, providing you customized information to help you feel confident about moving forward. To help your consultation go as smoothly as possible, this page features some of the most common questions patients ask about getting a tummy tuck either alone or combined with other procedures as part of a Mommy Makeover.

If you're looking in San Jose or the surrounding area for a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring procedures, request a free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Lepore using our online form, or call our office at (408) 356-4241 to schedule an appointment.

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Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

This is a common question for people who are concerned about the look of their midsections. In most cases, liposuction is used only to remove excess fat. If you're concerned about small pockets of fat and your skin retains most of its elasticity, then liposuction alone may produce the desired results. A tummy tuck, on the other hand, removes excess skin and fat, and repairs stretched abdominal muscles. Dr. Lepore often uses liposuction during a tummy tuck to sculpt a contoured abdominal area and ensure smooth results. He can help you determine whether liposuction, tummy tuck, or both would best suit your goals.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures besides liposuction?

Absolutely. Combining a tummy tuck with cosmetic breast enhancement, such as a breast lift with or without implants, is commonly called a Mommy Makeover. The changes that occur in a woman's body after pregnancy and breastfeeding can be reversed to a great degree through plastic surgery. Combining these procedures can be done safely, with an added element of convenience. Dr. Lepore has extensive experience performing Mommy Makeovers.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is a less-extensive version of the procedure, usually using a shorter scar. For patients whose excess skin is limited to the area below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck can address the issue using a single horizontal incision just above the pubic area. No second incision around the belly button is needed, as is common in a full tummy tuck. A mini procedure usually requires a shorter recovery period, but it's not appropriate for everyone. Dr. Lepore can determine whether you are a candidate during an exam.

Can I have more children after a tummy tuck?

It is completely safe to become pregnant and have children after undergoing a tummy tuck, but it may affect your cosmetic results by stretching the abdominal muscles and skin. If you are planning to have a child in the future, that is something you should discuss with Dr. Lepore during your consultation. He is happy to work with you to find a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

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How much weight can I lose with a tummy tuck?

Although a tummy tuck does contour the body and remove small amounts of fat, it is not a weight-loss surgery. A tummy tuck is effective for patients who have already lost a significant amount of weight, either after pregnancy, through lifestyle changes, or after undergoing bariatric surgery. Good candidates for a tummy tuck are at or near the weight they want to maintain and are in good overall health. Dr. Lepore is happy to meet with patients who are interested in losing weight and finishing off their transformations with a tummy tuck or other procedure.

How long do the results last?

The results of a tummy tuck are considered permanent. Patients who exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices can enjoy a flatter midsection for years.

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What does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck in San Jose, as with all cosmetic plastic surgery, depends on a range of factors, including the extent of the procedure itself and whether you want to combine it with other treatments. Dr. Lepore is committed to making cosmetic surgery accessible to as many patients as possible, and offers financing plans for qualified individuals.

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