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Frequently Asked Questions

Tummy Tuck

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?[+]

A full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision located on the lower abdomen, the shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.  Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed.  A second incision around the navel will be made to relocate the navel.  Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.

How long does the surgery take?[+]

Tummy tuck surgery takes approximately 2 ½ -3 hours to perform.

Will I have any drains?[+]

Yes, 1-2 drains will be placed during surgery.  Depending on individual drainage, the drains will be removed in the office within 1-3 weeks following surgery.

How much discomfort will I have?[+]

You will experience a moderate pain level after tummy tuck surgery.  Pain medication will be prescribed and an optional On-Q pain pump which delivers numbing medication into the abdominal area for three days following surgery is available at an additional cost.

When can I go back to work?[+]

Patients with a desk job can return to work in 1 week.  Generally, patients return to work in two weeks with restrictions.

What restrictions will I have?[+]

No lifting over 20 pounds or exercising for 4 weeks.  You will also be required to wear an abdominal binder for 3 weeks or more depending on your abdominal drainage.

Am I a candidate for surgery?[+]

Tummy tuck surgery may be right for you if you are physically/emotionally healthy, at your ideal weight which is stable, have realistic expectations are a non-smoker/non-diabetic and are bothered by excess abdominal skin.

When do I return for follow up care?[+]

You will be seen the day after surgery, one week for suture removal and three weeks following surgery.  Additional visits may be required depending on individual needs at no additional costs.

How long before I see results?[+]

You will see immediate results the day after surgery.  Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.

Will my insurance help pay for the procedure?[+]

Insurance will not cover this procedure.  It is considered cosmetic even in massive weight loss cases.



Liposuction

What is Liposuction?[+]

Dr. Peterson performs the suction assisted liposuction technique, supported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits by inserting a thin hollow cannula through tiny incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion.  The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula.

Is liposuction right for me?[+]

If you are bothered by excess fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise, liposuction may be right for you.  Ideal candidates must be close to their ideal body weight and have a positive outlook with specific goals in mind for body contouring.  Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.  It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite.

What areas can be treated?[+]

The abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, flanks, inner knee, back, upper arms, chin and neck.

Can more than one area be treated at the same time?[+]

Absolutely! There is no additional charge for multiple areas.

How long does it take to perform liposuction?[+]

Surgery generally lasts approximately 2 hours.

Where are the incisions?[+]

Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions generally located in the navel, groin, bikini area on hips, inner knee and just below the chin. Each incision takes 2-3 stitches to close.

How long will I need to recover?[+]

Discomfort depends on the individual and the areas treated.  Most patients are feeling well 2-3 days after surgery, in 5-7 days most patients are able to return to work with restrictions.

What restrictions will I have?[+]

Liposuction patients must avoid heavy lifting and aerobic activities for three weeks.  A surgical compression garment must be worn day and night as well for three weeks.  Two compression garments are included at no additional charge.

How long does bruising and swelling last?[+]

Bruising typically subsides in 2-3 weeks.  It will take 2-3 months for the swelling to resolve before you begin to see your final results.



Breast Reconstruction

Why do women seek treatment?[+]

Overly large breasts can cause some women to have both health and emotional problems.  In addition to self-image issues, they may also experience physical pain and discomfort.  The weight of excess tissue can impair the ability to lead an active life.  The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.

What is done during surgery?[+]

Breast reduction involves removing the excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body.  The results of a smaller, lifted breast with smaller sized and repositioned areola are immediately visible.

How long does surgery take?[+]

Breast reduction surgery takes 2 to 2 ½ hour to perform.

How long will I experience swelling and discomfort?[+]

You will experience moderate discomfort following surgery.  Prescription pain medication will be prescribed.  2-3 days after surgery many patients are feeling well.  Most women return to work in 1-2 weeks with restrictions.  Most swelling resolves in 3-4 weeks.

What kind of scarring will I have?[+]

You will have a circular scar around the areola and an inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern.  These scars will gradually fade over 6-12 months.

What restrictions will I have?[+]

You cannot raise your arms any higher than to fix your hair, no lifting over 20 pounds and no jogging or aerobic activity for 4 weeks following surgery.  A surgical bra, given to you after surgery, must be worn day and night for 4 weeks.

When will I be seen for follow up care?[+]

Patients are seen in the office one day, one week and one month following surgery.

Will insurance cover this procedure?[+]

Depending on your insurance, some insurance companies will cover this procedure if you qualify for benefits.  Dr. Peterson will submit prior approval to your insurance company after your initial consultation.  There is a self-pay option for individuals who do not qualify for benefits or do not have insurance coverage.



Breast Augmentation

What kind of implants do you use?[+]

Dr. Peterson has been using Mentor™ silicone and saline implants since 1993.  Mentor is the only FDA approved breast implant manufactured in the United States.

Do you recommend saline or silicone implants?[+]

Dr Peterson will educate you on the difference between saline and silicone implants during your initial consultation.  Our goal is to provide you with the information to make the best decision that is right for you.

Can you recommend a website for implant and sizing information?[+]

We refer many of our patients to Loveyourlook.com for in-depth information concerning breast augmentation.

How long does surgery take?[+]

Breast Augmentation surgery generally takes 1 ½ hours to complete.

Can I have a breast lift at the same time?[+]

Yes, if you are a candidate, Dr. Peterson performs many breast lifts with breast augmentation.

How long will I have swelling?[+]

Swelling begins to subside in 2-4 weeks.  At 1-2 months swelling is mostly gone but breast may still feel tight and will continue to “settle”.  It takes approximately 6 months for final results to begin to take form for most women.

When can I return to work?[+]

Most women return to work in 3-7 days depending on what kind of work they do.

Will I have restrictions?[+]

You will have 4 weeks of restrictions, no raising arms any higher than to fix your hair, no lifting over 20 pounds and no jogging, bouncing or contact sport activity, a surgical bra provided by our office must be worn day and night.

How often will I see the Doctor after surgery?[+]

We typically see patients the day after surgery, one week for suture removal and a final exam one month following surgery.

How long does it take to get in for consultation and surgery?[+]

Generally, we are able to get you in for consultation within 1-2 weeks.  After consultation we can get most women scheduled for surgery in 2-4 weeks.



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