Glenn M. Davis, M.D., FACS
Can you have a tummy tuck and hysterectomy performed at the same time?
With the cooperation of your gynecologist, an abdominoplasty can be performed at the same time as hysterectomy. There is the obvious saving of an anesthesia and recovery period but the costs may not be shared. The procedure must be planned well in advance with each surgeon understanding his area of responsibility.
I am a 51-year-old white female with diabetes of 4 years, controlled with oral medication. I quit smoking 4 years ago, put on weight and became diabetic. I have since lost that weight (35 lbs.), but I am still about 40 lbs. overweight. I have a "hangy" stomach since the birth of my first child. Would I be a candidate for a tummy tuck? Also, are there any medical reasons an insurance company would pay for this and the operation would not be considered cosmetic?
Without a complete examination, I can only advise based on the information presented. In general, it seems that an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) would be appropriate. Depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, the surgical plan might include a combination of liposuction and a "mini" abdominoplasty. Having this covered by insurance would be extremely unlikely.
I am 5’5” and weigh 120 pounds. I exercise frequently but my lower abs are a problem area. I want a low-risk procedure to correct this and am considering Lipo-dissolve. What is your opinion?
Lipo-dissolve" is an unproven technique. To thin the fat between the skin and muscle liposuction will permanently remove some of the excess fat and can sculpt your shape. A full evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon can give you all the choices and inform you of the risks.