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Awake Tummy Tuck – “Awake to Scream?”

Posted Apr 08 2010 12:00am

An Emergency Room doctor in Texas is marketing the “Awake Tummy Tuck.” Apparently she removes some skin under local (numbing shots only) and is touting this as better than the alternative:

In my duties as an expert witness for the California Medical Board, some of the most terrifying cases I have reviewed have involved non-plastic surgeons trying to perform tummy tuck surgery. They simply don’t know what they are doing. In this case it sounds like the surgery is quite limited as they are not going to be able to tighten much under just local anesthesia. It will not compare to what I do in a “real” tummy tuck, but it will be cheaper.

I figure this is a scream. You will either scream during the surgery because you are not adequately under anesthesia or scream afterward because you do not look any better. Caveat emptor.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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