Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the procedures, treatments or services that we provide? Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office if you need additional information, (401) 331-2303. We are always pleased to assist you.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) FAQs
Do I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?
What is a "Mini-abdominoplasty"?
What kind of anesthesia is used for this operation?
Where is the operation done?

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) FAQs

Do I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?

Liposuction just removes fat, while a tummy tuck removes the extra skin as well. The tummy tuck is mainly useful after pregnancy or significant weight loss, when the skin has become stretched and will not tighten back up with exercise alone.

What is a "Mini-abdominoplasty"?

In a regular abdominoplasty the skin is pulled down so far that the umbilicus (belly button) has to be freed up and repositioned. If not that much skin needs to be removed, the umbilicus may not have to be repositioned.

What kind of anesthesia is used for this operation?

Our center uses local anesthesia with sedation. This means that an IV is started, and that’s all you would remember until afterwards. The patient is sound asleep during the operation even though not under general anesthesia – there is no breathing tube necessary. And waking up and going home afterwards is quite easy and safe.

Where is the operation done?

It is done in the Dudley Street Operatory, a fully accredited facility adjacent to Rhode Island Hospital. Here you have the best of both worlds: a private, discrete, pleasant site, yet adjacent to the hospital and staffed by the same anesthesiologists the hospital uses.

Please call our office (401) 331-2303 today to make your appointment with Dr. Edstrom.