An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) will create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile by removing excess skin and fat from your stomach area. In cases where pregnancy, age or weight fluctuations have caused skin to lose elasticity and sag, a tummy tuck is the ideal treatment for you to regain the flat and well-toned abdomen you strive for. This procedure provides a solution in situations where regular exercise and dieting have had little effect, but is not a substitute for these.
If your stomach area is lacking the smooth firmness that you strive for, a tummy tuck may be your answer to a youthful and well-toned abdominal profile. Patients with larger excess fat deposits and stretched skin caused by pregnancy, age or weigh fluctuations are good candidates for this treatment. In cases where pregnancy or a significant loss of weight is planned in the future, it is recommended to not have a tummy tuck performed until after.
How is a Tummy Tuck performed?
This treatment requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel. The size of this incision will be determined by the degree of treatment necessary. Using the incision, the surgeon will repair and suture weakened abdominal muscles before removing excess skin and fat tissue. A secondary incision near the naval may be needed for removing skin in the upper abdominal area. The incisions are then closed.
This procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis, although occasionally an overnight stay at the hospital may be necessary. Returning to work will be possible within 2-4 weeks; during this time all strenuous activities (including swimming, jogging, heavy housework) should be avoided until they can be done without experiencing pain sensations. Gentle exercise including walking and massage is encouraged as it will speed up the healing process and prevent blood clots. Complete scar healing and return of stamina may take several months.
Risks and Complications
A tummy tuck is considered a relatively safe treatment, though as with every surgical procedure it carries inherent risks. Complications for this procedure include: slow healing, formation of blood clots and infection. Adequate pre surgery preparation and post surgery aftercare can help you significantly reduce the chances of having complications. In all cases, it is the surgeons recommended steps for optimal preparation and recovery that will be of most value to you in ensuring you have a safe procedure and can enjoy your new appearance without unnecessary concerns.
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