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Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck is also popular as Abdominoplasty which encompasses the removal of extra fat and skin in the abdominal areas. It also supports the damaged or separated muscles that create a firm abdominal profile making it smooth and firm. Abdominoplasty is common among women after pregnancy, people who have undergone massive weight loss or whoever has a flabby abdomen. Most people are found to have increased confidence after undergoing the procedure.

Reasons for Having Tummy Tuck

Loosening of fat and skin may occur for a number of reasons like:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • C-section surgery
  • Weight fluctuations

When to Consider Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • People with flab, extra skin, and fat on the abdomen that does not respond to diet or even exercise.
  • If pregnancy or abrupt weight loss affects the shape of the abdomen.
  • If the candidate has a desperate desire to get rid of his or her protruding belly.

What to Expect from Tummy Tuck?

  • Tummy Tuck is not a substitute for weight loss program.
  • The results of Tummy Tuck are permanent but the patients will need to maintain these results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Tummy Tuck is not concerned in removing stretch marks directly but the removal of skin may help the patient to get rid of it.

Who is Not Recommended for the Surgery?

  • Anyone who has plans for future pregnancy or massive weight loss is not recommended for the surgery.
  • Candidate suffering from serious illness or heart diseases or diabetes.
  • If the candidate is addicted to smoking or alcohol ten surgeons recommend to quit these habits before opting for this procedure.

Varieties of Tummy Tuck Surgeries

  • Complete Abdominoplasty- In this surgery, the surgery will make incisions across the hip bones and then contour the skin, tissue, and muscle as required. The surgery may involve repositioning or tightening of the belly button.
  • Mini Abdominoplasty- This procedure is suitable for people who have fat deposits around the naval area but the difference is it does not include removing the belly button. Mini Tummy Tuck is highly recommended for people who have a nearly shaped body with less fat.
  • Extended Tummy Tuck- This procedure is nothing but getting rid of the love handles on both sides of the waist by removing extra skin and fat as well from the stomach. The extended Tummy Tuck is highly effective for treating larger areas.
  • Endoscopic Tummy Tuck- Endoscopic Tummy Tuck is effective for people with weak abdominal muscle, minimum fat and extra skin in their abdomen. The procedure includes the insertion of a tiny camera through a tube to determine the separation of abdominal muscles at the belly.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

  • The surgery begins with medical tests and consultation with the surgeon and then marking the areas to be corrected.
  • Surgeons usually perform the procedure under local anesthesia to avoid a painful procedure.
  • The incisions made in the procedure depends on the type of procedure that the patients undergo and the desired result they intend to achieve. For primary tummy, tuck incisions will be made between the hip bones. In full Abdominoplasty the incisions are made around the naval and for a mini tummy tuck, the incisions made are shorter.
  • The surgery includes the removal of loosened skin and tightening of the abdominal muscle.
  • Finally, at the end of the procedure, the abdominal muscles are sutured and also the incisions.

Downtime and Recovery

  • Immediately after the surgery, the operated area will be dressed. The stitched area will be bandaged
  • The first few weeks after the surgery will be painful but with proper medication that might diminish.
  • To recover completely and get the final results it may take six months or more (that may vary).
  • The first week after the surgery may be tough but gradually after a week or two things might get easier.
  • The first week after the surgery may be tough but gradually after a week or two things might get easier.

Possible Complications

  • Pain and swelling after few days of the surgery though surgeons in most cases prescribe medicines for pain.
  • Numbness, bruising.
  • Chances of infection, bleeding, blood clot formation.
  • The slow rate of recovery.
  • Scars left behind after the surgery.

Scars Associated with Tummy Tuck

The incisions marks are normally V or U shaped and are found across the hip bones. This makes the scars to be kept hidden easily under the bikini. However, the length, shape, and type of the incisions will differ from person to person depending on their preferences and choices. The scars may also be observed around the navel.