What are the reasons for a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is performed on those who have excess skin or fat in their abdomen which does not seem to go away despite a healthy diet and exercise. Women might consider a tummy tuck after birth. People might opt for a tummy tuck procedure after extreme weight loss once they have reached their ideal weight.
Tummy tuck surgery can also help reduce the appearance of scars from previous surgeries, boost self esteem and increase cosmetic appeal. There are also medical reasons for a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty can also help reduce urinary incontinence and improve abdominal tone which helps improve posture as well as correcting hernias.
Types of tummy tuck surgery
Your plastic surgeon will discuss your specific needs and desires and then will determine which type of surgery you will need. All of the procedures do require some recovery time, so plan to take some time off from work and follow your doctor’s orders pre and post surgery to guarantee a successful surgery and recovery. You will have to severely limit physical activity and the recovery process may take several months.
You will be sore for several months following the surgery. Your doctor will prescribe the proper pain medications. You may also experience numbness, bruising and extreme fatigue. Average recovery time is usually between six and eight weeks.
This type of surgery is performed on those who need the most work. Your surgeon will make an incision in your lower abdomen which runs from hipbone to hopone. They will then contour and manipulate the skin and muscle until they have the desired result. The doctor will have to make an incision in your belly button to free it from the tissue surrounding it during the procedure. You may have to have drainage tubes under your skin for a few days after your surgery.
Partial or mini abdominoplasty
This procedure is usually performed on those whose fat deposits are located below the belly button. You will most not likely need an incision in your navel during a partial or mini abdominoplasty. The surgery could be performed via an endoscope. or small camera, and may take up to two hours. Again, you may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days after the operation.
This procedure is more those who have an excess of fat in the back as well as the abdomen and removes the fat and skin from both the hoop and back region. This will improve the overall contour of your body.
Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery
As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Some of the risks of tummy tuck surgery include scarring, bleeding, infection, skin loss, blood clots, numbness, changes in skin color, swelling, and accumulation of fluid. These risks are higher in those who have a history of heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, poor circulation, diabetes or are a smoker.