Abdominoplasty, better known as a "tummy tuck," is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
A tummy tuck is nearly always performed under general anesthesia, but can be performed under local anesthesia, along with intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia depending on your health, the extent of the procedure and whether you are having other procedures at the same time.
Some surgeons perform abdominoplasty in an outpatient surgical center, but most prefer a hospital setting where you can recover overnight. An abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two.
A tummy tuck is not an alternative to losing weight.
In fact, many board certified surgeons will suggest alternatives for patients who are more than 15 percent over their ideal body weight. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are those who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise.
Women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal are good candidates for this procedure, as well as older patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity.
Otherwise known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is an operative method intended to make the abdominal region look better. By getting rid of the extra fat and skin and reducing the muscles of the abdomen, the tummy is made flat.
Recovery time is different for each individual. Some, within two to four weeks, can go back to work after the operation, however laborious work should be delayed for four to six weeks after.
Even though times are different depending on each individual's situation, the common tummy tuck surgery can be anywhere from two to five hours long.
If anesthesia is used for the operation then it should not hurt. You will, however, feel uncomfortable and have some tenderness. Your surgeon will provide you with medicine for these symptoms.
Yes, your tummy tuck results will change should you get pregnant. Pregnancy can take apart the tightening of the vertical muscles which is done during the procedure. If you plan on getting pregnant then it’s best to wait until afterwards to get the operation.
Usually the price of a tummy tuck is not covered by insurance, although in some situations, such as spreading of the anterior muscles or a hernia, insurance may cover a portion of the cost.
Tummy tuck results can be extremely long-term. By eating well and remaining in good physical shape you can preserve your new shape.
Usually for a tummy tuck a lengthy cut is made right over the pubic region and runs across to each hipbone. Another cut is typically around the belly button. If you’re getting a partial abdominoplasty, then the belly button is not cut and the opening over the pubic region is considerably shorter. The resulting scars will become paler and smooth out over a period of time.
Otherwise known as a mini tummy tuck, partial abdominoplasty is another form of the conventional tummy tuck. The surgery has a smaller cut, and the cut around the belly button is not necessary.
If the stretch marks are in the lower abdomen region, then a tummy tuck generally will get rid of them, however, other stretch marks may not be removed. For an example, on the upper abdomen, stretch marks can be relocated further down, but they could become visually smoother and flatter.
Either a mixture of local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia is typically used for the tummy tuck operation.
Danger can be involved with many types of surgeries. During tummy tuck surgery, the possible problems that can happen are: bleeding under the skin flap, blood clotting, prominent scarring, a virus, slow healing, loss of skin, and the requirement for additional surgery.
Following a tummy tuck, gaining any quantity of weight will be harmful to your overall results.
If you are in good health and have hanging abdominal skin or a fat deposit that is large and doesn’t go away with exercise and eating right, then you may be a good person for getting a tummy tuck. Some women after being pregnant or after gaining a large amount of weight will predominantly have an advantage in getting the operation
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