A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that flattens the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck aims to:
- Improve your self-esteem.
- Remove excess loose skin from the front of the abdomen.
- Tighten your stretched or separated abdominal muscles.
- Sculpt your waistline.
- Smooth and flatten your abdominal profile.
Who is the best candidates for a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good health. Women who have had many pregnancies may benefit from the surgery to tighten their abdominal muscles and reduce skin. Moreover, a tummy tuck is an option for men or women who were obese in the past and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.
If you’re planning on getting pregnant, you might want to put off getting a tummy tuck until after you’ve finished having children. Your vertical muscles are tightened during surgery, and future pregnancies may separate those muscles.
If you are planning on losing a significant amount of weight, then the tummy tuck isn’t for you either. After you’ve tried everything else, a belly tuck should be your last option. It should not be used as a weight-loss alternative.
Things to consider before undergoing tummy tuck
To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck at Novomed, you must have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery and recovery time. You must be committed to following all of your doctor’s orders regarding preparation for the procedure and recovery steps afterward. All of this will be explained to you during your initial consultation.
Furthermore, a tummy tuck is not a miracle cure. It is important to be at or near your ideal weight for at least six months because if you gain weight after the procedure, the results will be diminished. It is perfectly safe to give birth after a tummy tuck, but pregnancy may cause deterioration of the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck will not eliminate stretch marks, but they can be improved somewhat if they are located on the areas of the excess skin that will be removed. In addition, you should consider the appearance of scars after a belly tuck.
Before the procedure, you can discuss scar placement and length with the doctor.
Preparation for an abdominoplasty surgery is crucial to the safety and positive outcome of the procedure. Expect to undergo lab testing or a medical evaluation to determine if you are healthy enough for this operation. If you smoke, your doctor will advise you to stop smoking for at least two weeks before the operation and for two weeks afterward, as smoking increases the risk of problems and hinders healing.
Before the procedure, consume meals that are well-balanced and complete. A nutritious diet may aid in your recovery.
Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including prescriptions and herbal supplements. For a period of time before and after the surgery, your surgeon may advise you to stop taking certain medications.
If you opt for outpatient surgery, you must arrange for someone to drive you to the facility and home afterward and stay with you for the night following the procedure.
Tummy tuck options
Here at Novomed Centers, we offer many tummy tuck options to our clients. These include lipoabdominoplasty, lateral extended lipoabdominoplasty, belt lipectomy, fleur-de-lys, mini-abdominoplasty, and reverse abdominoplasty. To save money on anesthesia, you may combine your tummy tuck with several other procedures including full back liposuction, buttock lifting, or fat transfer procedure to augment the breasts or buttocks. If a patient is deemed a suitable candidate, we can perform a 360-degree tummy tuck.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. While we offer the option of combining abdominoplasty with back liposuction, sometimes liposuction of the lower abdominal region is enough to achieve your desired results without having to undergo surgery. This is ideal for men and women who wish to remove excess fat from the abdominal region but do not need to improve the structural integrity of their abdominal walls. If necessary, we are also able to correct hernias during the procedure.
Additionally, there is the option of a mini-tummy tuck, which you could discuss with your surgeon. Here, the surgeon will remove sagging and excess tissue from the area below the belly button, to create a firmer, flatter silhouette. For a less invasive option, we have the latest skin-tightening technology.
How tummy tuck is done?
This surgery can take from one to five hours. You may need to spend the night in the hospital, depending on your situation. You will be given general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep for the duration of the operation.
In most cases, a full abdominoplasty involves:
- The medical practitioner makes a horizontal, curved incision that goes from one hip to the other near the pubic hairline.
- The skin and fatty tissue are lifted from the underlying tissue.
- Separated abdominal muscles are stitched and tightened by the medical practitioner.
- Fat is removed from the body.
- Extra skin is removed.
- The navel is repositioned.
- Stitches, tape, or clips are used to close the wounds.
Recovery time for tummy tuck
The recovery process will vary depending on the extent of the procedure you have, and it is something you should discuss with your surgeon so that you can prepare adequately.
The area that is operated on will be stitched and bandaged. It’s critical to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions for bandage maintenance in the days after surgery. The bandage will be a strong, elastic band that will help during the healing process.
In general, you could return to normal activities after one to two weeks but should avoid strenuous activities for four to six weeks. To guarantee a full recovery, you may need to take up to one month off work after the procedure. Your doctor will advise you on what you should do and what you should avoid.
The majority of people are pleased with the results of this operation. However, this can take some time. Diet and exercise can help you keep the results you’ve achieved.
Schedule your consultation today!
If you think you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck at Novomed, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. Our expert plastic surgeons are happy to discuss with you your surgical goals, previous surgeries, current medications, and other supplements and drug use, and any medical conditions you may have including drug allergies. We want to ensure you choose the right procedure to achieve your goals and that you are healthy enough to have it done at this time.
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