Tired of doing sit up and still not get the tummy you desired. Then you may consider Tummy tuck procedure, in medical term, it is called Abdominoplasty. It is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen, it flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and also tights the muscles.
Abdominoplasty is recommended for the people who are obsessed and who have lost the elasticity of their skin, or for women whose skin and muscle have been stretched due to the pregnancy. A tummy tuck should not be considered as an alternative to weight loss. It should be last resort when you tried everything else to lose weight. If you are planning a child then you have to postpone the surgery until you have a child as during tummy tuck surgery your vertical muscles are tightened and future pregnancy can separate those muscles. Many people opt for this surgery after pregnancy or bariatric surgery.
It is not the same as liposuction, although you can choose liposuction along with tummy tuck. This is major surgery, so before you decide to consider the facts to go forward.
Who is the candidate for a tummy tuck surgery?
A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have overall good health. Also, don’t get confused between liposuction and tummy tuck, Liposuction is the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits. Although your surgeon may choose to perform liposuction as a part of a tummy tuck.
The best candidate for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is non- smokers who are in a good health condition and at a stable weight.
You might consider for a tummy tuck if:
- You have a weak lower abdominal wall.
- You had a C-section and have retracted scarring.
- You have excess skin that’s accumulated around the area of your belly button.
- Liposuction didn’t adequately improve the appearance.
As tummy tucker is not for everyone, the doctor might caution against your tummy tuck:
- Plan a weight loss.
- Planning pregnancy.
- Have a chronic disease such as diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome.
- BMI is greater than 40.
Risk of Tummy tucker surgery
following risk is associated with usual surgery and anesthesia, the risk for tummy tuck surgery are:
1. Poor wound healing
sometimes area along with incision line heal poorly. A doctor will prescribe antibiotics during and after surgery to prevent a resulting infection.
2. Seroma- Fluid accumulation beneath the skin
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The doctor will remove the excess fluid after surgery using a needle and syringe.
The incision scar is permanent, which are easily hidden bikini line. The length and visibility of the incision scar will vary from person to person.
4. Tissue necrosis
During the surgery, in your abdominal area, fatty tissues deep within your skin might get damaged or die. During in the size of the area, tissue might get heal by its own or you might require a surgical touch-up. Smoking can increase the risk of necrosis.
5. Change in skin sensation
During the tummy tuck change in your abdominal tissues can affect superficial sensory nerves in the abdominal area in your upper thighs. You might feel some numbness; this condition reduces after a few days after the procedure.
How to prepare
1. Medical history
Your plastic surgeon will ask you about your past medical history and concerns. Your past or recent medication, treatment or surgery. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any specific medication.
2. Physical exam
As a treatment your surgeon will examine your tummy, he might take pictures of your abdomen for your medical record. Your surgeon might ask you a few medical tests.
Before the surgery, you might also need to