Tummy Tuck: Facts and Considerations

As one of the more dramatic cosmetic procedures available, abdominoplasty, better known as tummy tuck, is not something that should be considered lightly. The results, however, can be astonishing. A poll taken by RealSelf.com indicates that 95 percent of those who’ve undergone tummy tuck surgery say it’s “worth-it”. Unlike liposuction which is used only to remove fat, tummy tuck is intended to eliminate excess and sagging skin as a result of weight loss as well as to remove fat. Tummy tuck can also help those with a protruding belly that is out of proportion with the rest of the body or whose abdominal muscles are weakened or separated, usually as a result of pregnancy.


Before Surgery


Tummy tuck is best for candidates, men or women, in good health who are within 15 percent of their goal weight. They are people who may have previously been obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin or women who have had several pregnancies and would benefit from tightening of the abdominal muscles. Women who plan on getting pregnant again should wait until they are done having children.

There are few things to keep in mind when choosing to undergo tummy tuck. First try to be in optimal health. Good nutrition will help you heal better and faster. Of course, smoking is not acceptable as it can have negative consequences with healing and increase the risk of infection. It is also important to be off all aspirin, motrin, ibuprofen or any medication or herbal supplement that can affect bleeding and coagulation.


Tummy Tuck Surgical Options


When considering tummy tuck, you want to consider the options. For the more significant abdominal wall laxity, I recommend a complete abdominoplasty, which involves an incision from hipbone to hipbone. I make this incision low to be hidden under bathing suits and undergarments. I contour the skin, tissue and muscles as much as possible while tightening weakened abdominal muscles via a permanent suture down the midline. Liposuction of the hips is also done if needed. The complete tummy tuck typically involves a scar around the navel as well and drainage tubes during recovery. It takes about 6 weeks to return to full activity.


Mini Tummy Tuck


For those with the majority of their excess fat and skin below the navel, a partial or mini tummy tuck is a great alternative. The incision is similar, though it does not involve making an incision around the navel. The procedure tends to be shorter and recovery is easier and faster.

Keep in mind tummy tuck is not an alternative weight loss method. Nonetheless, it can be exceptionally beneficial offering excellent results when done properly and on the right candidate.

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