Tummy Tuck Q & A
Sometimes no matter how much you exercise and work out to control your weight, it is not enough to give you a well-toned stomach. Even if your body weight is considered normal for your specific height, you can still have an abdomen with excess, sagging skin. The abdominoplasty – commonly referred to as a tummy tuck – is a surgical procedure that tightens abdominal muscles while removing excess fat and skin.
A tummy tuck may be the answer for you if you have:
- Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
- Excess fat concentrated in your abdomen
- Abdominal skin that sags
- A protruding abdomen that is not in proportion with the rest of your body
Tummy tucks are generally performed as an outpatient procedure using a general anesthetic. You may be allowed to go home a few hours after the surgery. While there are always risks with any surgery, complications from tummy tucks are rare.
What happens after tummy tuck surgery?
For the first several days after surgery, it is best to take short walks that serve to encourage blood circulation. You should avoid sitting for long periods of time. Strenuous activities must be avoided at all costs. After a few weeks, you can resume most normal activities. There is to be some level of swelling and bruising expected for the first few weeks after the surgery. If you are considering a tummy tuck in Florida, give Strax Rejuvenation Clinic a call to schedule a consultation.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Some people who have tried and failed to lose that spare tire around their middle might be thinking of having a tummy tuck but don’t know exactly what it entails. Tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that gives the patient a tighter, flatter stomach after aging, weight fluctuation or pregnancy have made the stomach muscles weak and the skin around of the abdomen flabby. A tummy tuck flattens the skin and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. The plastic surgeon can also remove fat from the area.
There are several types of tummy tuck. The first kind is the standard tummy tuck. In this operation, the surgeon makes incisions into the abdomen above the bikini line. The belly button is severed from the surrounding skin, and then stretched muscles are pulled together and stitched into place. Excess, unwanted fat is also removed. The skin is then pulled down, and the excess skin is trimmed away. The belly button is then repositioned and the surgical incisions are closed with stitches. The lower abdomen is then covered with bandages.
In the mini tummy tuck, only the skin below the belly button is removed. This might also be called a floating abdominoplasty. It’s called this because at one point the bellybutton is detached and seems to float above the muscles. The belly button is reattached after the skin has been tightened. The belly button might even be moved down a bit if the patient wants it. The FAB procedure can also be used with liposuction, which is the removal of unwanted fat through a cannula.In an extended tummy tuck, extra fat and skin from the abdomen as well as the back are removed.
All of these procedures will leave slight scaring, but these can usually be hidden below the line of the bikini bottom or underwear.
The patient may be given general anesthesia or sedation before the surgery. A general anesthetic will put the patient to sleep while sedation will leave the patient awake but very relaxed. He or she won’t feel pain.The stitches from the tummy tuck are usually removed within a week, and deeper stitches are taken out after about two or three weeks. The patient must be careful to attend follow-up exams with the cosmetic surgeon to make sure that all is going as it should.
Most people make a complete recovery within weeks and are very pleased with the results of the tummy tuck.
For the first several days after surgery, it is best to take short walks that serve to encourage blood circulation. You should avoid sitting for long periods of time. Strenuous activities must be avoided at all costs. After a few weeks, you can resume most normal activities.There is to be some level of swelling and bruising expected for the first few weeks after the surgery. As of 2010, 144,929 tummy tucks were performed in the United States.
The mommy makeover usually includes not only a tummy tuck but other plastic surgeries as well, including breast reduction or augmentation, rhinoplasty and maybe non-invasive procedures like Botox injections.
The certified Florida plastic surgeons at Strax Rejuvenation Clinic in Florida perform many kinds of cosmetic surgeries, including tummy tucks, Lap Band® surgery, breast augmentation, liposuction, facelifts, neck lifts, hair grafts, eyelid Surgery and vaginal rejuvenation and virtually every type of cosmetic surgery. Their unbeatable track record for safety and patient satisfaction has made them the busiest cosmetic surgery clinic in the country.
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