Tummy tuck also called abdominoplasty flattenes abdomen by removing excess fat and skin from abdominal area and tightening the muscles.
A firm, flat abdomen is a sign of beautiful body counter.
Who Are The Best Candidates For An Abdominoplasty?
This procedure is suitable for both men and women who are in good general health overall and are at stable weight.
Diet and exercise have helped you lose weight, but your abdomen still protrudes and lacks tone.
Women who have muscles and skin stretched after several pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin.
A tummy tuck is also alternative for men or women who where obese at one point in their lives, and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in abdominal area.
When Should You Avoid An Abdominoplasty:
If you are a woman who is still planning to have children, you may want to postpone a tummy tuck until you are trough bearing children, during surgery, your vertical muscles are tighten. Future pregnancies can separate these muscles and cause a hernia.
Are you still planning to lose a lot of weight? Then you do want to consider a tummy tuck until your weight is stabilized.
One thing to be considering that a tummy tuck causes scarring on abdomen. This scar is usually long and might be noticeable. If this is something you don’t want, you may want to reconsider.
What Happens During A Tummy Tuck?
Depending on how much fat and skin you’re having removed and the technique your surgeon is using, the operation can take between two and four hours.
There are several types of tummy tuck. The one you have will depend on how much skin and fat you have removed. Your surgeon will discuss this with you and explain which type is most suitable for you and why. Occasionally, liposuction may also be done at the same time as your tummy tuck, but your surgeon will explain whether this is needed.
Standard Tummy Tuck
Your surgeon will make a cut in your abdomen from hip to hip along your pubic area (in women this is also called your bikini line). They’ll make another cut around your belly button to free it from the surrounding skin. Then the repair will tighten your abdominal muscles and remove excess fat and skin. The remaining skin is pulled down and a new hole is made for your belly button so that it is in the correct position.
You’ll have a scar around your belly button and a long curved scar on your abdomen above your pubic area. Because of the normal pattern of pubic hair, the scar is generally higher in men than in women. You can usually hide these scars with your underwear or with swimwear such as a bikini or shorts, but this may not always be possible.
Mini Tummy Tuck
You can have a mini tummy tuck if you only need to have a small amount of skin or fat removed. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from below your belly button and you usually have liposuction at the same time. Afterward, you’ll have a curved scar on your abdomen above your pubic area. This may be slightly shorter than with a standard tummy tuck. Your belly button stays in the same place, but it may be a slightly different shape.
What to expect during a tummy tuck?
– Surgery may take anywhere from 2-4 hrs. You will receive general anesthesia. This surgery may require 2-4 days stay.
When can I return to work?
-You may be ready to return to work after 2-4 weeks. If you have sitting job(desk) you should be able to go back to work on the early side of this time frame, but if your jobs involves liftining, straining or other strenuous activities, except to take up to a month away from such tasks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes the extra skin and fat of the abdomen and repairs the paired six-pack muscles that may have separated after childbirth, weight gain, or aging. After a tummy tuck, patients enjoy a flat abdominal contour and a stronger core.
In tummy tuck surgeon will remove excess skin from your tummy and give your slim shape . He will also repair muscle to give toned abdomen look. You will have a scar in abdomen same as Cesarean scar.
You may be ready to return to work after 2-4 weeks. If you have sitting job(desk) you should be able to go back to work on the early side of this time frame, but if your jobs involves liftining, straining or other strenuous activities, except to take up to a month away from such tasks.
On the day of your procedure, you should plan to be at the surgery center for at least 3 ½ hours. The surgery itself takes approximately 2 1/2 hours in surgery and the remaining time will be spent administering anesthesia and preparing you to go home.
The actual cost of the surgery depends on what your surgeon wants to charge. On average, it costs about $5,500. There may also be extra costs for anesthesia and use of the operating room. Ask your surgeon about all the costs ahead of time.
Many patients have questions about the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Where a tummy tuck reconstructs the muscles underneath and removes excess skin, liposuction only removes excess fat. Liposuction will not remove or reduce loose, hanging, or excess skin.