If you have recently given birth, gained or loss a substantial amount of weight, or you’re suffering from the effects of aging, you may begin to notice that you are developing an unflattering midsection that is covered with loose skin and excess fat. There are, however, a number of different ways to fix this issue.
While exercising and dieting contribute to a healthy lifestyle and are the ideal ways to lose weight, these methods aren’t always successful in removing excess skin and stubborn fat. Many people who experience this problem often choose to undergo a tummy tuck to make the changes they desire.
The Benefits of the Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, can help patients obtain a more fit and toned appearance. It is a great option for both men and women who want to improve the contours of their body. It can help eliminate excess fat, repair and tighten the abdominal muscles, and tighten stretched skin.
This procedure is the perfect option for people who were overweight, but lost a significant amount of fat, women who have undergone multiple pregnancies, and people who are relatively fit, but have problems removing excess stubborn fat around the midsection.
There are a number of different tummy tuck techniques available. Your surgeon will begin the process by assessing your body as a whole and deciding on the appropriate technique based on your needs and goals.
You will be put under general anesthesia so that you will remain comfortable during the procedure. Your surgeon will then make the incision to gain access to the underlying tissues and muscles. The location and length of the incision depends on the area being corrected and the type of tummy tuck procedure performed.
Some techniques require the repositioning of the belly button, while others leave it undisturbed. Your surgeon will remove any excess fat and sagging skin tissue during the procedure. He may also tighten the abdominal muscles if they appear loose and weakened. For enhanced results, patients can choose to combine additional treatments. Once the procedure is completed, your surgeon will close the incisions.
Pre-Surgery Instructions And Post-Surgery Care
The tummy tuck procedure is an invasive technique that requires time to recover. A compression garment must be worn and your surgeon will provide instructions on pre-operative and post-operative care.
During your consultation, your surgeon will recommend some basic lifestyle changes that will help facilitate excellent results. These changes may include keeping a watch on your diet and avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking and alcohol. Some medications might have to be avoided so that they do not interfere with the surgery.
The overall downtime you experience varies from patient to patient, but most find that they are able to return to all of their normal activities within a month. In addition to bandages, your surgeon might apply drainage tubes to remove any excess fluids. Emptying the tubes and changing the bandages will be required several times a day.
Strictly following the post-surgery instructions will help speed up the recovery process. This will also help prevent infections and blood clots that might occur around the area where the incisions were made.
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