Tummy tuck, also known as “abdominoplasty,” is a surgery used to remove the excess skin and fat on the abdomen that sometimes accumulates after pregnancy, obesity, or with age. During a full tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles that have become stretched out or that have lost strength and elasticity over time are tightened. Candidates for a tummy tuck must be in good health without any pre-existing medical conditions. Discussing your goals with your surgeon will be the best way to find out whether you are a candidate for a tummy tuck.
A consultation to discuss your options for a tummy tuck is the best way to find out if it is right for you. It involves talking with the surgeon and telling him or her what you are looking to achieve through tummy tuck surgery. The surgeon may also give you an examination. At this consultation, you will also have a chance to look at before-and-after photos of other tummy tuck patients to observe the results.
Tummy tuck procedures can be performed in several different ways, most of which differ in the amount of tissue that is removed and the shape and placement of the incision. Most of the time, the incision is placed in the most inconspicuous areas, but sometimes, this is not possible. Some techniques for the incision go completely horizontal and straight while others follow along with the bikini line. Your body’s needs will determine the best placement option for you. Many patients will be able to return to work anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on how extensive the surgery is and what you do for a living. You will start to see a difference after the swelling subsides and the drains are taken out. A tummy tuck is considered a very invasive procedure, and you need to give your body time to heal so that you will reap the many benefits of the procedure.
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