It is a body contouring procedure in which we plastic surgeon can remove the hanging skin and tissue from your abdomen area that generally occur following large weight loss and pregnancy.
Abdominoplasty is also known as “tummy tuck”, and this cosmetic surgery is intended to make the abdominal area firmer and slimmer. The surgery entails the removal of fat and excess skin from the upper and lower abdominal walls, so as to tighten both the fascia and the underlying muscle. Abdominal muscles that are sagged due to age or loss of tone can be tightened up by a tummy tuck. Usually the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. However, it is important to note that there are some instances where general anesthesia is required for tummy tucks.
After a thorough medical history review, the surgeon will examine you and assess your condition. If you have diabetes, you will be advised against having the operation as the procedure can cause significant damage to the sensitive nerves and veins of the legs and feet. This is why it is important to disclose all medical conditions even before going into surgery. It is also advisable to discuss your feelings and emotions relating to the operation with the plastic surgeon. This will enable him/her to design an anaesthetic that will give you the best level of comfort and minimize any risks associated with the operation.
You may also be advised to have a pre-operative checkup in order to obtain accurate information about your health prior to surgery. Your skin type and the size of your abdomen will also be assessed before surgery. During the checkup, the doctor will evaluate the status of your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and general appearance. This is because tummy tucks require an incision in the abdomen, which carries the risk of bleeding, infections, and other complications.
Recovery from abdominoplasty is usually very gentle and comfortable. Anesthesia is usually provided and you will be advised to have someone drive you home after the procedure. Surgeons use local anaesthetic ointments for this procedure; however, it is not necessary to have a full bladder prior to the surgery as the surgeons make use of special drains for administering the anaesthetic. The drains are placed under the skin so that you do not feel a thing when they are being used.
Tummy tucks require a day or two of rest following the surgery. The abdominal muscles are gently stretched and a new skin is typically incised in the area. A compression garment is then placed on top of the dress to protect it from infection. Most medical practitioners recommend that you sleep with your legs out in the open for a week or more. You will be encouraged to exercise lightly for about a week following the surgery.
Many people who have had abdominoplasty also have laser hair removal surgery performed at the same time. This is ideal for people who cannot find a good cosmetic surgeon locally or who do not want to travel that far. You should schedule the hair removal operation about four to six weeks before your tummy tuck.
As with any surgical procedures, you should take plenty of precautions to ensure you are able to heal safely and properly. You will need to avoid strenuous activities such as dancing or heavy lifting for at least several weeks. You should stay away from strenuous exercise for at least three months prior to your abdominoplasty.
It is also important to do several stretching workouts to strengthen your abdominal muscles. These workouts should be done no more than a few times each week. You should keep in mind that excess fat will be positioned around your navel once your tummy tuck is complete. Therefore, you must make sure you have a strong core in place to support the new abdominal muscles. This should ensure that your abdominoplasty is a smooth, gentle, and safe process for you.