Are You a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
April 19, 2016
Many men and women become frustrated with the extra fat that is located in the abdominal area. Eating healthy, exercising, and staying active are all things people do to try and achieve flat stomachs. Despite these efforts, however, fat can stubbornly remain in the tummy. Dramatic weight loss and pregnancy can also influence this, along with the natural side effects of aging, heredity, and previous surgeries which can also cause extra skin and fat to develop. This extra skin can be removed and corrected with a tummy tuck.
What is a tummy tuck?Abdominoplasty is the term used for a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck will correct the saggy skin and fat in the abdominal area by removing it and leaving you with a flat stomach. The tummy tuck can tighten the abdominal muscles that often become loose or weak and have separated. This creates a toned-looking abdomen that many dream of. Individuals who are interested in this procedure should be of stable weight. Abdominoplasty is not a method that should be used for losing weight. It should be used after weight loss goals have been achieved.
Which tummy tuck is right for you?When discussing whether to have a tummy tuck, it is important to discuss what kind to have. The patient can choose between a full or a mini tummy tuck. This can be decided during the consultation with the surgeon and a recommendation may be made as to what is right for you. Some patients do not have a lot of saggy skin, but do have a pouch they want removed below the belly button area. This can be removed with a mini tummy tuck because it is a smaller, localized area that is the main concern. A mini tummy tuck will require an incision to be made just above the public area. The incision is typicallly smaller than with a full tummy tuck. The skin will be pulled down and the excess will be removed. A fully tummy tuck will require two incisions to be made. The first incision will also be located above the pubic area as in a mini tummy tuck. An additional incision will be located near the belly button to remove additional fat and skin. This allows the skin and fat above and below the belly button to be removed and tightened. The skin will then be lifted and the excess can be removed. Separated muscles can also be repaired. This procedure can take two to five hours to complete. Both of these procedures are permanent, but if the patient’s weight fluctuates afterward the initial results could be altered over time.
Post SurgeryAs with most surgeries, the patent may experience some pain or discomfort in the following days. Pain and swelling are normal, and pain medication will be prescribed. Depending on how the individual reacts to the surgery, soreness could occur for days or weeks following the surgery. Swelling, bruising, and numbness are normal for the patient to experience. Feeling more tired than usual is also a common side effect. Risks to be aware of:
- Blood clots
- Insufficient healing
- Nerve damage
- Skin necrosis
- Suture rupture