Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
For many individuals the tummy, or abdomen, is a challenging area of the body to improve. Despite efforts at diet and exercise, a flat, well-toned abdomen can be difficult if not impossible to achieve for many. With age, pregnancy, weight fluctuations or just heredity, the abdomen may protrude or develop loose, sagging skin.
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a procedure which improves a protruding or sagging abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and even tightening weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Patients will have a smoother, firmer abdominal profile after surgery. For patients with less severe sagging, the partial or mini tummy tuck is a less extensive procedure which may be an option.
How a Tummy Tuck is Done
The incision for a full tummy tuck is located just above the pubic area running from hipbone to hipbone. Through this incision, excess skin and fat are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened. A second incision is usually made around the belly button to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. For a partial tummy tuck, the second incision typically is not made and only the skin and fat beneath the belly button is addressed. In addition, the incision above the pubic area is generally smaller.
The tummy tuck usually takes between two and five hours to perform. When completed, dressings may be applied to the incisions.
Keeping the Patient Comfortable
General anesthesia or local with sedation may be given during the tummy tuck to keep the patient comfortable.
The Immediate After-Effects
The abdomen will appear swollen in the first few days of recovery. Swelling, bruising and numbness may take several weeks to fade. Some patients experience discomfort, particularly if the abdominal muscles are tightened, and this can be alleviated with medication. A support or compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks after surgery in Detroit. Patients are usually able to return to work within two to four weeks. The recovery following a partial tummy tuck will be shorter and less involved.
As with any surgery, there are inherent risks that should be discussed in detail with your Detroit, MI surgeon beforehand. For the tummy tuck, these risks may include poor scarring, bleeding, infection, numbness, anesthesia risks, and nerve damage.
The Results to Expect
It may take time for the swelling to fade in order to see the final results of your tummy tuck. Patients will have a flatter, firmer abdomen that is more proportionate to the rest of the body. The results of the tummy tuck are long lasting for those who follow a sensible diet and exercise.
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