A tummy tuck procedure is for individuals who want to get rid of excess flab or skin in their bodies which doesn’t respond to either dieting or exercising. Doctors call this procedure abdominoplasty. The purpose of the surgery is to flatten the abdomen through the removal of extra skin and fat, and through the tightening of the muscles in ones abdominal wall. There are two kinds, complete abdominoplasty, and partial abdominoplasty. The difference between the two is that in the latter, surgeries only take place on individuals whose fat deposits are present below the navel.
The procedure of a tummy tuck consists of the following: First, there is the anesthesia administered for the comfort of the patient. Secondly, the incision takes place in a horizontal manner in the area between the belly button and the public hairline. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are weakened. A second incision around the navel might be required in order to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Then, the upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is cut down and the rest of the skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is then created, and the belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position. Lastly, the incisions are closed through the use of skin adhesives, sutures, tapes, and clips.
The potential side effects of tummy tuck surgery include the following: Infections can take place, blood clots, or even bleeding under the skin flap. These complications are more likely is one has poor circulation, heart, lung, or liver disease, or even diabetes. One can experience insufficient healing which can result in more marked scarring or loss of skin. If one doesn’t heal properly, they might require a second surgery. A tummy tuck ends up leaving scars, and even though they might fade slightly, they never completely disappear.
It is important to ensure that once the tummy tuck is done and you are stitched and bandaged, that you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions on how to take care of the bandages for the following days. The bandage used will be a firm, elastic band promoting proper healing. Your surgeon will also guide you in regards to how to sit and lie down in the best position. Strenuous activity will have to be seriously limited for at least six weeks, and one might even need to take a whole month off from work to ensure proper recovery. It is also possible that you might not feel like your normal self till months have passed by, therefore, it is crucial to give the procedure a lot of patience, and to stay resilient.
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