If you have excessive fat in your abdomen or extra layers of skin on your belly which refuses to go despite dietary regime and exercise, then tummy tuck surgery is the right solution. This surgery is also known as abdominoplasty in medical term. The surgeon aims at flattening the abdomen and tightening of the muscles of the abdomen wall by removing extra skin and fat. This type of surgery should not be mistaken for liposuction, which sucks out the fat from inside of the skin.
The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those who are in good health with a stable weight. Women who have loose skin on abdominal area due to several pregnancies can also tighten the abdominal muscle by undergoing this surgery. Obese women having excessive fat deposits or have loose skin around their belly also take up the surgery. But women who plan to get pregnant should desist from the surgery until they do not want to conceive anymore. If you are not successful in losing a lot of weight despite all the dietary measures and exercise, then tummy tuck surgery is a solution you can pursue.
Depending on the patient’s situation, the surgeon can either go for complete abdominoplasty or partial or mini abdominoplasty. The complete abdominoplasty involves cutting your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and moving of your belly button. In the partial method, the surgeon aims at removing only the fat below the navel without removing the belly button. The risk associated with the surgery includes infection, bleeding, bleeding under the skin flap and blood clots. But the risks are rare and manageable in most of the cases.
Before undergoing tummy tuck surgery, make sure to consult a surgeon and apprise about your past or present medical condition. You must tell the surgeon about any medication you may be on or any surgery you underwent previously. If you have diabetes, lung, heart or liver diseases or poor circulation, let your surgeon know it.
After the surgery, you must follow the surgeon’s guidelines for recovery. The belly area operated by the surgeon will be stitched and bandaged. So, you must adhere to the instructions on the ways to care for the bandage etc. You may also be required to take complete rest for at least six weeks. The surgery results are most likely be up to your expectations and you will get back in shape once again.
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