Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, restores weakened or separated muscles after removing excess fat and skin to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. After pregnancy, prior surgery, weight fluctuations, aging, or even the effects of genetics, a formerly flat abdomen can sag, protrude, or become loose. While a tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss or exercise, it can provide a more youthful look to the body.
While liposuction can remove fat from the stomach area, only a tummy tuck will tighten muscles and remove excess skin. The two procedures are often done at the same time or successively, dependent on patient goals and the reason for the procedures. For example, if there are fat deposits in the upper abdomen, liposuction is needed to remove fullness before the tummy tuck. When there is excess fat and sagging skin after pregnancy or weight loss, your doctor may just perform a tummy tuck to surgically remove excess fat and then tighten skin and muscles.
When you come to Eko Plastic Surgery, Dr. Eko will evaluate whether your major problem is muscle laxity or fat deposits and make a recommendation for the best surgical approach. As an experienced professional in cosmetic procedures for the body, he will show you options and computer simulations of likely results from various approaches.
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What is an abdominoplasty, or better known to most people as a tummy tuck? It is a procedure which will minimize and remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area, which will result in a stomach profile that is much more smooth and firm.
What Are Some of the Reasons Why People Get a Tummy Tuck?
A flatter and more well-toned stomach is something many people desire. In some cases, a regular exercise pattern coupled with good eating habits is not good enough to achieve a picturesque looking abdomen. Some causes of a flabby tummy include:
What a tummy Tuck Won’t Do
Although an abdominoplasty will make a stomach look firmer and sleeker it is not a substitute for certain things. A tummy tuck will not excuse a healthy and regular exercise regiment’ nor will it stop future weight gain. If an individual is planning on losing a good amount of weight in the future, then a tummy tuck is not suggested. Also, if a woman is planning on becoming pregnant in the foreseeable future, then it is recommended that a tummy tuck should be postponed.
Consultation and Preparation
Before going under the knife, there are some things to consider and motions to go through. A consultation with a plastic surgeon and certain preparations must be taken. The first preparation to be made is whether the patient is in good physical health and is at a stable weight. Also, the surgeon will go over expectations o f the surgery so that the patient can gauge and set goals. It is important to note that the potential patient cannot be a smoker due to health and surgical risks. Another topic that will be covered during the consultation in preparation of the surgery is the medical history of the patient; this includes any prior surgeries, medicine regiment s and drug and alcohol intake. These questions along with others during the consultation will prepare not only the patient but also the doctor so that the surgery may produce the best outcomes.
In most cases, medical insurance does not cover cosmetic surgeries. But, it is always good to re-check ones medical insurance policy. Some fees and costs to consider with a tummy tuck are as followed:
The surgery can be divided up into four main parts:
In the first step, the anesthesia, there are two types of anesthesia that can be given. One type is the intervenous anesthesia and the other is general anesthesia. The doctor will go over and which type would be best suited for the surgery.
The incision consists of a horizontal cut that can be inserted between the belly button and the pubic hairline. The size and shape of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin. Once that is determined. Then the surgeon will go in and then repair the damaged abdominal muscle.
Closing the incision comes next. This is achieved by closing up the incision with sutures, surgical tape or clips.
After coming out of the surgery the patient will not be able to stand upright due to internal healing. There will also likely be swelling around the area of the incision and initially, the patient may look a bit obscured. This initial healing process can take up to two weeks.
There are risks involved post surgery. This is why it is important to talk with your surgeon about the risks and to be well informed. Some of the risks that may result in this surgery are as followed:
It is of the utmost importance to find a suitable plastic surgeon. Two critical criteria to follow when choosing a surgeon are:
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