Tummy Tuck Cosmetic Surgery
Abdominoplasty is also known as a ‘tummy tuck’ procedure that is used to reshape and firm the abdomen. This procedure involves removing excess fat and skin from the center of the lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscles of the abdomen wall. Generally this procedure is performed on women and people who have abdominal fat deposits that won’t respond to diet and exercise.
A complete abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure is performed by creating a small incision from one hip to the next (just above the pubic area). After this, another cut is made to free the surrounding skin away from the navel. The skin is detached from the abdomen wall which will reveal the muscles. The skin is then reattached and a new hole for the navel is created and stitched into place.
When preparing for your surgery it is best to listen to all of the instructions your surgeon gives you. This will most likely include guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking and what medications to take. Overexposure to the sun before surgery can slow down the time it takes to heal. Smoking is also not recommended for at least a week before your surgery.
After the surgery has been completed your abdomen will probably feel swollen and you will most likely undergo some pain and discomfort. Your doctor will provide you with medication to help you out during this time. Some people are able to return to work within two weeks of the procedure, while others take 3-4 weeks. Minor exercise will help you heal better, and it is recommended to start an exercise program to reduce swelling. Expect your scars to last for around 9-12 months after the procedure. While these scars will never disappear completely, most will not show under clothing and even bathing suits.