This procedure is used to remove excess fat and skin in the abdomen and to tighten the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can dramatically change the contour of the abdomen, leaving it flat and more proportionate to your physique. The major drawback of this procedure is that it leaves a scar on the abdomen that runs from hip to hip. This scar is usually hidden by the bikini is no greater problem for the patient.
The procedure is done under local anesthesia with sedation. The operation begins with an incision in the lower abdomen to remove an ellipse of skin and subcutaneous tissue between the navel and the pubis. Removing this tissue gives access to the abdominal muscles which are then fitted with permanent suture. The navel is released and the incision is closed; fine suture removal is not necessary as it is absorbed. Then the navel is set back in its anatomical site. At the end of the procedure there is a U-shaped scar from hip to hip, and another around the navel. Two drains are placed temporarily, and sometimes an elastic band is used to help with posture.
The recovery period is 1 to 2 weeks. You should rest for several days, but the recovery should be active, meaning you should not spend all day in bed. Any heavy exercise should be undertaken after one month or when authorized by the physician. Drains are removed when they no longer functions, usually within a week. You may shower the next day.
The complication rate is low; and when they do arise tend to be minor. Examples are infection, bruising or loss of skin along the incision or around navel. This procedure can sometimes be combined with liposuction to improve the outcome.
The change this surgery creates is drastic and permanent; and you will probably find that your clothes have to be adjusted to your new shape. As with any surgical procedure, most of the changes are immediate, but the results continue to develop for a period of 6 months to a year.
Before & After
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