Just like our bodies, tummy tucks come in different shapes and sizes. Knowing the differences will help you choose the right doctor and make you a good partner in your own care.
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So, what is the *tummy tuck*?
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. People who most benefit from tummy tucks include women who have had children, and people who have lost a significant amount of weight. In addition, it can be a good solution for more slender people who have been unable to get rid of excess belly fat despite diet and exercise.
Meanwhile, take into consideration that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss tool. Just take into account one if you are at a stable weight and preferably don’t plan on any further pregnancies. There are three most popular questions, asked by our clients when they hear about tummy tuck for the first time:
How much skin and fat need to be removed?
Small amount of skin and fat removed from the lower abdomen.
Will your belly button need to be repositioned?
No repositioning of the belly button.
Will your abdominal muscles need to be repaired?
Horizontal scar just above the pubic area. Sometimes includes muscle repair and liposuction.
Also, you should know that tummy tucks can be done with or without drains.
Drains have long been used after a tummy tuck to help with recovery. This is because of a necessary space created during surgery between the abdominal wall and the overlying skin and fatty tissue. The space has the potential to fill up with fluid leaked from the raw tissue surfaces in the early phases of healing. This then causes the formation of a seroma, or a build-up of fluid. Without the use of drains, this fluid would have no place to go, causing swelling, discomfort, a prolonged recovery, and a less than optimal outcome.
Meanwhile drains come with some risk of infection and they can be uncomfortable. That is why some specially trained plastic surgeons have begun using what are called progressive tension sutures to get rid of that fluid-producing space.
Don’t forget to ask your surgeon if he or she is trained in the use of this procedure, and find out if you are a candidate for the drainless tummy tuck.
You play a big role in your outcome
The last but not the least important thing, you should know about having a tummy tuck, is that you play a crucial role in its success. Choosing the right plastic surgeon for you is critical to your outcome. And the best way to do that is to do your homework first.
Make sure to do all the things your doctor tells you to prepare for the surgery after you’ve done your research. It can include getting enough rest, eating well and quitting tobacco–especially that last one (read more here).
After surgery you’ll have to follow doctor’s orders regarding your recovery and this is very important. This will initially include continuing to avoid tobacco, caring for the incision site, taking your medications, modifying your activity, and getting plenty of rest. After all, following your surgeon’s instructions for scar care, abdominal binding, and maintaining a healthy weight can highly improve your cosmetic results.