Cosmetic Surgery Blog: All About Getting a Tummy Tuck!

Pope Plastic Surgery Center - ASPS Member Surgeon

Who wants sagging skin and loose hanging fats in the tummy? I bet no one does. Every man or woman would want to look sexy and have that flat, sexy, well-toned abdomen and even perhaps six packs. Many of us strive hard to get those desirable tummies through exercise and diet but at times these methods simply cannot successfully accomplish our goals.

A “tummy tuck” or abdominoplasty is a procedure that makes the abdomen firmer. In order for the muscles and the fascia to tighten, tummy tuck involves the extraction of excess skin and fats from the middle and the lower abdomen. For patients with loose, sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss, tummy tuck is the cosmetic surgery usually sought after by these clients.

Even clients with normal body weight and proportion have chances of developing an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. This may be due to pregnancy, aging, significant changes in weight, heredity or prior surgeries. Tummy tuck is a good option especially for persons who are physically healthy, have a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.

Tummy tuck surgeries offer many aesthetic benefits such as removal of excess skin and tightening of abdominal muscles, and minimize if not totally eliminate stretch marks. Unlike abdominal liposuction, tummy tuck allows for excess skin extraction to augment the removal of stubborn pockets of fat. With a tummy tuck, the surgeon does not only reduce a protuberant belly, but the surgeon can make it appear as if the belly was not protruding in the first place.

Tummy tucks can also be combined with other cosmetic surgeries such as abdominal liposuction, breast augmentation and the like. Results of tummy tuck are usually permanent but factors must be considered such as future plans of losing weight or getting pregnant because these can affect or perhaps diminish the positive outcome of the surgery. Full recovery from tummy tucks usually take about 3-6 months, with further fading of scars thereafter. Nicotine use is prohibited at about a month or longer both before and after a tummy tuck and heavy activity is also discouraged.

Like any surgeries whatever its nature or purpose, there are still risk involved and should not be taken lightly. Although serious complications are rare with tummy tucks, still this is a major surgery and all factors should be considered.

Possible complications from tummy tuck surgeries include anesthesia reactions, bleeding, blood clots, delayed wound healing, infection or unfavorable drug reactions. It is then very important to follow preoperative and postoperative instructions in order to reduce the chances of encountering complications after the tummy tuck surgery. Before making any decision, it is always best to compare the benefits with the potential risks and complications. Another thing about tummy tuck surgery is that this does not require hospitalization postoperatively.

Tummy tucks cost variably from one country to another. Like most cosmetic surgeries such as breast augmentation and abdominal liposuction, the cost depends on several factors like the patient’s age, their weight and state of health. There may also be additional costs depending on the individual if he/she would decide to have a mixed tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that is highly individualized and one should do it for oneself, and not for other people or for trying to fit oneself to a certain image as imposed by other persons. A tummy tuck is a choice you have to make for yourself.

Contact us to learn more or to discuss scheduling your tummy tuck today!

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