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There are many people nowadays who suffer from flabby, loose tummy and muffin tops. Different factors can cause this unsightly body area – obesity, post-pregnancy for women, aging, and even lack of exercise. Those who want to remove it turn to an active lifestyle, healthy diet, and regular exercise. However, there are still some who are left with excess skin and unwanted stubborn fat. What do they do next? Some of them inquire about a tummy tuck surgery.


What is a tummy tuck surgery?

A tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat and restores your abdominal area. It also repairs separated abdominal muscles and tightens it to bring back your flat tummy.

A tummy tuck surgery is considered a major operation. Anyone who wants to undergo abdominoplasty should be generally healthy. These patients should already be following a healthy lifestyle and lose excess weight because an abdominoplasty is not considered a weight loss procedure. Realistic expectations about the whole process and its results should also be established to become a good candidate for the tummy tuck surgery.


How does a tummy tuck surgery work?

During the initial consultation, your expert plastic surgeon should first inform you of all the necessary details about the abdominoplasty. Your surgeon will perform preliminary examinations and request for diagnostic laboratory tests and scans to determine your overall health. Once you are considered to be a good candidate for the procedure, your tummy tuck surgery will be scheduled.

Abdominoplasty has two types: a full or traditional tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck surgery.

In full abdominoplasty, the surgeon will create a surgical incision on your abdomen from hip to hip and then remove the excess skin, tissue, and suture the abdominal muscles together as needed. This type of tummy tuck surgery will involve repositioning your belly button, so expect some scarring around your navel as well.  After the surgery, drainage tubes may be placed under your skin for a few days to facilitate wound drainage.

A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, is an abdominoplasty that targets the lower abdomen only.  Mini tummy tuck surgeries are ideal for patients whose fatty deposits are located below the belly button. During this procedure, the surgeon will make a shorter incision along the bikini line and perform the same process only on the lower abdominal area. Your navel will not be repositioned, and this tummy tuck surgery is less complicated and may usually take up to two hours to perform. That is shorter compared to full tummy tucks that may take up to double or triple that time, depending on your case.


What are its risks and complications?

Because a tummy tuck procedure is a major operation and significant incisions are done to your abdomen, you are expected to feel pain and tenderness for a couple of days and weeks. Prescribed pain medications can alleviate your symptoms. You may also notice numbness over the area. Over the first few weeks, bruising can also be noted around the abdomen. With proper wound care and strict adherence to the doctor’s instructions, these anticipated post-surgery symptoms may be gradually relieved.

There are always risks and complications involved in all minor or major surgical procedures. Your plastic surgeon’s expertise in tummy tuck surgery will play an essential role in preventing these unwanted complications from happening during the operation. It is your responsibility as the patient to avoid the risk of infection, bleeding, and blood clot formation if you follow your expert plastic surgeon’s postoperative instructions. Scars are also expected after the tummy tuck surgery, but this may considerably fade through time following your surgeon’s proper wound care instructions.

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