For many men and women, localized fat and loose skin that collects around the waistline is as frustrating as it is unsightly. There is a procedure that can address a stubborn “spare tire” that results in flat, smooth abdominals. An abdominoplasty surgery, commonly known as a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin that has lost elasticity due to pregnancy or major weight loss. Furthermore, a tummy tuck surgery restores underlying weakened muscles creating an attractive six-pack abdominal profile. It is important to note that abdominoplasty plastic surgery is different than liposuction, although the two may be combined.
Abdominoplasty is not a cure for a sedentary lifestyle. Individuals can develop a protruding abdomen even if they are on a sensible diet and exercise plan. Factors that can contribute to an unattractive set of abs include pregnancy, aging, and significant weight loss. Although the results of an abdominoplasty surgery are permanent, it is important to realize that the procedure should be postponed if pregnancy or future weight loss is part of your future plans.
The tummy tuck often causes conspicuous scars. During the initial consultation, your doctor will discuss options such as scarring, your goals, and abdominoplasty costs. The procedure itself is generally performed in a hospital operating room under general anesthesia. The tummy tuck usually lasts between two and six hours with a hospital stay between 24 and 72 hours.
Once the surgery is complete and you have been released from the hospital, you will be provided with very specific instructions for after care. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to expedite the healing process. You will also be instructed on the best position while sitting or sleeping for pain management. The bandages used will most likely be a firm, elastic-type band that will promote proper healing. You will also have severe restrictions on strenuous activity for two months. You also may be required to take up to four weeks off work to ensure proper recovery.