What should you know about a tummy tuck?
What happens during the first consultation? After childbearing or significant weight fluctuations a local weight excess can evolve on the abdominal area, resulting in loose and sagging abdominal skin which can mean a problem in certain situations. For example, you may feel uncomfortable while pursuing sport, it makes more difficult to choose proper clothing, and also causes self-evaluation problems. Abdominoplasty provides the ability to remove sagging skin and superfluous adipose tissue; the look of the abdomen can be made tighter.
At the first consultation, our plastic surgeon examines you, then together you discuss the personalized possibilities, then he explains the different surgical techniques and shows you where your scars will be located after the operation. As the incisions are located in the bikini line, you can bravely wear all the trendy types of bathing suits.
Preparing for the tummy tuck
Before the tummy tuck you must go for a complete medical check-up. The reason for this is to find out whether you have any health problems that could have an influence on the abdominoplasty. All preliminary examinations are made at our Plastic Surgery Institute, so you do not need to queue up and wait in other health centers. In the course of the medical check-up laboratory tests and as occasion requires, other examinations (ECG, X-rays, abdominal ultrasound, etc.) are performed according to the plastic surgeon’s suggestion.
In certain cases we advise our patients to change their lifestyle in the days preceding the tummy tuck. To facilitate proper recovery it is important that you do not smoke because nicotine slows down the process of regeneration and harmfully influences the healing of the wound. In the days before the tummy tuck you should eat light foods, drink lots of fluids and take some vitamins (vitamin C, selenium, zinc). Two weeks before the abdominoplasty, you should avoid the use of aspirin, ginko biloba and other naturopathic products.
During the tummy tuck the plastic surgeon removes the superfluous skin and adipose tissue from the abdominal area and fixes the muscles of the abdominal wall. For achieving the perfect result, a tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction of the waist’s area. A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia, and takes 2-2.5 hours.
Techniques of tummy tuck
The technique of the operation means the choice and localization of the necessary incisions. In the course of tummy tuck the incisions are made between the pelvic bones in the bikini line, that way they will remain hidden. Only this technique ensures the full correction of the contour of the abdomen, fixes the abdominal muscles and assures that the evolving scar is not extensive and gross.
In the great majority of tummy tucks, the belly button is relocated. To achieve perfect result liposuction of the waist’s area can be performed as a part of abdominoplasty. You need to know that tummy tuck usually consists of two or more phases. About a half year after the first abdominoplasty, another supplementary procedure may be necessary, for example, a liposuction or a scar correction.
Recovering and risks of a tummy tuck
In our Plastic Surgery Institute we aim to make the period after the tummy tuck as comfortable as possible. In order to do this, waterproof bandages are placed on the wounds, so you can even have a shower at home. After the tummy tuck you must spend one night in our Plastic Surgery Institute. To achieve the perfect result and look we work with self-absorbing stitches, this way the scars heal a lot more aesthetically and we save you the possible inconveniences of stitch removal.
After the tummy tuck you must wear special shaping clothing for 8 weeks. Our Institute provides you with these items of clothing. During the first 2 weeks of the recovery all demanding physical activities must be avoided. After 2 weeks you can return gradually to your previous life-style. After the 3rd week you can start to do light exercises. After the tummy tuck we advise you to lay with your head raised and to stand with banded upper body/rounded shoulders. Sunbathing, the use of solarium and sauna must be avoided for 2 months. After the tummy tuck you have to attend control examinations on the 7th and 21st day, and the 6th and 12th week. The recovery time of the outer scars is 6 months, while the inner scars heal completely in 2 years.
To facilitate the healing of the wound it is advisable to use scar creams. Before the tummy tuck we aim to filter out the possible risk factors with preliminary examinations but even so unpredictable complications may occur. Abdominoplasties count as routine plastic procedures. The chance for occurrence of complications is extremely slight, but it cannot be excluded. These complications can be the following: infection, oedema, serous oedema, formation of the keloid scar, and temporary insensitivity of the abdominal wall.
Results of the tummy tuck
The final result can be seen after 6 months. Thanks to tummy tuck the sagging of the skin disappears, the abdomen is tight and flat again. You can wear your old favorite clothes and do not have to be ashamed any more on the beach.
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