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    Tummy Tuck


    Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.


    Beauty for life:

    Enhancing your appearance with a tummy tuck

    A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.


    Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.


    The most common causes of this include:

    Pregnancy
    Aging
    Significant fluctuations in weight
    Heredity
    Prior surgery
    Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

    What it won’t do:

    A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.

    Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.

    Also, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally those treated areas below the belly button.

    Is it right for me?

    Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

    Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:

    You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
    You have realistic expectations
    You are a non-smoker
    You are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large
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    What to expect during your consultation
    The success and safety of your tummy tuck procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

    Be prepared to discuss:

    Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
    Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
    Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
    Previous surgeries


    Your surgeon may also:

    Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
    Take photographs for your medical record
    Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
    Discuss likely outcomes of the tummy tuck and any risks or potential complications

    Preparing for surgery

    Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
    Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
    Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
    Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
    Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

    Special instructions you receive will cover:

    What to do on the day of surgery
    The use of anesthesia during your tummy tuck
    Post-operative care and follow-up
    Related Links
    Plan your surgery using ASPS resources

    Important facts about the safety and risks of abdominoplasty

    The decision to have tummy tuck surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

    Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

    Possible risks of abdominoplasty include:

    Unfavorable scarring
    Bleeding (hematoma)
    Infection
    Fluid accumulation
    Poor wound healing
    Skin loss
    Blood clots
    Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
    Anesthesia risks
    Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
    Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
    Major wound separation
    Asymmetry
    Recurrent looseness of skin
    Pain, which may persist
    Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
    Persistent swelling in the legs
    Nerve damage
    Possibility of revisional surgery
    Suboptimal aesthetic result
    You’ll need help


    If your abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
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    Procedural Steps:

    What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

    Step 1 – Anesthesia
    Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

    Step 2 – The incision
    A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.

    Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed.

    A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

    Step 3 – Closing the incisions
    Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

    Step 4 – See the results
    Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.

    The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.

    Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.


    My recovery

    Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals.

    A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.


    Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

    Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?

    What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
    Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
    When will they be removed?

    Are stitches removed? When?
    When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
    When do I return for follow-up care?


    How much will tummy tuck surgery cost?

    Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices for tummy tucks can vary widely. A surgeon’s cost for a tummy tuck may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic office location.

    Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

    Cost may include:
    Surgeon’s fee
    Hospital or surgical facility costs
    Anesthesia fees
    Prescriptions for medication
    Post-surgery garments, and
    Medical tests
    Your satisfaction involves more than a fee
    When choosing a plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

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    The Tummy tuck surgery is very famous and popular all over the world. It is the most fastest and the moat safest and the effective way to lose the body fat. The Tummy tuck surgery remove the extra an excess amount of body fat and also the stretch marks. Check these site for more information about the Tummy tuck surgery.

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