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Wish you had a firmer, slimmer abdomen? Do you work out to no avail day after day? An abdominoplasty may be able to help you, just as it has helped numerous other people to reach their ideal shapes. Abdominoplasty can involve the removal of excess fat, excess skin or both. Many people choose to get abdominoplasty to firm up their abdomens after losing a lot of weight or after pregnancy since it can remove sagging folds of skin.
How does abdominoplasty work, and how long does it take? There is more than one type of abdominoplasty; usually this type of surgery is divided into two categories: partial abdominoplasty (also known as a mini tummy tuck) and complete abdominoplasty (a full tummy tuck). A partial abdominoplasty can be accomplished in just a couple of hours. A complete abdominoplasty may take an hour or it could take up to five depending on how extensive the operation in question will be.
The process is as follows for a complete abdominoplasty: First the surgeon makes an incision across your hips. Then the surgeon makes another incision which allows the navel to be released from the surrounding skin, which can be peeled away to reveal the abdominal muscles and fascia. This region is tightened up using sutures. If there is excess fat or skin, the surgeon will remove it at this point. Finally the skin is placed back down and excess fluid is drained from the site.
For a partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much smaller and the skin is left partially attached during the procedure. Excess fat and skin are removed as in a complete abdominoplasty, and sutures are used to tighten the muscles in the abdomen. Then the skin is replaced and fluid is drained.
Not sure what type of abdominoplasty you want or need? Ask your surgeon for more details during your consultation in order to learn more about complete vs. partial abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty is a great way to enhance your appearance by trimming away excess fat and skin and tightening up your abdominal muscles. This is a popular procedure for people who have flabby skin as a result of weight loss or pregnancy, and also is great for people who work out and eat well but still can’t get rid of some of their belly fat. You often read about the benefits of abdominoplasty, but what are the risks to your health?
Abdominoplasty is indeed an invasive procedure; during the operation the skin will be peeled away from your abdomen and sutures will be used to tighten the underlying tissue. Excess fat and skin will be removed, and the skin will then be placed back down. Excess fluids will need to be drained and you’ll have to wear a compression garment for a month to support your tender midsection.
Many tummy tucks go by without incident—you will certainly experience pain and tenderness during the early stages of recovery, and scarring will be permanent. Scars are usually hidden below the swimsuit line though, and they do grow fainter with time. Common complaints after abdominoplasty tend to focus on excess fluid draining, but this abates within a month.
Dangerous complications after abdominoplasties are rare, but can include blood clots, thrombosis, infections, heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism. Skin necrosis is another possible complication which is very serious. How can you avoid these complications? You will need to follow your surgeon’s directions to the letter. This includes instructions for what to do before and after your surgery. People who smoke in the weeks leading up to abdominoplasty are far more likely to experience skin necrosis than those who don’t. Patients who don’t move around after their surgery but allow their bodies to stagnate are most likely to develop blood clots.
Abdominoplasty has its risks, but for many patients it is an uneventful procedure which provides the shape they desire. You can reduce your own risks by doing what your surgeon says—just be sure to be aware of all possible complications and how to prevent them before committing to surgery.
One of the most popular types of plastic surgery which has the most noticeable results is abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck. How soon will those results be obvious though, and what will recovery from abdominoplasty entail?
Abdominoplasty procedures vary a great deal in terms of extensiveness; some people just get mini abdominoplasties, while others get large operations which dramatically change their shape. How extensive your procedure will be will determine in part how long it takes you to recover. In general though you can expect to stay the night at the hospital after your surgery is complete. On that day your catheter will be removed, which may result in some discomfort or difficulty urinating (or having to urinate frequently). Many patients need to remain several more days in the hospital before going home to complete recovery. During this time you will be in some pain but will be given drugs to help you cope. You will also experience some draining of excess fluids. After five to seven days some of your stitches can come out, but for the deepest stitches you will need to wait several weeks.
While you are recovering from abdominoplasty you will need to wear a compression garment. This will be included in your costs for abdominoplasty. It is a special kind of garment which puts pressure on your abdomen to support it while it heals for the first month after your operation. The garment has to be changed every week, and you will probably discover your skin feels tender for at least two weeks (longer if you stress the injury, so don’t strain your skin).
How long will full recovery take? For most people it will be about 3-6 months before recovery is complete, though some of your scars may still take a bit longer to fade. The results of your abdominoplasty will be fully obvious by this time, and you should observe an impressive difference in your figure!