Abdominoplasty or commonly know as tummy tuck procedure is a procedure performed to make the abdomen flat and firm. The procedure involves the removal or excision of excess, sagging and inelastic abdominal skin and fats particularly at the lower central abdomen. The procedure also involves the tightening of the muscle and facial of the abdominal wall. This procedure is often sought by patients with loose tissues that appears after pregnancy and major weight lost.
Tummy tuck procedure vary in extent and are frequently subdivided into categories depending on the amount of excess skin and fats. This would be mini tuck, complete tummy tuck, extended abdominoplasty, circumferential abdominoplasty and combined liposuction with abdominoplasty which is also called Saldania technique. This procedure may take 1 to 5 hours to complete, usually patient are put under regional anesthesia that is combined with IV sedation. Initially there may be bruising and discomfort after surgery that may last only for several days to weeks.
Depending on the extent of the procedure, abdominoplasty recovery procedure may take 10 to 14 days. Patients would be required to take a time off from work to rest and recuperate adequately. Heavy physical activity is best avoided during this time period. Activity is gradually progress as patient heals through time. Patients are required to wear supportive abdominal binder or compression garment to help minimize the swelling and facilitate skin re-draping or healing.
Possible risks of abdominoplasty include:
Poor wound healing
Skin loss, Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
Major wound separation
Recurrent looseness of skin
Pain, which may persist
Any procedure be it surgical or not, has its inherent risks and complication. This is why, patients should be properly selected and thoroughly prepared prior to surgery be it a minor or major procedure. With this patient’s health is not compromise and results are maximize.
Any cosmetic procedure, like tummy tuck surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon. Your surgeon should have at least completed 5 to 7 years of surgical training. He or she is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedure, including breast, body, face and reconstruction. Your surgeon should be able to operate in accredited medical facilities. And most importantly he or she, should be board certified in his or her surgical specialty.
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