Tuck That Tummy
- 19 January 2016
As New Year’s resolution are in full swing, many of you are looking to get that tight, toned tummy. Maybe your goal is to get into that little yellow polka-dotted bikini that is hanging in your bedroom as a little subtle motivation to stick to your diet and exercise plan.
What is it?
Another name for tummy tuck is an abdominoplasty. Overall, an abdominoplasty helps to create a smoother, firmer tummy by removing the excess skin and fat tissue surrounding the underlying abdominal muscles. While it is quite common for this to be done after weight loss, this is not necessarily the only reason for a tummy tuck. Other reasons for loose, sagging skin is from things like pregnancy, aging, or surgical procedures related to that area.
What not to expect
An abdominoplasty a way to tighten up unwanted skin and fat, but it is important understand what issues it will not solve.
- A tummy tuck will not eliminate stretch marks.
It is possible with the skin reduction, stretch marks will improve, but it should not be a method used to eliminate them.
- Abdominoplasty will not substitute for weight loss.
- A tummy tuck is not forever.
If you are considering an abdominoplasty, you should be sure to be satisfied with your weight prior to moving forward with the procedure. Future pregnancies or weight loss/gain can interfere with the results of the surgery.
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Are you a good candidate?
Before undergoing this surgery, there are a few things we should be sure of.
Anyone who is has loose, saggy skin in their abdominal region is a potential candidate for a tummy tuck. What matters most is that it is your own, personal desire to improve this area of your body. This type of surgery can certainly take an emotional toll on you, too. You must have the right motives behind this surgical decision.
Having a stable weight that you are satisfied with is crucial. If you think pregnancy is in your future, it would be wise to consult with a surgeon to determine alternative methods for more temporary results instead of an abdominoplasty (which provide more permanent results).
A few health factors also come into play. Chronic medical conditions like heart failure or COPD can become obstacles when planning for surgery. Overall health is important and should be evaluated by a medical physician as well as a plastic surgeon.
Smoking can cause problems also; particularly in the healing process. Ideally, you should stop smoking several weeks prior to surgery, and be willing to stay smoke-free for several weeks following.
Everybody recovers different and at different rates and all surgical procedures are done differently according to specific individual needs. But there are a few things to always evaluate before your discharge.
- Size of your incision
- Specific restrictions related to surgery
This could include restrictions in work, exercise, bathing/swimming, etc.
- Your post-op dressings
You will more than likely have a compression dressing of some sort. Tubes or drains may also be a part of your post-op dressing. Make sure you know how to care for these dressings and precautions to take to reduce chances of infection and complications.
Your daily medications should be carefully reviewed, and you will probably be adding a couple post-op medications as well.
Again, these specifics vary from person to person and should be discussed with your surgeon before (and after) surgery so you know what to expect and how to prepare.