Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tucks are operations used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of protruding abdomen and leave the area looking tighter and flatter. The result is achieved through the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening of the muscles.
There are several surgical techniques available in order to achieve the best tummy tuck result. Depending on your case, the extent of the procedure and your and your surgeon’s preference, the best possible technique will be chosen. You must also know that most tummy tuck procedures are done with general anesthesia.
It may also take a while before you can completely get back to normal. However, there are others who can experience faster recovery periods if they are in good physical condition. After a tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon may recommend you to start a program that includes light exercise. This is extremely important because it can reduce the swelling and even decrease the possibility of developing blood clots.
Risks Of The Procedures
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, there are risks involved. The basic risks of tummy tucks and body contouring may include potential reaction to the anesthesia, blessing, and infection. There may also be scarring though the scars will eventually become lighter and flatter over time.
However, in order to reduce the risks and heal properly, it is recommended to stop smoking. Smoking may also lead to potentially larger scars. If you follow your surgeon carefully, healing would be easy and the risks and complications would be reduced significantly.
You should also be aware of the pain that you may encounter with the procedures. Fortunately, these pains can be reduced with two to three days of bed rest. During your recovery periods, your doctor may recommend you to keep your legs slightly bent at the hips in order to lessen the amount of strain on the abdominal muscles.
Candidates For Body Contouring Surgery
Almost everyone can be a candidate for tummy tuck and body contouring. However, the best candidates for the procedure are those who have a realistic expectations with the procedures, 18 years and older, have a good physical and psychological condition, and not severely overweight.
When attending a consultation, it is important to ask your surgeon if body contouring or tummy tuck is right for you. Also, do not forget to ask questions including all the necessary questions about the procedures.