Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical intervention that is used to correct the defects of the abdomen, such as excess fat or to improve the muscles, mainly changing its shape.
Although a large part of the patients who undergo this medical procedure are women who have gone through a pregnancy in order to erase the potential effects caused by pregnancy, the truth is that more and more men are turning to it to remove the accumulated fat and get a flat and smooth belly.
It is important to underline that, as indicated by medical experts, abdominoplasty does not help you lose weight. In fact, candidates are recommended to undergo this operation to go to the operating room with their ideal weight. Nor is it the solution to end stretch marks.
What it does is to remove excess skin, correct excess skin, and end muscle deformities in the abdomen and beautify the entire area of the abdomen and its adjoining spaces, something that this technique achieves perfectly.
Depending on the area of the abdomen that you want to get intervened and the problem with which you want to end, one type or another of surgery will be applied, so it is essential to visit a doctor specialized in this type of surgery beforehand since a correct diagnosis is key to get rid of everything that has pushed us to an aesthetic center.
It will be in the clinic of the expert in abdominoplasty when we see if it is necessary to operate above or below the navel, if the problem is only caused by an excess of adipose tissue or skin or if it affects muscle tone.
Beyond the corrections that each patient requires, in most cases, it is necessary to apply general anesthesia as a previous step to an operation that usually takes between two and five hours. Once the intervention is finished, the patient, depending on the complexity of the surgery, must remain admitted to the medical facility for one to two days.
Depending on the size of the operation and the area, the scar that remains as a result of the surgery will be larger or smaller. In any case, thanks to medical advances, this could be virtually imperceptible, and the most common incision areas are the umbilical zone, the upper pubic area, and the groin
Types of abdominoplasty techniques:
These are the different types of surgical interventions that are performed on the abdominal wall. Depending on the area to be corrected and the patient's own characteristics, one or another technique will be used.
Liposuction: it is carried out when the patient presents an excess of fat in the abdomen without any involvement in the skin or muscle and, therefore, neither of these other two areas requires intervention.
Mini-tummy tuck without umbilical disintegration: a technique that is used when the patient has an excess of skin and fat under the navel. The umbilical zone is not involved in it.
Mini-tummy tuck with umbilical disintegration: a technique that is used when an excess of fat and skin is detected in the area above the navel.
Abdominoplasty with a vertical scar: a technique that is used when an excess of fat and skin is detected, requires separating the navel from the skin to proceed to remove excess tissues. The fat is removed and the excess skin is replaced.
Fleur-de-Lys abdominoplasty: a technique used to remove large amounts of excess skin from the patient's abdomen.
Classic tummy tuck: a technique used to remove excess skin from the navel area. After removing the excess, the skin of the umbilical is joined to the pubis and the groin
Tummy tuck with lateral extensions: a technique used to address the accumulation of fat accumulated on both sides of the abdomen.
Circumferential tummy tuck: a technique used to remove the skin of patients who have lost a lot of weight in all regions of the abdomen.
Reverse or ascending tummy tuck: a technique used to remove excess skin eradicated above the umbilical area. In the case of women who undergo this operation, they can take advantage to use the leftovers in a parallel chest intervention if they want to do so.
As you can see, there are many and very specific different techniques that exist to address the problems of excess skin or fat in the abdomen area, so it should be the tummy tuck surgeon who, after listening to the patient and analyzing their particular case in a consultation, decide which is the best option to get the best results.
The average cost of tummy tuck in the U.S is $8,000
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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) step by step:
Step 1: Anesthesia
The first step in a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery is the administering of anesthesia.
The doctor will recommend the best choice for you
The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia
Be sure to discuss your anesthesia options and concerns with your surgeon
Make sure that the surgeon and anesthesiologist have a complete list of all the medications you take, and that they are aware of all your pertinent health information
Step 2: The incision
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button
The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired
A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen
Step 3: Reshape abdomen area
The skin and fat layer is then lifted off the underlying abdominal wall, up to the level of the ribs
Any loose or stretched abdominal muscles will be tightened, and excess skin and fat will be removed
Depending on the specifics of your procedure and whether you undergo a full or mini tummy tuck, it may take anywhere between 2-5 hours to complete the surgery.
Step 4: Closing the incision (s):
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions
If the incision is closed with sutures, they may dissolve or may need to be removed after a few days
People who plan to undergo a tummy tuck should follow the following medical recommendations:
Stop smoking after the intervention and throughout the recovery time so as not to harm or delay it over time.
Maintain your ideal weight from half a year before entering the operating room.
Keep the skin of the abdomen perfectly hydrated on the dates before the tummy tuck.
Avoid foods that can alter blood clotting such as garlic, from at least ten days before surgery.
Avoid the intake of medications that can alter blood clotting.
Undergo a medical analysis to rule out problems during the intervention, such as the appearance of a hernia.
In addition to all these recommendations, it is important to take care of as much as possible, avoid alcohol or tobacco intake especially during the healing period and avoid rubbing or impacts in the intervened area until the postoperative period is completed.
Maximizing care to the maximum can reduce postoperative times and shorten the time to see the results of the operation much sooner
Once the surgery is completed, the patient must stay between 24 and 48 hours after which they will review how the patient evolves. Time in which this will wear protection in the abdomen similar to a girdle that can not be released until doctors tell you otherwise.
During the first days after the operation, the patient will be given pain relievers to avoid the discomfort of those who have gone through the operating room to undergo a more or less invasive intervention.
Beyond the complexity of your case, if you carefully follow each and every one of the recommendations provided by the medical team of the doctor who has treated you, in a matter of six months you will be able to enjoy a completely new, much improved, and scar-free appearance visible.
Although within a few hours of having operated you will already notice an alteration in your physiognomy as a result of the operation you have undergone, it will not be until after the first week, at which point the points should be removed and you see something similar to the final result.
Between three and six months after the surgery, the result should be final. To maintain the results that you got from the surgery you should keep avoiding large fluctuations in your weight, performing exercises to strengthen the abdominal area, and keeping this entire region properly hydrated.
In the first days of the postoperative period, in addition to feeling discomfort and having to wear a girdle to protect the intervened area, you will be asked to walk hunched over to avoid stressing the scar or scars that have had to be done on the abdomen.
Although the stitches are usually removed seven days after the operation, it is advisable to stop practicing sport until at least one month later, at which time it is estimated that the wound will be healed.
Throughout the first months with its new appearance, you should avoid the ups and downs of weight, which will require you to maintain certain eating routines that you should not abandon.
It is also important that during this time keep the intervened skin area hydrated and, when you can exercise again, it is especially focused on strengthening the entire abdominal area in search of the best results.
For any doubt or question-related to the tummy tuck, the different techniques, the preoperative, the postoperative, as well as to receive advice on your specific case or issues related to the prices of the different interventions it is recommended to contact the team of patient care at the clinic where they will kindly listen to you and offer you all kinds of clarifying answers to help you.
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