Abdominoplasty/tummy tuck aims to re-contour an abdomen that has been affected by pregnancy or significant weight loss. The procedure removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdomen. An abdominoplasty will be recommended by your surgeon in preference to liposuction if there is an excess of skin on the abdomen and if there is muscle laxity. The major advantage of an abdominoplasty is the improved appearance in clothes. Dresses hang much more attractively and the “tummy” is no longer pushed up over the top of pants or jeans.
You should consider abdominoplasty carefully if you are overweight because there are risks involved with the procedure. If you are overweight your surgeon may recommend that you should postpone abdominoplasty surgery until you have achieved and maintained your weight loss. Tummy tuck can improve body contour in both women and men who are bothered by a protruding abdomen. Keep in mind that while a tummy tuck will enhance your figure, it’s not likely to change your life or the way people treat you. There are a variety of different techniques used by surgeons performing abdominoplasty; the scar may be horizontal, vertical or a combination of both. The surgery can be combined with other forms of body contouring surgery, such as thigh lift and liposuction. Abdominoplasty involves an incision around the belly button and another incision that runs hip- to-hip starting above the pubic hairline. Tummy tuck helps to flatten the abdominal area and also contour the hip and waist area. The abdominal wall is tightened with permanent sutures, and the excess skin and fat is removed. This procedure may be combined with liposuction to the hips and upper abdominal area.
First of all, it is very important that you follow the schedule of appointments established for you after surgery. Appointments to see the nurse or doctor should be made before or immediately after discharge from hospital. If no appointment has been made, you must ensure that you contact your surgeon and make a follow-up appointment.
Surgery and anaesthesia impose stress on your body. The state of your health will determine how well your body will cope with this stress. It is important that you maximize your general health by exercising, not smoking and having regular checks with your GP, so that conditions such as hypertension, diabetes etc can be controlled.
Smoking increases the risk of post-operative complications after surgery. You should stop smoking for 4 weeks prior to your surgery and for 4 weeks after.
You will be required to list all your medications by writing down the name, the dose and the day each medication is taken. If this is too difficult for you, ask your regular doctor to make a list of your current medications for you. It is important that you also bring all your medications to hospital with you.
You must allow yourself adequate recovery time. You will have restriction to mobility for up to 2 weeks. Too much activity too soon will increase the risk of complications such as seroma (fluid beneath the abdominal skin), bleeding, and infection and delayed healing. You must also allow time for your body to recover from the effects of surgery.
Everyone heals at a different rate. The ability to heal is variable and depends upon a number of factors such as your genetic background, your weight, and your overall state of health and lifestyle (exercise, diet, smoking, drinking, etc.). Your attention to preparing yourself for surgery will be manifest in your post-operative recovery.
The most important thing is to get Support from family and friends. Which can be very helpful, but because they may not understand what is going on why you are doing it, it might concern you, as their comments may unintentionally create emotional turmoil for you. Still, if possible it is best to keep a healthy support always. Of course, the staff at the surgery and your surgeon will tell you honestly how you are doing and what to expect. So you have to trust in your surgeon’s knowledge and experience when your progress is discussed with you.
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