A new body with Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty in Miami, Florida

Ever wondered how your next door neighbor has suddenly contoured a flat belly? Abdominoplasty also knonw as a Tummy Tuck is the answer for you. 
Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty has emerged as popular cosmetic surgery procedure to get rid of sagging abdomen.

Who are eligible fo a  tummy tuck?

Women who have undergone pregnancy, aging and weight fluctuations are candidates for tummy tuck. These factors cause stretching of muscles which do not regain their initial shape leading to a protruding abdomen but abdominoplasty has solved this dilemma for such individuals.
studies revealed that tummy tuck is a satisfying and secure procedure done alone or along with another procedure. In a survey, 95% of patients reportedly achieved desired results and 86% were satisfied with this plastic surgery and recommend it to others.

However, pregnant women or those who have recently had a C-section or other surgery are not eligible for it.

 

How is Abdominoplasty performed?

This plastic surgery is performed by qualified surgeons under adequate anesthesia. The procedure is altered depending on requirements of individual patient and type of tummy tuck opted by him.
Generally, few incisions are given in abdomen region to remove excess fat and skin. Muscles are relocated, strengthened and umbilicus is adjusted. After the process is completed, incision is stitched and wound heals with time.

 What are types of tummy tuck?

  • Complete Tummy Tuck:
A traditional full tummy tuck requires an incision from hip-bone to hip-bone, along with a vertical one. These two incisions allow maximum exposure to abdominal and fascia muscles that are strengthened during this procedure. Vertical incision frees the naval from surrounding skin so that extra skin can be removed conveniently.
This is called a complete tummy tuck and although it takes a longer recovery period is required and is considered as extensive work, it attains maximum results.
  • Partial Tummy Tuck:
Partial tummy tuck is less invasive and focuses on lower tummy only. The site of incision is above pubic hairline. Due to the small incision the recovery time is lesser; however, the results are magical in the case of removing localized fat in the lower abdominal area. Naval repositioning is not done in partial tummy tuck.
  • Reverse Tummy Tuck:
Reverse tummy tuck is for women who have sagging skin above the navel. It entails a V shaped incision where skin is pulled upward instead of towards the pubic region. Usually this type of abdominoplasty is followed by breast lift.

Pre and Post-operative Care:

If you are planning to have a tummy tuck procedure, take good care of your health prior to this cosmetic surgery and get yourself assessed by a surgeon before deciding the type of procedure you require. Certain medications should be avoided such as aspirin, should be avoided as they may intrude with blood clotting. Smokers should shun smoking for a few weeks before and after surgery because it interferes with wound healing.
Hensel et al. conducted a survey in 2001 which demonstrated that complications related to wound healing emerge more frequently in smokers and diabetics following abdominoplasty.

What are the side effects of tummy tuck?

Most of the times, this procedure results in a high-quality outcome but few side effects can emerge causing trouble for the patient.
These include:
  • Bleeding
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Skin or fat necrosis
  • Hematoma
  • Numbness

However, practicing required preventive measures can reduce these risks.

References:
1.Hensel, J.M. , J. A. Lehman, M. P. Tantri, M. G. Parker, D. SWagner, and N. S. Topham, et.al. "An Outcomes Analysis and Satisfaction Suvey of 199 Consecutive Abdominoplasties. "Annals ofPlastic Surgery, 46, no. 4 (April1, 2001): 357–63.
2.Vastine, V. L., et al. "Wound Complications of Abdominoplasty in Obese Patients." Annals of Plastic Surgery,41, no.1 (January 1, 1999): 34–9.

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