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What is a tummy tuck?
The Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a complex surgical procedure of reconstruction of the abdominal wall, which includes fat transfer in order to reshape the abdomen, waist, and contour of the body.
Although the majority of Tummy Tuck surgery patients are women, men can also have this procedure.
While it is true that its effectiveness, in terms of shaping the body is proven, the Tummy Tuck is not indicated for weight loss as a substitute for diet or physical exercise; Therefore, this surgery should be performed only when the patient has experienced a signiﬁcant loss of weight.
To achieve a long-lasting and natural result, it is highly recommended that patients maintain a healthy diet and incorporate a physical exercise routine.
This surgical intervention can be done as an independent procedure or combined with other aesthetic procedures such as Liposuction. The result is a ﬂat and ﬁrm abdomen, without excess fat or skin.
The tummy tuck is one of the ﬁve most popular cosmetic procedures in South Florida. In recent years, the number of Tummy Tuck surgeries performed in this state has experienced a boom compared to previous years.
Tummy Tuck | Technique and Protocol
In tummy tuck surgery, the necessary degree of correction will determine the shape and length of the incision, through which weakened abdominal muscles are corrected and sutured while excess fat and skin are removed.
Sometimes an incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Whatever the variant, a Tummy Tuck operation begins with the incision in the abdomen, to access the abdominal muscles and adipose tissue located in the belly area.
After tensioning the muscles, the skin is placed in its desired position and the part of excess skin is removed.
Tummy Tuck | Incision methods
The incision for a full tummy tuck usually runs from hip to hip and can be done in a V or U shape, so that the scar is hidden when wearing a bikini.
The surgeon will determine the shape and length of the incision according to the patient’s preferences and the amount of correction he needs.
The incision around the belly button can also be made.
With a Mini Tummy tuck, the surgeon can make the incision as low as possible; so that it is hidden in the pubic area. The skin of the abdomen that is removed is below the navel and therefore there are no incisions around it.
The length of the incision will vary depending on the amount of skin removed. In a circumferential tummy tuck or Belt Tummy tuck, the incision is made around the entire body following the waistline, like a belt.
This is a procedure that removes excess skin from the sides of the abdomen and back, helping to better deﬁne the ﬁgure.
Recovery and care after Tummy Tuck surgery
Once the tummy tuck procedure has been performed, the patient should follow the doctor’s instructions.
Our professionals will advise you during the postoperative period. Generally, recovery after Tummy tuck surgery takes 7 to 10 days in which the patient should rest.
After the ﬁrst 24 hours, the patient will have their ﬁrst follow-up appointment to review how the surgery went.
After seven days the doctor will check your drains and general condition. Normally drains are removed at this medical appointment.
It is very important not to remove them before the medical staff so indicates. Every seven days the patient will have a follow-up appointment until they reach the month, which is usually the approximate date of the medical discharge.
The Tummy Tuck patient is recommended to take at least 7 to 10 days of rest before joining their daily activities.
After these days the patient can resume some of their activities as long as they do not perform activities that require physical effort.
The use of anticoagulant medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen during the post-surgical period is not recommended.
Tummy Tuck | Frequent questions
1. What is the ideal age to have a tummy tuck?
There is no “ideal” age in the life of a woman or a man to have a tummy tuck, but the most common is that in the case of a woman this surgery is performed after she has given birth and does not plan to have more children.
When it comes to an obese or overweight person, the Tummy Tuck intervention must be done after you have lost all the weight you want to lose.
2. How can I take care of my children after a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy Tuck surgery is very popular among mothers after pregnancy and, therefore, caring for children is a common concern. Due to the limitations to lift the weight and perform physical exertion, the woman will have to have full-time help to take care of young children during the ﬁrst weeks after surgery.
Even lifting a 25-pound child, too soon, after a tummy tuck may jeopardize their results. It is essential that the patient carefully follow the instructions of her cosmetic surgeon. The woman should be able to resume many of her parental functions, such as driving, cooking, and shopping, after 2 or 3 weeks.
Just make sure someone helps you load the purchase, feed the pets, and other more active tasks.
3. After pregnancy, my belly needs reconstruction, but my breasts too. Can you work on both at the same time?
Not only is the answer “yes”, but the combination of a tummy tuck with a breast lift or breast augmentation is a very common request among our patients.
Moms deserve to have their bodies back once they have gone through the different stages of pregnancy and lactation, that is why in our clinic we have thought about facilitating this process and we have the Mommy Makeover at your disposal, which is no more than the combination of some procedures that help improve the female ﬁgure after motherhood.
4. Can a Tummy Tuck eliminate my stretch marks?
It depends on where the stretch marks are located, but the answer is usually “yes.” A Tummy Tuck removes most of the skin in the lower abdomen, and any stretch marks in this area will be removed along with ﬂabby skin.
Stretch marks outside that area cannot be removed, but they can be treated by stretch mark camouﬂage, a Cosmetological procedure that is gaining more and more recognition in our clinic.