The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. If you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery, your doctor may recommend against abdominoplasty or may caution you that scars could be unusually prominent.
What does the surgery involve?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that will remove excess fat and skin from around the waist and removes excess skin to leave a flatter, lower body profile and younger-looking abdomen. It´s possible to combine with lipo of the hips.
How long does the surgery take?
Depending on the technique used and whether this is combined with any other surgery such as liposuction the operation usually takes between 2-2 1/2 hours.You will have to stay in the clinic for 2 or 3 nights.
What will happen in the recovery period?
After the operation the operative region will be painful similar to after contusion and will be swollen as well. You will be adviced to apply ice to the operative regions. The swelling disappears within 2-6 months.The recovery depends on each individual patient. Some return to work after only two weeks while others take three or four weeks to recuperate. You can usually expect to be back to full activity after six weeks. Heavy lifting or strenuous activity is not advised in the first 6-8 weeks after surgery. You should also avoid the sun for 3 months after the surgery.
What can I expect from abdominoplasty?
You have to be realistic in your expectations. The effects of a tummy-tuck are generally long lasting provided you follow a balanced dieat and exercise regularly.