is a lot to consider when preparing for abdominoplasty surgery. Your final
result will depend on many factors. Since abdominoplasty is major surgery,
patients should educate themselves with what to expect and how to prepare for
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, tightens
the stomach muscles and removes excess fat and skin from the middle to lower
part of the abdomen area. The main goal of the surgery is to make the abdomen
smoother, tighter and flat.
At your consultation, your
plastic surgeon will evaluate your needs and to see if you do qualify for a
tummy tuck and if this is indeed your best option. Your surgeon might suggest
liposuction to be done at the same time with your abdominoplasty to help contour
your body and enhance your tummy tuck results.
Specific risks of the
procedure will be gone over in detail with your surgeon at pre-surgical
consultation. As all surgery, abdominoplasty does have a degree of risk. It is
very important to tell your surgeon all of your medical history, problems, past
surgical procedures and current medications you take. It is very important to
make sure your surgeon knows about any prior abdominal surgeries you might have
The integrity of your skin is
examined along with making note of unnecessary skin and scars you might have. Your plastic surgeon will also check to see where any of the excess tissue is
located, how it hangs, check for hernias and examine your scars. The type of abdominoplasty is predicated on the anatomical defect and the viability of the
consultation the choice of anesthesia, location of surgery, and the costs
involved will be discussed. The risks, benefits and alternate methods of care will be discussed with the
patient in length. It is very important that you have realistic expectations
and that the line of communication is open between the surgeon and patient. If your surgeon
fully understands your expectations, he'll be able to determine whether your
goals are realistic.
Your actual tummy tuck procedure with the length of time you will be spending in
surgery depends on the extent of tissue removal and if there is the necessity
for an additional procedure such as liposuction. Most
Full Tummy Tuck
procedures can last anywhere from two to five hours.
Prior to the start of your
Tummy Tuck, the treatment area is cleansed with betadine solution and also the
incision guidelines will be drawn on your abdominal wall. Because of the time
constraints with a full Tummy Tuck procedure, more than likely you will have
general anesthesia. This will make you more comfortable due to the length of the
procedure. For less invasive procedures, some plastic surgeons will prefer a
local anesthetic with a sedative (commonly referred to as twilight sedation).
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is not a substitute for weight loss or even for an appropriate exercise program.
The results are permanent; however a less than positive outcome can arise from
this surgery if you are not at your optimal weight when having this procedure.
Any weight fluctuations will diminish the outcome. Be sure you are done with
having children, as any subsequent pregnancies as well can wreck havoc on your
results. Most plastic surgeons will recommend that you should postpone a tummy
tuck if you are considering future pregnancies.
Stretch marks may see an improvement after this procedure, but they are not
completely removed. If the stretch marks are in the area where the surgeon will
be excising the excess skin, then those stretch marks will be removed – and
normally this is in the area below the belly button.
Reducing your risks for complications for abdominoplasty
surgery should include you being in good physical health before the procedure.
Your diet should not be overly rigid and you should make sure that you have not
over exposed your skin to the effects of the ultra violet rays from the sun or a
tanning bed. Having your body well rested and properly nourished prior to
surgery will help with wound healing.
If you notice you are feeling ill or you
notice you have gotten a cold, you need to tell your plastic surgeon
immediately. Any kind of slight symptom with a cold or the flu can sometimes
lead to some serious
risks from surgery. Delay of a surgical procedure is better than taking the
chance with the procedure when you are sick.