March 12, 2015
Does it ever feel like you’ve done thousands of sit-ups but just aren’t seeing the results you want? If you still have stubborn fat or excess skin around your abdomen and it’s not responding to diet or exercise, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The medical term for a tummy tuck is abdominoplasty, and it’s a surgery that flattens the abdomen. The excess fat and skin are removed thus tightening the abdominal wall. Though fundamentally different from liposuction, many patients opt to get liposuction along with a tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, and you should understand the facts relating to the surgery in order to decide if this is the right decision for you. Everyone has different personal goals and it’s important to manage your expectations.
The first step towards determining if the tummy tuck is right for you is to choose a surgeon and see him or her for a consultation. During this meeting, the surgeon will discuss with you your goals and medical history. Smokers will be required to stop smoking for at least the two weeks preceding and following the surgery. And, no cheaters – it’s not enough to minimize the smoking; you must completely stop smoking during this time frame because it leads to complications and diminishes the healing process.
In a complete abdominoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision in your abdomen across the hipbone region and contour the skin, tissue, and muscle as needed. The surgery involves moving your belly button, and drainage tubes may be inserted under the skin for several days. In a partial abdominoplasty, also called a mini-abdominoplasty, the surgeon will not need to move your belly button. The mini-abdominoplasty is typically done on people whose fat deposits are below the navel area; the procedure may take as little as two hours.
The patient should plan to have a trusted friend or loved one drive him or her home following the surgery. If the patient lives alone, it’s recommended that the companion stays with him or her for at least the first night after the procedure. Depending on the individual case, the patient may be advised to spend the first night in the hospital.
During the procedure, the patient will be put under general anesthesia. Whether the procedure entails a partial or complete abdominoplasty, the targeted area will be stitched and bandaged. It’s crucial to follow the surgeon’s instructions to properly care for the bandages in the days following surgery. The typical bandage used is a firm, elastic band that promotes proper healing. The surgeon will also instruct the patient on sitting and lying positions that will help to ease pain.
The patient may not endure strenuous activity for at least six weeks following the procedure, and may need to take up to a month off of work after the surgery in order to ensure proper recovery. Follow your surgeon’s advice at all times during the recovery period.
In general, patients are very happy with the outcomes of the surgery. Though you may not feel quite like yourself for the weeks or months after surgery, healing takes time for every patient. Diet and exercise can help you maintain the results of your tummy tuck.
Dr. Amjadi is a very experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston. He has performed many successful tummy tucks. Contact the office to set up a free consultation where Dr. Amjadi will explain the procedure in depth and address any questions you may have.
Tummy Tucks - Before and After
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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