Before and after the hourglass tummy tuck
Before and after the hourglass tummy tuck
The hourglass tummy tuck is a modern and cutting-edge procedure developed to help women get a firm and flat abdomen while also achieving an hourglass silhouette. The hourglass silhouette is defined by the ratio between shoulders, waist, and hips. The waist should be 20 to 30% smaller than the shoulders, and the hips should have similar dimensions. This ratio is representative of beautiful curves in all the right places. The hourglass body has been a symbol of femininity and sex appeal for a very long time now, and there are many celebrities that have impressed us over the decades with this beautiful silhouette.
This procedure was created for women who are suffering due to an unsightly appearance of the abdominal area but also want a more considerable improvement on the whole body after undergoing plastic surgery.
In this article, we will discuss what happens before and after the hourglass tummy tuck.
Preparing for the hourglass tummy tuck
Your journey towards a flatter and firmer tummy and a more curvaceous body starts with a visit to the plastic surgeon’s office. Make sure to choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced and talented and also board-certified to play out your procedure. It is essential to have someone highly skilled if you want to maximize the results.
During the pre-operative consultation, the plastic surgeon will assess your candidacy and also tell you how to prepare and what can be expected after the procedure.
Among the things you need to do before the hourglass tummy tuck is to stop birth control medication a month before the procedure is scheduled. It is also important to stop taking natural supplements and certain anti-inflammatory medication for two weeks before the procedure; otherwise, there is a high risk of excessive bleeding due to the blood thinning properties of these medications and supplements.
The physical preparation for the hourglass tummy tuck also includes having a balanced eating and exercise regimen before the procedure. This means that the patient should be careful not to overeat but also not to keep a strict diet a month before the procedure as the recovery period might be prolonged.
Patients getting ready to undergo the hourglass tummy tuck are advised to discuss the procedure and the recovery period with their family and friends. As they won’t be able to drive back home from the medical facility, they need someone to help them along with the chores around the house for at least a few days post-op.
Before the hourglass tummy tuck, patients should carefully consider the reasons why they want to undergo the procedure as this will help them navigate the recovery period easier.
The hourglass tummy tuck
The hourglass tummy tuck actually entails a combination of procedures all performed in the same sitting. The plastic surgeon will start the procedure with liposuction that is usually performed on the midline to reduce the dimensions of the waist. Fat is removed from the abdominal area and the flanks for a smaller waist and improved silhouette. After liposuction, the fat is purified through a centrifugation process. Meanwhile, the plastic surgeon will move on to the next stage of the procedure, namely the tummy tuck.
During this stage, an incision will be performed on the lower part of the tummy in the suprapubic area. The length of the incision depends on the amount of tissue that is in excess on the tummy. The plastic surgeon will then detach the skin and fat tissue from the abdominal wall muscles. The muscles are strengthened with sutures to create a firm abdomen. Umbilical hernia, if present, will be corrected as well. After fixing the muscles, the surgeon will re-drape the skin on the abdominal wall, making sure there is enough tension to create a flat and firm appearance. The excess of skin is removed and the incision is sutured.
After this step is completed is the final stage: fat transfer to the hips. Fat transfer to the hips is performed with the goal of making the hips wider to create beautiful curves. The fat that is transferred to the hips is the fat that has been previously collected with liposuction and purified. Only the healthiest and purest fat cells are used for grafting to the hips. The plastic surgeon will inject more fat than actually necessary to make the hips more voluminous as up to 30% of the fat injected will be reabsorbed by the body in the next few months following the procedure. After this step is completed, compression bandages are applied over the operated areas and the patient is moved to recovery.
After the hourglass tummy tuck
The hospitalization period after the hourglass tummy tuck is not very long. Most patients can be released from the medical facility within hours after waking up from the general anesthesia. After being discharged from the hospital, the patient can go home for the recovery period.
Generally speaking, the recovery period after the hourglass tummy tuck is about two weeks. The patient is advised to follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon to the letter. Immediately after the surgery, there is a strong recommendation to get off the bed and move around for a few minutes every couple of hours. Otherwise, there is a high risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
While it is important to get out and about as soon as possible after waking up from the effects of the anesthesia, this doesn’t mean that the patient is allowed to engage in physically demanding activities. The recommendation for the first few days post-op is to take things slowly, move around the room, but avoid any type of intense physical activities that could put pressure on the areas operated. Even something as common as laughing, sneezing, and coughing should be avoided during the first two weeks as the pressure on the abdominal wall muscles can cause the opening of the incisions.
After the hourglass tummy tuck, patients can experience a certain level of pain and discomfort. The recommendation is not to walk with the back straight but slightly bent forward. At the same time, the recommended resting positions after the hourglass tummy tuck are on the back, with the knees flexed or with pillows under the back to provide a 30% elevation and inclination.
There is a risk of developing an infection after the hourglass tummy tuck and to avoid this, the plastic surgeon will prescribe antibiotics for five days post-op. Make sure to take the antibiotics as prescribed as well as the pain medication to ensure a fast and smooth recovery period.
You will receive many other recommendations from the plastic surgeon regarding the hourglass tummy tuck. However, among the most important is wearing the compression garments. Compression garments are useful to reduce the swelling and pain post-op and also to refine the results. Patients who wear the compression garments for as long as recommended often achieve better results and have a shorter recovery period compared to patients who don’t wear them. Make sure to get compression garments that are of the right size and fit and of a good quality to allow the skin to breathe.
The final results can take more than six months to transpire because the cicatrization process has many stages and can take a while. Keep this in mind and don’t hurry to assess the results when the initial side effects after surgery are still visible. The normal side effects that can occur after the hourglass tummy tuck, as well as many other plastic surgery procedures, are swelling and bruising.
The before and after periods of the hourglass tummy tuck are very important for the success of the procedure. Patients are required to spend some time and put in efforts to prepare for the procedure, both physically and emotionally, and also get a friend or family member to help them around the house for a few days after the procedure.
The first two weeks after the hourglass tummy tuck is the recovery period during which patients are advised to strictly follow rules that are made to ensure the healing is smooth and fast and complications are avoided. Make sure to choose an experienced plastic surgeon to play out your hourglass tummy tuck as the procedure is very complex but delicate at the same time.