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Don’t do this after the hourglass tummy tuck

Don’t do this after the hourglass tummy tuck

 

Introduction

For women concerned with the lack of a feminine body shape, there are multiple procedures that can be performed to help get an hourglass body shape. The hourglass silhouette is considered to be the most feminine body shape. What characterizes the hourglass silhouette is similar dimensions for the hips and shoulders and a much smaller waist. This body shape is representative of the ideal standard of feminine beauty not only nowadays but since the beginning of time. 

The procedures performed to help women get the curvaceous body shape are the hourglass hip procedure, hourglass buttock augmentation, hourglass lipo, and the hourglass tummy tuck. Among these procedures, the hourglass tummy tuck is a very complex procedure, performed especially on women who either had bariatric surgery and lost a lot of weight or had multiple pregnancies and have lost the beautiful shape of their body.

In this article, we will discuss a few things about the hourglass tummy tuck and what never to do after the procedure. 

 

Hourglass tummy tuck preparation

Just like with any other surgical procedure, patients are advised to prepare to undergo the hourglass tummy tuck. We are talking not only about a physical preparation, but also a mental one and a preparation of the house and discussing things with friends and relatives.

To undergo the procedure without any issues and with minimal risks, patients are advised to stop taking birth control pills a month before the procedure. Anti-inflammatory medication, as well as natural supplements, need to be avoided for two weeks before the procedure. Make sure to go shopping for food, drinks, and entertainment at least a few days before the procedure and take time to rest before going to the clinic to have your hourglass tummy tuck.

The plastic surgeon will give you a list of prescribed medication. Get them beforehand and have them in handy upon the return home from the medical facility. Don’t drink or eat anything for at least six to eight hours before the procedure as this might create problems with the general anesthesia that is often preferred for the hourglass tummy tuck. 

 

Hourglass tummy tuck operation

The procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthetic. This means that the patient will have no memories from the procedure and will be perfectly comfortable during the operation.

The first step of the procedure is not actually the tummy tuck as some might believe, but liposuction. The hourglass tummy tuck is a combination of three different plastic surgery procedures performed at the same time. We have liposuction, tummy tuck, and fat transfer to the hips. 

The first is liposuction, which has two roles here. First, it is used to eliminate unwanted fat deposits from the flanks and the abdominal wall to make the midline smaller. Then, we need the fat collected with liposuction to inject into the hips at the last stage of the procedure. After the plastic surgeon is happy with the results achieved with liposuction, he will move on to the next stage: the tummy tuck.

Keep in mind that the results achieved with liposuction are entirely dependent on the anatomy of the patient. The plastic surgeon can only eliminate the excess of fat, and if the patient has a naturally wide waist, the results won’t be as impressive, and this is why it is important to also undergo the last stage of the procedure: fat transfer to the hips.

When performing the tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will perform it like a classic abdominoplasty. The incision is made on the lower part of the tummy, the skin is detached from the muscles to strengthen the muscles with sutures, and then the skin is re-draped over the tummy and the excess of saggy skin is eliminated. 

Fat transfer to the hips is the last stage of the hourglass tummy tuck. During this part of the procedure, the fat collected with liposuction is then processed with a centrifugation machine and reinjected into the hips to create a better projection and more alluring curves. We don’t need too much fat to create impressive results when it comes to fat transfer to the hips, and this means that most patients interested in the hourglass tummy tuck are also good candidates for the procedure. 

 

Things not to do after an hourglass tummy tuck 

After the hourglass tummy tuck is performed, it is important for the patient to follow the instructions of the plastic surgeon. This way, we can avoid unwanted complications and not altering the results before they become final. Keep in mind that correct patient behavior after the hourglass tummy tuck is just as important as choosing a talented, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to play out the procedure. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t do after an hourglass tummy tuck:

 

–    Don’t smoke

Smoking is bad for you, your loved ones, and also the environment. But more than anything else, smoking is bad for healing after the hourglass tummy tuck. Smoking can lead to poor oxygenation of the tissues affected by surgery, delaying the wound healing process and even causing complications such as fat tissue necrosis. Even the fat that was transferred to the hips can be affected by smoking and die. The first three to six weeks after the hourglass tummy tuck are essential for the new cells transferred to develop a new blood network. Don’t smoke during this time and you will manage to avoid smoking induced complications and get satisfactory results after the procedure. 

 

–    Don’t lie on the hips

Any type of pressure on the hips can cause the death of the fat cells transferred if it occurs in the first few weeks post-op. It can take up to a month for the fat cells transferred to get a new blood network that will ensure their survival in the area where they were transferred, so during this time avoid resting or sleeping on the sides of the body. Sleeping on the tummy after the hourglass tummy tuck is also to be avoided, so make sure you only rest on your back, preferably with the back slightly bent forward and the knees bent too. 

 

–    Don’t drink caffeinated and carbonated beverages

The food and drinks that you will choose in the first two weeks after the hourglass tummy tuck can make all the difference for the recovery process and also can help you avoid complications. Because we have an incision that is rather larger on the lower part of the tummy, the patient needs to avoid bloating, constipation, and an upset tummy for at least a week or two after the hourglass tummy tuck. For many patients, this means that they need to stay away from caffeinated and carbonated beverages. A good option is to drink plenty of water, herbal infusions, and fresh fruit and vegetable juice. 

 

–    Don’t gain or lose weight

This is important for the sustainability of your results in the long run. Any weight fluctuation can alter the results and trigger the need for additional plastic surgery procedures to correct the aesthetic imperfections. Keeping a constant weight is good for your health and will also ensure you sustain the hourglass figure for longer. Keep in mind that weight fluctuations are one of the factors that can have a significant effect on the aesthetics of the body before or after the surgery. 

 

–    Don’t get pregnant again

Pregnancy is just one of the factors that can trigger the unsightly appearance of the tummy that makes the hourglass tummy tuck necessary in the first place. This is why it is important for patients to undergo this complex procedure only when they know they are done having children and not planning for pregnancy after the procedure. It is important to allow at least a year or two to pass since the surgery before getting pregnant again to allow the body to heal and restore. 

 

Conclusion

There are a few things that should never be done after the hourglass tummy tuck if you want to sustain beautiful results for longer. Among these things, it is important not to smoke, and keep a restrictive diet as this can have a strong influence on the healing process and prolong it unnecessarily. To sustain the results of the hourglass tummy tuck for longer, you should avoid weight fluctuations and an ulterior pregnancy. Make sure you are fully informed about correct post-operative behavior, even before scheduling your tummy tuck surgery. 

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