Is the tummy tuck a complex procedure?
Is the tummy tuck a complex procedure?
The unsightly appearance of the tummy can trigger emotional complexes for men and women confronted with it. The tummy tuck comes to correct the excessive skin sagginess that can be present on the tummy and also strengthen loose abdominal muscles.
When interested in resorting to plastic surgery to enhance the appearance of the tummy, many patients want to know if the tummy tuck is a complex procedure. Many people think of liposuction when considering methods to improve the appearance of the tummy, but few know that there is little that liposuction can do in the case of extreme sagginess. Moreover, liposuction can and should only be used when there is an excess of adipose tissue and avoided when there is an excess of skin. During liposuction, the subcutaneous fat is extracted and this can create more excess skin if the skin doesn’t have good tonus to retract on the new contours of the body after the procedure.
Compared to liposuction, the tummy tuck is a much more complex procedure. Moreover, during a tummy tuck n, the plastic surgeon might recommend having liposuction performed as well to improve the aesthetic results.
The tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia so the patient won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the operation. The procedure can begin with liposuction of the abdominal wall and the flanks to reduce the layer of fat in the area. Afterwards, the plastic surgeon will make an incision on the suprapubic area. The skin and underlying fat tissue are detached from the muscles of the abdominal wall and elevated up to the level of the rib cage. At this point, the plastic surgeon will address the issues of the abdominal muscles and correct them. Often, women who have had multiple pregnancies suffer from diastasis recti, which is a condition defined by a gap created between the left and right muscles of the abdomen. During the tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will use sutures to bring the loose abdominal muscles together and strengthen them to create a firm and flat appearance of the tummy. After this stage is completed, the skin is re-draped on the abdominal wall and tension is created for a flat and firm look. In some cases, the reposition of the navel might be necessary, but it all depends on the complexity of the procedure. There are different types of tummy tucks that can be performed, starting with a mini tummy tuck and up to an extended tummy tuck that entails incisions even on the flanks to get rid of the sagginess in that area as well.
The recovery period after the tummy tuck is often no less than ten days and during this time, the patient is advised to rest on the back, with the upper body slightly elevated to 30%. The main concern for the first few weeks post-op is not to put pressure on the incisions.
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