TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE STEPS
If you have excess fat on your abdomen, you have probably tried many methods to get rid of it, such as exercise and diet. If your stomach has sagged as a result of pregnancy, heredity factors, or abrupt weight change, a tummy tuck can be a great option for you.
The tummy tuck procedure is perfect for you if you are in good mental and physical health, are at a stable weight, and don’t smoke. It can be completed in a two- to three-hour surgical session under general sedation. Below are the steps involved in the tummy tuck surgery:
Step 1: Selection of incision site
The procedure starts with your plastic surgeon selecting a site for incision. Your doctor will use a surgical marker to identify the site. If you have told your surgeon that you’ll be wearing low-cut underwear or a bikini, the mark will be placed on your lower tummy.
Step 2: Disinfecting the abdomen and pubis region
In the second step, your doctor will disinfect your tummy and pubis area with an antiseptic liquid. This step is important because it decreases the likelihood of infection at the surgical site.
Step 3: Blood pressure check and application of compression cuff
In this step, the surgeon will use an apparatus to check your blood pressure. In order to decrease the risk of blood clot formation, your surgeon may apply compression cuffs on your legs.
Step 4: The administration of sedation or general anesthesia
Step 4 is the most critical step because the tummy tuck procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so chances are you will receive sedation in the form of gas via a surgical mask. There is also the possibility that your plastic surgeon will administer sedation via an IV line. During your initial consultation sessions with your doctor, you should make sure to ask what sort of anesthesia will be used during the surgery.
Step 5: The incision
After the administration of anesthesia, you will be asleep and step 5 will occur. Your surgeon will make an careful incision at the selected site in the lower region of your tummy. If you are undergoing a mini tummy tuck, your surgeon will create a very short incision. Your belly button will stay intact while your surgeon lifts the skin and fat off the belly muscle.
Step 6: Abdominal muscle examination and tightening
In this step, your belly muscle will be examined to see if it has detached at the midpoint, and if so, the muscles will be sealed to tighten your sagging abdominal wall.
Step 7: Removal of extra fat and skin
This step involves the removal of extra skin and fat. Accurate measurements will be taken in order to prevent rigidity after the closure of the incision. The fat will be extracted, and your skin will be tightened and closed.
Step 8: Placement of cannula
This is the final step in the usual tummy tuck; your plastic surgeon will place a cannula between your skin layers at the surgical site, so blood and fluids that accumulate at the location can be drained away. The cannula will be removed during your follow-up consultation.
Step 9: Fat transfer
If you have an hourglass tummy tuck, fat transfer will be done on your hips for the ultimate hourglass shape.
You can return to your normal routine within two weeks after a tummy tuck; however, you should be careful to avoid engaging in strenuous activities. The full results of the tummy tuck will be apparent after at least six months.
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