When can the tummy tuck be performed?
When can the tummy tuck be performed?
Abdominoplasty is the medical term we use for the very popular tummy tuck. The tummy tuck is performed to enhance the appearance of the abdominal wall in patients suffering from an excess of skin on the lower part of the tummy, loose abdominal muscles, and even umbilical hernia.
The procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthetic and entails one or multiple incisions on the tummy that will be used by the plastic surgeon to eliminate the excess of skin that is saggy.
The unsightly appearance of the tummy can be caused by many different factors and can occur sooner or later in life in both men and women. However, the main factors that we consider responsible for a not-so-great looking tummy are weight fluctuations and multiple pregnancies.
When coming to the pre-operative consultation for the tummy tuck, many patients want to know when can the tummy tuck be performed. To answer this question, we need to address different aspects of the procedure. First, the tummy tuck can be performed only if the patient doesn’t have severe or chronic lung, heart and blood conditions that present contraindications. Aside from the health aspect, we have logistic and emotional elements to discuss. For example, the tummy tuck can be performed only if the patient can take at least two weeks from work for the recovery period. It is not realistic to expect to undergo a plastic surgery procedure of this complexity and think you can get back to work the day after. During the recovery period, the patient needs to take enough rest and adopt a specific behavior to avoid complications, so taking time off from work and even a stoppage of daily activities is needed and recommended for a week or two post-op.
Getting to the emotional part, the tummy tuck can be performed when the patient is ready for it. What does this mean? Just like any other surgery, the tummy tuck is associated with certain risks and complications, and there are also long-term consequences that the patient has to deal with after the tummy tuck. During the pre-operative consultation, the patient should find out all the details from the plastic surgeon and only undergo the procedure if he understands and accepts that there will be long-term side effects. For example, scarring is one of the long-term consequences that the patients will be confronted with after the tummy tuck. This procedure will leave behind a permanent scar that is positioned on the inferior part of the tummy on the suprapubic area. This scar can be as long as from one hip bone to the other, and an additional scar around the belly button can be necessary if a repositioning of the navel is mandatory.
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