Tummy tuck surgery or Abdominoplasty in medical terms, refers to the surgical removal of fat and excess skin from the abdomen. The physicians recommend a tummy tuck surgery if it is a medical necessity as reconstructive surgery or if it improves functioning of some or the other body parts.
There are risks associated with the tummy tuck surgery as seen in case of any other surgery. So you should have realistic expectations about the surgery. You should not see the surgery as a weight loss program as it is more of a corrective surgery and used for body sculpting.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you are overweight or obese and have drastic weight loss plans, then you should postpone your tummy tuck surgery to a later date. Women who are planning pregnancies too should postpone their tummy tuck surgery as there are chances that the flab may return and would need further tummy tuck surgeries in future.
Diabetics, people with heart or lung diseases, or other severe medical problems like a history of clot formation are not ideal candidates for a tummy tuck surgery and need to consult their physicians. An ideal candidate is one with an almost normal weight, and having fat pockets in his abdominal region which is non responsive to diet and exercise.
Tummy tuck surgery removes fat from the middle and lower part of the abdomen.
It can be done in combination with liposuction to get rid of excess fat. You need to do some research and find the best surgeon suitable to take up your case keeping the cost factor in mind. Prior to surgery, your doctor should explain the procedure, benefits, recovery time as well as risks and cost of the surgery. The doctor may suggest certain precautions while preparing for the surgery. For example, female patients may be asked to stop oral contraceptive pills until after the surgery as it increases the risk of getting blood clots in the legs. You may be asked to stop smoking before and after the tummy tuck surgery as smokers are at risk of getting chest infection during anaesthesia. You would also be asked to stop taking anti inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen eight to ten days before the surgery as they can cause bleeding during and after the tummy tuck surgery.
Some patients can go home on the same day of the tummy tuck surgery, whereas others need to stay in the hospital for a few days.
This basically depends on the kind of surgery performed on the patient. Sometimes it is minimally invasive but alternately can affect and is performed on a larger area too.
The tummy tuck surgery can result in pain and discomfort in the abdomen, numbness, bleeding and swelling and a feeling of nausea and vomiting for a few days. These usually go away with time and medication. However some degree of permanent numbness may remain forever.
The results of the tummy tuck surgery last for a long time if you do not lose or gain weight. However you still need to look for a healthy substitute like a healthy diet and regular exercise.