Abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" as it is commonly known, is a procedure that contours the abdominal area. With this procedure, the surgeon makes a long incision from one side of the hipbone to the other. Excess fat and skin are surgically removed from the middle and lower abdomen, and the muscles of the abdomen wall are tightened with sutures.
Possible complications associated with abdominoplasty may include:
Significant scarring. If the incision area does not heal properly, there is a chance of poor quality scar. This can often be treated by a second operation.
Blood clots and infection. As in any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, blood clots, or reaction to the anesthesia.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in good physical condition, but are bothered by large fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that does not respond to diet or exercise.
People who intend to lose weight, and women who plan future pregnancies, should postpone the surgery.
Although each procedure varies, tummy tuck surgeries generally cover the following considerations:
Surgeon's office-based surgical facility
Outpatient surgery center
Local anesthesia and intravenous sedation
Complete abdominoplasty usually takes several hours, depending on the extent of work required.
Abdomen is swollen
Abdomen is painful
Healing is a slow and gradual process. It may take weeks or months to reach a full recovery.
Scars may appear to get worse during the first 3 to 6 months as they heal. It may take up to a year for scars to flatten out and lighten in color, although they may never completely disappear.
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