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What Is An Abdominoplasty?

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Some people find it impossible to restore the tone of their abdominal region on their own, especially after a pregnancy or rapid weight loss. When that happens, many men and women turn to the plastic surgery procedure known as an abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck operation.

If you are having trouble regaining that flat stomach after pregnancy or extreme weight loss, it may be time to consider having an abdominoplasty done. To see if this procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Carter today for a consultation.

Who makes a Good Candidate for this Type of Procedure?

As we age, our skin loses its natural elasticity, and for some people it just will not snap back as it should. A tummy tuck would then be the answer.

It is always a wise idea to consult with an expert in the field before agreeing to undergo this type of body contouring procedure. This is an invasive surgery and the recovery time is longer than other cosmetic surgical procedures. The after tummy tuck care program may be more than some people can take.

Types of Procedures

There are two distinct types of tummy tuck operations: modified abdominoplasty and full abdominoplasty.

In the modified technique, the plastic surgeon will remove the fat and skin from the lower part on the stomach. This procedure leaves behind a relatively small scar and most people who opt for this procedure usually consider having liposuction done at a later time in the upper region of the abdomen in order to achieve that much-desired flat stomach.

The full tummy tuck is the preferred option for women who have had multiple pregnancies and for men and women who have lost a lot of weight rapidly. In a full tummy tuck, the fat and excess skin from the abdominal area is removed and the stomach muscles are tightened. Scarring is usually restricted to the lower abdomen and the recovery time from this operation is much longer than it would be from the modified technique. In some cases, the operation may also include relocating the bellybutton.

What to Expect During Recovery

The tummy tuck, depending on which technique is performed on you, can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete. You would be required to stay in the hospital for about two nights for observation post procedure. When you are discharged, you will be wearing a post-surgery abdominal garment, which has to be worn to prevent or minimize swelling, bruising, and to keep you from overdoing any activity immediately after surgery.

To heal completely after an abdominoplasty, you must be able to take off at least four weeks from work or school, sometimes up to six weeks, depending on the procedure you had done.  It is best to take complete bed rest during this time and do little to no activity during this time. The after-care papers you receive from your surgeon will include complete instructions for bathing, dressing, diet and activity restrictions and it is essential that you follow them all to the letter.

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