This procedure is a good option for anyone who wants to remove excess skin and small fat deposits left behind after childbirth or weight loss. This includes people who have lost weight after having weight-loss surgery, as well as those who have lost weight primarily through exercise or dieting. The ideal candidate is:
If you still have a lot of weight you want to lose, or are planning to have more children in the future, it may be wiser to put off having a tummy tuck. This is because losing more weight or having more children will further change your body, and that may undo some or all of the effects of the tummy tuck procedure.
During a typical tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will make incisions to remove most of the skin and fat between your belly button and pubic hair. Connective tissue that lies over the abdominal muscles is then tightened with permanent sutures. He will then reposition the skin around your belly button. Your bellybutton will be brought out through a small incision and sutured in its normal position. The incision from hip to hip above the pubic hair will be stitched together and will leave a scar that falls along the natural crease within the bikini line.The procedure lasts about 3-4 hours.
Your abdominal incision and belly button will be covered with surgical dressing. Small tubes may be placed along the incision site to drain any excess r fluid. You’ll wear a supportive abdominal garment for about six weeks after your tummy tuck. This helps prevent fluid buildup and provides abdominal support while you heal. For the first six weeks after a tummy tuck, you’ll need to be careful when moving around. You’ll also need to avoid positions that strain your incision line — such as quickly bending at the waist — to prevent the reopening of the wound.
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