What is a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck is a surgical procedure for men and women that aims to abdominal wall reconstruction. For this removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and muscles are treated to improve the contour. It leaves a scar on the lower abdominal ( pubis) that can go from hip to hip, but is done in a way that can be covered with underwear or bathing suit.
There are possible complications during surgery and after this to women who have made very strict diets supply to the point of presenting malnutrition. Also women considering pregnancy after having surgery is not advised to carry it out, because they can lose the results.
A positive aspect is that in many cases, some scars and stretch marks below the navel disappear with the skin and fat is removed.
How is a tummy tuck surgery performed?
The operation is usually done under general anesthesia or epidural. The approximate length of a tummy tuck is 2-4 hours depending on the individual patient. After making the incision, removes excess skin and fat, then exposed muscles treated with points to define the shape and tone is returned to the abdominal wall. Finally proceed to suture the skin and leave some drainage tubes to prevent accumulation of fluids. Usually the patient is hospitalized 1-2 days to avoid complications.
After surgery, avoid lying down for long periods of time, walk short distances with frequent deep breaths and breathe the chest to prevent pulmonary complications (accumulation of secretions and infection).
The first postoperative day should keep your legs bent with some support. The abdomen will be swollen and will feel a little pain will be controlled with painkillers.
Back to home in 4 weeks
What care should be taken after a tummy tuck?
The patient should wear a special garment for a certain period of time.
After the first or second week after surgery, the patient can resume normal activities gradually and full recovery will follow. During the first 3 months the scar will be thick and red, but with proper management can be improving gradually appearance.
You can give a reduction of sensitivity or tingling in the lower abdominal area, but after a few weeks this sensitivity recovers. Also you may feel pain when sitting as the abdominal muscles contract, this pain anger disappearing with each passing day. It is important to remember that you can see the areas of sagging fat rearranged.
When we can see the resultes?
After the tummy tuck the changes are noticed immediately, however, after the surgery there is always inflammation. This inflammation will disappear with the passage of time, most disappear in the first month, after three months most of the inflammation will have disappeared. The final results can be seen after 6 months.
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