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Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a major cosmetic procedure used to contour and tighten both abdominal muscles and overlying skin. Tummy tucks are often sought after childbirth or major weight loss, when some women are left with unsightly measures of excess skin and fat, as well as an inability to tighten abdominal muscles through traditional diet and exercise. Once you have decided to have a tummy tuck, you must first meet with your plastic surgeon to assess your suitability. Your surgeon will take into consideration your general health, lifestyle, and expectations regarding the outcome.
There are different types of abdominoplasty ranging from a mini-abdominoplasty, which involves a limited scar above the pubic bone and will address a lower abdominal excess, common following childbirth; right through to a lower body lift or belt lipectomy for patients who have had massive weight loss. A standard abdominoplasty involves an incision from hip to hip, which is generally made low enough to hide with proper undergarments and bathing suit bottoms. The skin and fat is then pulled away from the muscle. Beginning with the rib cage area, the abdominal muscles can be tightened and stitched together ending in the pubic region, creating a smaller, shapelier midsection. From there, the overlaying skin is pulled and tightened, and the excess removed. Finally, your belly button is repositioned in its new location. It is also very common to combine other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, with tummy tucks.
You will wake up from surgery with pillows under your knees and the head of the bed elevated to take the tension from your abdomen. You may need to walk with a stooped posture for about a week and it will take on average, two weeks for the wounds to heal. You will be encouraged to walk as soon as possible after the surgery and strenuous physical activity can often resume after six to eight weeks.
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