Endoscopic Tummy Tuck
Endoscopic tummy tuck is a minimally invasive abdominoplasty procedure that results in fewer side effects such as scarring, swelling, and bruising as well as a shorter recovery time than other tummy tuck methods. Read on to learn more about endoscopic tummy tuck, including how candidates for the procedure are determined, to how the procedure is performed, and what patients can expect during recovery.
Endoscopic Tummy Tuck Candidates
The endoscopic tummy tuck is a variation on the mini tummy tuck technique in which special instruments are used to minimize the size of the incision scar. Unlike other tummy tuck methods, no skin is removed during an endoscopic tummy tuck; therefore, the best candidate for this type of abdominoplasty is one who has a protruding abdomen but only small amounts of excess skin. In order to achieve optimal results, endoscopic tummy tuck patients should also have good skin elasticity.
Endoscopic Tummy Tuck Surgery
The surgeon performs this form of mini abdominoplasty through several small incisions with the aid of an endoscope, a lighted tube with a camera on the end of it. Incisions are made along the pubic bone and in or around the belly button, so scars are barely visible and are easily concealed. Using long, slender instruments specially designed for endoscopic surgery, the surgeon tightens the abdominal muscles and sutures them into place, restoring a toned appearance to the abdominal area. The surgeon may also use liposuction to improve the contour of the abdomen during an endoscopic tummy tuck. Once the surgeon is satisfied with the appearance of the newly toned tummy, he or she closes the incisions, and the patient begins the period of recovery from the endoscopic tummy tuck procedure.
Endoscopic Tummy Tuck Recovery
Endoscopic surgery leaves smaller scars than traditional surgical methods and can result in less bleeding, swelling, and bruises. After an endoscopic tummy tuck, patients may experience slight to moderate discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but are usually able to return to normal activities within a week or two of their procedure. Following surgery, it is important for patients to consult with their surgeons before beginning any strenuous exercise or activity.
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Locate a Tummy Tuck Surgeon near You
The endoscopic mini tummy tuck, also called "scarless tummy tuck," has been performed successfully by surgeons around the world with dependable, highly satisfactory results. Your cosmetic surgeon will evaluate your particular case and recommend the method of abdominoplasty that he or she feels will achieve the best results. If you would like to learn more about endoscopic tummy tuck and other abdominoplasty procedures, use DocShop’s online directory to locate a surgeon near you.