Traditional Tummy Tuck
In traditional abdominoplasty, or “ tummy tuck,” procedures, the surgeon removes the excess skin that can result from significant weight loss and aging. Read on to learn more about traditional tummy tuck procedures, including details about what qualifies a good candidate, the actual surgery, and the recovery period.
Traditional Abdominoplasty Candidates
A traditional tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is best suited for healthy women and men who are fairly physically fit, but are unable to achieve their desired abdominal appearance through diet and exercise. Women whose abdominal skin and muscles have been stretched by pregnancy or further damaged by cesarean sections are good candidates for treatment. Tummy tuck procedures are also excellent for individuals who have experienced dramatic weight loss, but are unhappy with the sagging belly left behind. Many patients undergo liposuction surgery in conjunction with tummy tuck.
Traditional Abdominoplasty Surgery
Abdominoplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia. First, the surgeon will make a long incision along the bikini-line, often from hip to hip. Next, the navel will be cut away from the surrounding tissue so that it can be returned to the proper position after the skin has been stretched into place. At this point, the surgeon will raise a flap of abdominal skin and tighten the underlying muscle wall by drawing the muscles closer together and stitching them into their new position. Once the abdominal wall has been redefined, the surgeon will replace the flap of skin, stretching it downward and cutting away any excess tissue. A hole for the navel will then be cut, and the navel will be stitched into place. Often, temporary tummy tuck drains will be inserted to allow excess fluid to drain. The abdominoplasty surgery, itself, usually takes two to five hours.
Traditional Abdominoplasty Recovery
Hospital stays after tummy tuck procedures range from a few hours to a few days, depending on the extent of the surgery and the discretion of the doctor. For a few days following the surgery, most patients experience at least some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled with medication. Patients should begin walking as soon as possible in order to aid in recovery. Exercise is an important step in toning and strengthening the abdominal muscles, but should be avoided until it can be done comfortably. Most people are able to return to work two to four weeks after their tummy tuck procedures. The incisional scar may appear to worsen in the first few weeks or months; however, though it will never completely fade, it should be barely noticeable after nine months to a year.
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Find a Surgeon Experienced in Performing Tummy Tuck Procedures
Despite the development of several variations on abdominoplasty, traditional tummy tuck procedures remain a popular and effective method of removing excess skin and fat from the midsection. If you are interested in learning more about how this cosmetic surgery procedure can give you the toned, trim stomach and waistline you desire, use DocShop’s online directory to contact an experienced surgeon in your area.