What Is a Tummy Tuck?
The common tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Though abdominoplasty can dramatically alter one’s appearance, it does leave a permanent scar.
Checklist for a Tummy Tuck
Healthcare professionals urge patients to try and lose weight through exercise and diet before opting for abdominoplasty. Also healthcare professionals warn about a dramatic change in appearance and its effects on self esteem after undergoing the process. Though a fairly common surgery and relatively safe when performed by qualified plastic surgeons, the risks associated with a tummy tuck can include post operative infections, blood clots, and poor healing. The best way to guard against these complications is to follow the instructions of your healthcare professional closely. A frank discussion between patient and doctor regarding the expectations from the surgery, the risks involved, the correct procedure required for a particular patient, the anesthesia to be used, and the cost should take place before the surgery. Do bear in mind that most health insurance policies do not cover the cost of abdominoplasty, so be sure to check your policy.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Depending on one’s doctor, the procedure can take place either in an outpatient surgical center or at a hospital, under local or general anesthesia. A complete tummy tuck takes two to five hours, while a partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two. Depending on what the healthcare professional suggests, it is a good idea to have him or her walk one through the process to learn about the surgery and its complexities in detail. Recovery may take between two weeks to a month depending on one’s physical state prior to the surgery. Scars usually take up to a year to lighten though they will never disappear completely.