5 things to know before getting a tummy tuck

Living healthy is harder than it seems. With family, work, and stress, your body just isn’t what it used to be. Although diet and exercise is always the key to a healthy lifestyle, there is nothing wrong with jump-starting your new life with a Tummy Tuck. Tummy Tucks are all the rage in modern plastic surgery. The surgery gets rid of any pesky fat, loose skin, and allows for your natural muscles to shine through. But before you jump onto this exciting procedure, it would be best to know some information regarding what to expect.


Abdominoplasty, better known as the Tummy Tuck procedure, is performed by removing skin and fat from the abdomen area. This is how your stomach gets smoothed out. We also remove any separation in the abdominals to tighten the wall muscles. We administer liposuction while your tummy tuck procedure is happening. This allows for better improvement of your midsection. We also reshape your waist and back, as well as removing any love handles or unwanted weight.


The long-term benefits of Tummy Tucks are more than looks. Aside from a flatter and well-toned stomach, you will also have better posture and a loss of extra skin. Women who have given birth may experience Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), which creates uncontrollable leakage in the bladder. Although there is a separate procedure for treating SUI, it can be treated with a Tummy Tuck by creating a bladder obstruction in the Pelvic area that blocks the leakage.


There are a few potential complications that can result from Tummy Tuck surgery. These can include: lasting discomfort, necrosis, blood clots, wound separation, seroma and hematoma, infection, under or over correction, and dissatisfactory results. However, these results are preventable based on the health of the patient, and with proper consultation with your surgeon, this can be easily avoided.


The best way to prepare for the Tummy Tuck is to make sure that you are both healthy for the procedure, and free for the recovery. Although the recovery process is only about four weeks long, it is still best to preplan your recovery weeks in advance. For the procedure itself, you will need to preserve your current weight, cease any smoking four weeks prior, consume less sodium, and take any other custom health requirements recommended by your surgeon.


It is important to acknowledge that you will experience some discomfort in the first few days of recovery. These symptoms will include bruising, swelling, numbness and possible mood swings. However, these side effects will subside in a few weeks. You will be able to take a shower, however you should avoid the incisions while scrubbing. Ask your surgeon before taking any pain relief medication post surgery. After about a month, most side effects will subside and you can enjoy your new form.

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