Tummy Tuck by Boss MD Plastic Surgery.
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery option available to patients who would like to enhance the contour and appearance of their stomach area. A tummy tuck, also referred to as an abdominoplasty, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the midsection and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure is an excellent cosmetic surgery option for people who wish to enhance the contour of their midsection and reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
The Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidate
A good candidate for a tummy tuck is any man or woman in good physical and emotional health who is dissatisfied with stubborn pockets of excess fat and loose skin in their stomach. Women who plan to have children may wish to postpone this procedure until they are done having children in order to achieve the optimal effects. Patients who plan to lose a significant amount of weight greater than 40-50 pounds may also benefit most from postponing a tummy tuck until they have reached their goal weight. Prospective tummy tuck patients should discuss their full medical history with their plastic surgeon in order to ensure the procedure is right for them. It is important for tummy tuck patients to fully understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and have realistic expectations of the results.
Traditional and Mini Tummy Tuck
There are two tummy tuck procedures that are available to patients who wish to enhance the contour and appearance of their midsection. The first is the traditional full tummy tuck procedure which involves an incision stretching from hip to hip and one that circles the navel so that it can be repositioned during surgery. This procedure is good for patients who are within twenty percent of their ideal body weight and require more extensive tightening of the abdominal muscles.
A mini tummy tuck procedure may be best for patients that are within ten percent of their ideal body weight whose fat deposits and loose skin are restricted to the lower abdomen area. This procedure does not involve navel repositioning and leaves a smaller scar.
After a Tummy Tuck
After a tummy tuck procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to experience swelling, tenderness, bruising, and discomfort as the stomach area heals. As with all surgical procedures, the tummy tuck does carry some risk of complication. Some of the rare, but possible, complications that may arise from a tummy tuck include: hematoma, seroma, fat necrosis, infection, excess scarring, numbness, skin loss, and other more serious complications.