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How A Tummy Tuck Procedure Works
You might also have to stop taking some prescription drugs and supplements which would otherwise interfere with the success of the operation. For instance, some drugs inhibit the blood's ability to clot properly, which could complicate the procedure. Total disclosure is therefore very important.
Set up the most comfortable environment for healing before undergoing the surgery. This means that you should have some loose clothing to wear at home, a hand held shower head, bathroom chair and a phone that is conveniently placed within reach at all times. Ask your doctor about any additional precautions that may be unique to your condition.
How is a tummy tuck done?
The tummy tuck procedure involves getting a surgical incision around your tummy to get rid of unwanted fat. There are three types of abdominoplasty procedures, depending on the severity of your condition as well as your desired results. Note that the length of time spent in the theatre (as well as in recovery) depends on the type of tummy tuck that will be performed.
1. Total abdominoplasty
The process involves getting a low incision on the abdominal area and is done on those who have a lot of excessive fat they would like to be rid of. The cut is usually long, extending from one hip to the other just above the pubic area. The surgeon then works on contouring the muscles as required. An incision around the belly button is mostly inevitable since there is need to manipulate the surrounding skin and tissues without interfering with the placement of this body part. According to the severity of your condition, the surgeon may insert some drainage pipes that will be removed at the time they deem proper. The procedure used to leave a large scar, but thankfully, with improved technology we are learning to make improvements.
2. Mini abdominoplasty (Partial tummy tuck)
This is a simpler procedure and usually takes a shorter period of up to two hours to complete. It is done with the help of a camera at the end of a tube (an endoscope). The mini tummy tuck is done on patients whose fat deposits are located right below the navel and usually requires a less invasive procedure. The incisions are not as long as having total abdominoplasty, plus the recovery time is generally shorter. There is no need to insert tubes but again, depending on the severity of your condition the surgeon may recommend this step.
3. Circumferential abdominoplasty
This is a more invasive type of tummy tuck that involves getting rid of fat from the back as well. This gives you your desired body shape three dimensionally as the surgeon manipulates the skin and gets drains the fat from the tummy, hips and back region.
It is very important that you follow your surgeon's advice on how to care for yourself after an abdominoplasty procedure. Whether it is partial or complete, you will be stitched up and bandaged, which requires you to be careful on how you care for the wound. Every patient recovers differently but you will need to keep off invigorating activities for a period of time to ensure proper healing.
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Managing pain after a tummy tuck
Your doctor will advice you on how to best position yourself when sitting or sleeping to avoid straining the bandaged wound. You will also get some prescription medicine, but should you feel that something is amiss, bring it to your doctor's attention immediately. Although rare, some complications may arise and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Some of the medications that you can expect include antibiotics, muscle relaxants and stool softeners to help with constipation. Pain killers will also help with pain management.
The pain and feeling of tiredness should subside in a few days, but there are other complications that you need to be aware of. They include:
As mentioned earlier, always keep your doctor posted on your progress and go for regular check ups after the operation.
Returning to normal life
Give yourself time to heal, both physically and emotionally. It is a process that involves a lot of commitment and could understandably leave you drained. Most people love their reduced abdomen after the tuck, but do not forego proper nutrition and the right forms of exercise to maintain your new, improved look!
Where can I get a tummy tuck in Las Vegas?
Do you feel that you could be a candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure?
Contact us today. Simply call 702-710-1381 for a free initial consultation and a no-obligation quote.
Our team of surgeons will assess your situation and come up with the best course of action. For a successful tummy tuck procedure we always insist on choosing a surgeon that is well experienced and knowledgeable on the matter, so don't hesitate to ask questions until you are convinced that you are making an informed choice!