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Tummy tuck is a procedure performed to remove the excess skin and fat of the abdomen, restoring weakened and separated abdominal muscles, achieving a youthful and firmer appearance of the abdomen. It is a common procedure in women after pregnancy or patients after weight loss.
Scars are positioned in the lower abdominal area in a way that they are well hidden by underwear or bathing suits. Scar length depends always on the amount of excess skin to be removed.
Patients with history of chronic lower back pain can experience a great improvement or disappearance of the pain, because of a readjustment of the abdominal musculature and a correction of overall body position.
The procedure takes between 2 and 3 hours, it is done under regional anesthesia and recovery time is 7 to 10 days.
The good news is that today’s tummy tucks can be personalized based on your needs. If the problem is just loose skin, plastic surgeons can perform a “skin only” tummy tuck, which gets rid of excess skin, but leaves the muscles intact.
If you have a small roll of loose skin and some muscle bulge from having children, you can have a smaller incision along your bikini line, have the muscle tightened, let your belly button “float down” slightly, and remove the extra skin. This operation is known as a mini tummy tuck. If the problem is excess fat alone, doctors can use liposuction. If the problem is weak abdominal muscles without loose skin, an endoscopic tummy tuck may be right for you.
An endoscopic tummy tuck is performed using a small camera, called an endoscope, which is attached to small surgical instruments. It involves very small incisions that are easily concealed. The incisions are usually placed above the pubis or inside of the navel. The muscles are tightened and sutured through the incision. If you have loose ab muscles, loose skin, and excess fat, a complete tummy tuck will likely do the trick.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.
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