Abdominoplasty, also known as the ‘Tummy Tuck’, is a major surgery that has become routine today. It can be a great way to get back that youthful abdominal section. Both men and women are having this type of surgery today. Women have tummy tuck procedures after bearing children. Men typically undergo this type of surgery because they have lost a lot of weight. Nevertheless, other options should be considered first. After all, this procedure is in fact a major one that carries an element of risk. In addition, many insurance companies do not cover tummy tuck procedures.
The procedure begins with a long incision running across the abdomen from one hip to the other. The shape resembles a smile. The lowest part of the smile is just above the pubic area. Next, a second decision is made to free the belly button from the abdomen. The skin is then pulled up to the ribs exposing all of the abdominal muscles. These muscles have been stretched out of shape due to pregnancy or too much weight. The muscles are repositioned and tightened. Once that is done the skin is lower back into place and the excess trimmed with scissors. The belly button is repositioned and everything is sutured into place. This is the most simple of the tummy tuck procedures. Some of them can be quite a bit more involved.
The tummy tuck recovery is the most difficult. It will require at least one to three weeks before returning to a normal routine. Some patients may even require a bit of time in hospital while others may be able to go home that day. The abdomen will be quite swollen for the first few days. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication, which will probably be quite strong. Therefore, it is a good idea to have all of the necessary preparations’ done before the surgery. This would include plenty of clean sheets and towels as well as stocking up on food and first-aid supplies. The doctor will have a specific list of things to do before the surgery.