Women often wish for the perfect figure. For centuries, women have wanted to look petite and well defined. Tight body-hugging dresses can help to create the illusion of an ideal figure, but a bulging tummy can cause numerous issues with this. Many of us are disappointed with the sagging loose folds of skin and love handles that prominently appear on our stomach. Every new year, we make resolutions to start eating healthy and incorporating a fitness routine into our daily schedules. We are determined to get that flat tummy. Unfortunately, our busy schedules take over and get the best of us, and the resolution goes down the drain.
A loose stomach can affect a person’s confidence, making them feel insecure in a world where a number of people already face so many body-image issues. It’s no wonder that more and more people are opting for effective cosmetic procedures such as the tummy tuck.
The Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the tummy to give it a flatter appearance, all while tightening the muscles and removing stretch marks. The tummy tuck is the best cosmetic surgery for a person who wants to achieve a fitter-looking abdomen.
Preparing for Abdominoplasty Surgery
Your plastic surgeon will need your complete and detailed medical history during your abdominoplasty consultation; this will aid in avoiding any sort of surgical or post-surgical complications. He will discuss your options with you and will go into detail regarding the techniques to be used, which will depend on your aesthetic goals. You will be advised to refrain from taking medications such as aspirin before your procedure, as these are blood thinners and may cause complications during the surgery.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
At the start of your tummy tuck procedure, you will be given general or local anesthesia depending upon your health and preference. Anesthesia will help you to feel completely comfortable during the procedure and will help to avoid any pain. The surgeon will then create strategic incisions in the skin of the abdomen. A curving horizontal incision will be created from hipbone to hipbone, and another incision will be made around the navel to allow for tissue removal in this region. Excess fat and loose skin are removed, making your tummy appear flatter and tighter. The drooping muscle tissue in the area will be rejoined and tightened with the help of internal sutures. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions will be carefully closed with sutures.
The results of the surgery are immediate and long-lasting. It is common to experience swelling and bruising around the area of the surgery, and it is advisable to use ice packs to soothe the tissues. A post-surgical care garment should be worn to control swelling and help the tissues conform to the abdomen’s new contours. Take proper care of the stitches to avoid contracting an infection. Refrain from activities that involve a lot of physical exertion such as lifting weights, since these can cause complications in healing. After healing, maintain a healthy diet and incorporate an exercise routine to make the benefits of the surgery last longer.
Set Up Your Consultation
Want a trim tummy? Set up a tummy tuck consultation with experienced double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Keegan to get started. Make an appointment by contacting us today.