Age, weight loss, pregnancy, and genetics all play a role in how we store fat and how our bodies look. Sagging skin in the stomach area is something that can occur as a result of skin being stretched out or as a result of loss of skin elasticity associated with aging. Regardless of the cause of this cosmetic issue, there is a solution: tummy tuck surgery. This article will provide an overview of the tummy tuck procedure and explore some facts that all prospective tummy tuck candidates should know.
What is a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to target excess skin and flab near the abdomen. The surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon who makes a horizontal incision along the abdomen, just above the pubic area. Excess skin is trimmed away and remaining skin is lifted and reattached. If necessary, liposuction is used to remove excess fat in this area.
What are the different types of tummy tuck surgery available?
There are three basic types of tummy tuck surgery. First, the traditional tummy tuck, which involves an incision along the abdomen from hip to hip. Mini tummy tuck surgery is performed in a similar manner but the surgeon creates only a small incision along the abdomen. The third type of tummy tuck, which is an endoscopic tummy tuck, involves several very small incisions.
Is tummy tuck surgery painful?
Expect to feel pain and discomfort in the first few days of your recovery. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with pain medication to help you through this period. The bruising, swelling, and pain will start to diminish significantly on the third day of recovery. Make sure to follow your plastic surgeonâ€™s post-op instructions to ensure that your recovery proceeds on course.