Tummy Tuck

Our abdomen undergoes dramatic and intense changes due to a few extreme circumstances. Pregnancy being one of the most natural and extreme physical abdominal changes with all the stretching and looseness of the abdominal wall, it’s no wonder such a huge challenge to so many women to get their pre-baby body back. In addition, the drastic weight loss after a pregnancy, naturally or after bariatric surgery the skin becomes loose and not toneable. Another factor can be age. With age we tend to lose the elasticity in our skin which once was easy to tone and sculpt. Any, a few, or all of the reasons mentioned above can be a relatable factor which can have a great impact on our body image.
A tummy tuck surgery allows for excess fat and skin to be removed, the abdominal wall muscles to be tightened.
During the operation, it is possible to combine different procedures such as corrections from previous surgeries and even umbilical hernias can be treated if discovered during.

About the Procedure

The goal of a tummy tuck is to sharpen contours and create a result that diet and exercise fail to produce by sculpting the stomach to a completely natural appearance using the latest methods combined with my extensive experience.
After surgery, you can enjoy a firmer and younger figure, with emphasis on your waist and even going down a size in clothes.
The surgery is mainly performed on women who have gone through pregnancy and childbirth or have undergone bariatric surgery and lost extensive weight. Pregnancy causes the skin to stretch often leaving ‘stretch’ marks. The skin remains loose and the abdomen does not return to being as firm as it used to be.
During surgery, a horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen. The abdominal muscle envelope is tightened, which serves as an ‘inner corset’ that narrows the abdominal area and waistline. Excess skin tissue and stubborn fat is removed as necessary, the belly button is repositioned to a natural and optimal position.
Liposuction is an integral part of this surgery and is designed to sculpt, tighten and improve the appearance by narrowing and reshaping the waistline. Before the end of the surgery, Pain Buster is inserted to relieve any discomfort,promoting recovery. Drainage tubes are inserted to assist the healing process.

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A Personal Tip:

Whether you are pregnant, have given birth, or you have drastically lost weight, you are definitely a champion. Now it’s your turn to take care of yourself. A successful tummy tuck combined with proper nutrition and exercise will give optimal results for the look you desire.

Questions and Answers

Surgery is approximately two to three hours.

If you have undergone bariatric surgery, have lost an extensive amount of weight and suffer from stubborn excess fat and skin that bother you, if you have prominent stretch marks and you avoid wearing swimsuits, or feel uncomfortable during intimacy, this surgery is recommended.
If you have reached your desired weight, and your weight is stable and suffer from stubborn excess fat that creates a fold in your lower abdomen, you are also a suitable candidate.

It is recommended to stop smoking one month before and after surgery.

You may require an abdominal ultrasound.

Tummy tuck surgery requires full anesthesia performed by an anesthesiologist, and overnight hospitalization.

Approximately two weeks before surgery you should avoid taking Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs such as Nurofen, Vitamin E and Omega 3 (as these may affect blood clotting times).

It is recommended to undergo this surgery after your final pregnancy.

Patients who are overweight will be required to maintain a proper diet, under the supervision of a dietitianbefore surgery.

Those who have not reached their goal weight are advised to wait until they reach their target weight.

After bariatric surgery it is necessary to maintain a high protein diet.

The purpose of tummy tuck surgery is to define the contours and create a result that diet and exercise fail to produce.
This surgery is performed mainly on women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth, undergone bariatric surgery or who have lost extensive weight and are left with excess abdominal skin and fatty tissue.
During surgery, liposuction is also performed to narrow and reshape the waistline.
The amount of excess skin and subcutaneous fat may be relatively small and concentrated solely below the navel, in which case a mini tummy tuck can be sufficient to remove excess skin from the lower abdomen only, without changing the position of the navel.
Basically, a successful tummy tuck produces a new taut and beautiful tummy.

As with any surgery, there is always a risk factor.
The most common risks are failure of incisional healing, seroma (accumulation of fluid that collects under the skin), infection and prominent scars.
Rarely a hematoma may appear after surgery which requires drainage involving a surgical procedure.
Risks may include blood clots in leg veins and pulmonary embolism.
To avoid such complications, during surgery and immediately after, pneumatic boots are used to massage the calves. After recovery it is encouraged to get out of bed and walk.
Excessive exercise that involves abdominal muscles, carrying heavy loads and lying on your stomach should be avoided for approximately one month after surgery then gradually return to sports activities.
During the first six weeks after surgery, a supportive abdominal belt should be worn.
You should avoid sun exposure to the operated area for at least two months, after which a high protection sunscreen should be applied.
The results of this surgery can be maintained for many years by adhering to a proper diet and regular exercise, however, it must be considered that as a result of the aging process, excess skin may reappear. In this case, re-surgery can be performed.

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