Is Tummy Tuck Surgery For You? Get All The Facts Here
If you are considering having a tummy tuck procedure performed, then you probably are already familiar with the basics of how the surgery is done. But as with any kind of surgery, you need to be as informed as possible and determine which type of tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the best fit for you. Finding a qualified surgeon who can answer your questions and help you decide which tummy tuck would work best for you is vital as well. So before you speak with a doctor, it's a good idea to educate yourself so you'll know what to expect and which questions to ask.
Ideal Candidates For A Tummy Tuck
The goal of a tummy tuck is to create a flatter and tighter abdomen. This procedure is recommended for men or women who have a problem losing those final few pounds around their waist despite being on a diet and exercising. Often women who have a hard time regaining their figure after having a child opt to have this done. But tummy tucks are not intended for people who are greatly overweight or in poor health. It isn't really a weight loss technique but more of a body contouring procedure to fix a problem area and remove a relatively smaller amount of fat and excess skin.
Types Of Tummy Tucks
Mini Tummy Tuck
Because there are several different types of tummy tucks, you and your surgeon will have to determine which is best for you. For someone with just a slightly oversized waistline, a mini tummy tuck may be the solution. This procedure is great for people who have lost most of their problem weight around the abdomen and just have some extra skin that needs to be removed and just a small amount of fat to be removed as well, often by liposuction.
A mini tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty is also great because there is minimal scaring involved as the incisions are usually much smaller than a traditional tummy tuck. The patient normally will have only a local anesthetic and sedation. Also, the naval or belly button won't have to be reconstructed as in a traditional tummy tuck. You will generally be released from the hospital the same day or in a few hours and the recovery time is shorter than if you had a full tummy tuck.
Endoscopic Tummy Tuck
An endoscopic tummy tuck is another alternative to a traditional tummy tuck. This procedure is again for people who don't have a big problem with their waistline, and also don't have any loose skin to remove. The surgeon will make a few small incisions around your belly button or lower, just big enough to insert an endoscope to see how to tighten the abdominal muscles and suture them. Liposuction can also be done at this point, but because no skin is actually removed, the scars, swelling and bruising is much less than with other tummy tuck procedures.
Traditional Tummy Tuck
In traditional abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, you may or may not be put under anesthesia completely. The major incision will stretch from hip to hip, across your lower abdomen. Your belly button or naval will be cut loose and pulled back so that the abdominal muscle wall can be pulled up and tightened and any excess skin can be cut away. The naval will be repositioned and stitched back and in some cases a drainage tube will be required for a short time.
The entire surgery could last anywhere from three to five hours and a patient may be able to be released from the hospital the same day or may have spend a couple of days there, depending on how extensive the procedure was. The long incision will leave a scar, but because of the location a typical bathing suit will cover it up and it will become less noticeable as it fades over the following year.
With a little research you can find some highly competent surgeons to perform basically any type of tummy tuck. Tummy tucks are one of the most commonly performed types of cosmetic surgery, so sometimes a personal recommendation from a satisfied patient is the best way to find a surgeon. And because this type of procedure is most often elective, not medically necessary, its also important to remember that it mostly likely wonít be covered by your health insurance. So take the time to be informed and find the best procedure and surgeon for your tummy tuck.