One of the major post-pregnancy blues of many women is the sagging abdomen, which turns out to be a nagging problem. Abdominoplasty is a surgical remedy for those people with sagging abdomen, that helps them to tighten the skin and muscles of the middle and lower abdomen. This type of cosmetic surgery is much popular nowadays as many and many people resort to weight loss regimen and end up with a sagging belly after weight reduction.
The extent of abdominoplasty done varies from one person to another depending on the fat accumulation in the abdominal areas. A full-fledged abdominoplasty may take 1-5 hours to complete where as a partial abdominoplasty may conclude in 1-2 hours of time.
The patients are asked to be on rest for three to four weeks following the surgery. Post-operation period will be slightly painful because of the bruises and associated discomfort. They are advised not to carry or hold heavy weights. An abdominal binder is also provided as a supportive material to the repaired muscle tissues.
The surgical procedure generally takes from 2 to 4 hours to complete. The surgery is done as an outpatient procedure and will leave a permanent scar from hip to hip along the bikini line. Tummy Tuck surgery is performed under a general anesthetic, and the patient will need a driver for transportation following the surgery.
As with any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty does have some risks, which are: bleeding, infection, swelling, blood clots and keloid scarring. Complications from your surgery can decrease if you use a board certified surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and plastic surgery and has been granted privileges at surgery centers and hospitals to perform this procedure.
The scar from a abdominoplasty is a permanent one and cannot be wiped off. After the surgery it will take some 8-9 months for the scar to flatten and wane into dullness. However the surgeons make the incision below the swim suit line and hence the scar will be skillfully camouflaged by clothes. Anyhow, the type of scar is again dependent on the amount of fat removed, the portion of skin tightened and of course the skill of the surgeon. An expert surgeon can accomplish the task with minimum incision.
Expect 3 to 5 days of moderate to severe pain. You will have a post surgical garment which you must wear until your physician specifies otherwise. Limited exercise is encouraged to help reduce swelling, and fluid collection. No hot tubs, bathing or extended showers will be allowed until released by the surgeon.