What is a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy Tuck which is formerly known as an Abdominoplasty surgery has gained popularity and interest ranking as one of the top five cosmetic procedures in America. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the rates performed from 2000 to 2013 has increased by an astonishing 79%. This cosmetic procedure is rapidly becoming more common as individuals clearly see the ability doctors have to shape the body and improve self-esteem.
The abdominoplasty procedure is designed to contour the body creating a flat firm abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin tightening abdominal muscle walls. When exercise and diet seem to fail and it feels impossible to diminish the extra belly fat, you may want to consider this procedure. This surgery is not an alternative to weightless, it should be a last resort for those individuals that have gone to extremes to eliminate the extra skin but just cannot seem to accomplish aesthetic goals. Most patients turn their minds to the idea of this procedure following single or multiple pregnancies, extreme weight loss or weakened abdominal muscles as a results of natural aging. Dolls Plastic Surgery’s team of board certified plastic surgeons have years of experience resulting in patient satisfaction. This procedure can enhance the shape and contours of your body along with an improved self-confidence and mindset that can take you much further in your successes.
How Can You Prepare for a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure but a plastic surgeon will complete a full evaluation and provide individuals with recommendations prior to the surgery. They usually want a certain amount of criteria to be met. For example, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons promotes certain criteria before the procedure. They recommend that a person be fairly healthy and have a stable weight. They also recommend that the individual have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure and be a non-smoker.
For individuals who do not meet these criteria, they may need to make some lifestyle changes prior to the procedure. For example, anyone who smokes should stop smoking as soon as possible. Surgeons have different criteria, but usually, cessation is recommended at least four weeks before a tummy tuck. Since smoking decreases blood flow, it will affect healing time and make it harder to recover.
Certain lifestyle factors and medications are also recommended. For example, people should avoid alcohol and anti-inflammatory medications prior to the procedure. They should also avoid any supplements which act as blood-thinners. Some examples of prohibited medications and supplements include Benadryl, aspirin, and Vitamin E. Without following these recommendations, the procedure is a higher risk.
Finally, individuals should plan ahead for their recovery time. It’s a good idea to follow a healthy diet in the weeks leading up to surgery with a higher protein intake than normal. After the procedure, the recovery time is about three to five weeks. During this time, individuals may need a little extra assistance at home. They should plan for this additional help from friends or family members.