Tummy Tuck: The Beauty of Receiving The Surgical Procedure

image_3A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is used to make the patient’s midriff slim, fit and firm. Most patients who approach their surgeon on the possibility of undergoing the procedure are recently pregnant mothers and individuals who have gained a lot of weight.

Tummy tucks are carried out by qualified specialists and can be categorized differently as regards the complexity of the operation, from simple or mini tummy tucks to complex or complete tummy tucks.

Both are the same in terms of procedure, the only difference is the scale at which they are undertaken. The mini tummy tuck does not require a lot of major incisions and little to no fat is removed whereas the complete tummy tucks involve liposuction on a major scale in addition to extreme tightening of the abdominal muscles and fascia.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

The tummy tuck is scientifically referred to in the medical world as an abdominoplasty. It is usually carried out for cosmetic purposes but may be necessary in cases of extremely overweight individuals who cannot lose weight through physical activity or dieting. In such cases, you may need a helping hand to start their journey towards a healthy and fit body.

According to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) estimates, an abdominoplasty costs around 8,500 dollars depending on the extent of the procedure. In Australia, an abdominoplasty is covered by Medicare once they evaluate all the extenuating circumstances and whether or not it is necessary.

The Benefits of Abdominoplastyimage_4

The Code of Conduct of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons seeks to enforce a certain minimum standard amongst all practitioners in Australia and New Zealand for your benefit.

Some of the benefits include the following:

a)      A Fit New You

By its very essence, an abdominoplasty aims to reduce body fat and restore musculature to a healthy and functioning state. The reduced abdominal fat greatly bolsters self-esteem and confidence in patients. The importance of abdominoplasty is that it restores abdominal muscle and fascia strength which greatly helps with posture.

The risk of having weak abdominal muscles is a condition that is common in the modern world as a result of the sedentary lifestyle most lead; it is known as sway back or lordosis. This improved posture after surgery has a knock on effect on the spine by easing back pain.

b)     Elimination of Stress Urinary Continence (SUC)

This urinary complication is common among women who give birth via vaginal delivery and perhaps in the aged. Stress Urinary Continence is a condition that renders the individual unable to fully control their bladders leading to small yet uncomfortable and perhaps slightly embarrassing leakages during laughter, coughing, sneezing and some physical activities.

It is usually a mild condition that resolves itself without the need for medical attention or something as drastic as abdominoplasty. However, if the aforementioned is not the case, abdominoplasty has been found to restore your bladder control. The surgeon achieves this by creating a small and completely healthy obstruction on your bladder which helps you to have better control.

c)      The Tummy Tuck is a Cancer Patient’s Best Friend

Many cancer patients and survivors will relate to you how much chemotherapy results in unwanted weight gain possible loose and flabby skin. Lucky for them, an abdominoplasty gets rid of all the unnecessary skin and fat while tightening the fascia.

Tummy Tuck – Regain Your Firm Stomach

tummy-tuck-2Having a flat tummy is the desire for many people. However, it can sometimes seem impossible especially if you have put a lot of effort into exercising and proper diet without positive results. The good news is that a tummy tuck can be a great solution to give you the flat and firm stomach you have been longing for.

The Surgery

A tummy tuck, which is also known as abdominoplasty, is a technique used to get rid of excess fat and skin around the abdomen. It can also be used to strengthen abdominal muscles that are weak or separated. You can get a bulging stomach when you lose a large amount of weight, pregnancy, aging or even due to previous surgery. You do not even need to be overweight to have a bulging stomach, since the condition can be hereditary.

Types Of Procedures

Kourosh Tavakoli is a specialist cosmetic surgeon with many years’ experience in tummy tuck procedures. There are several types of procedures that he uses to give you the results you need. In a standard abdominoplasty, a cut is made from one hipbone to the other, and the skin, muscles and tissues are then shaped as required. The belly button is also moved to a new position during the procedure.

A mini abdominoplasty is usually appropriate when the fat deposits on your abdomen are below your belly button. The procedure is also done when your stomach requires repairing of the muscles more than removal of skin. The belly button is usually not removed during this procedure and the technique is preferred by many because it leaves a smaller scar.

An extended abdominoplasty is typically used to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area, the sides and the back. The surgeon will need to make a longer cut to carry out the procedure, and this cut is normally 180 degrees. The skin on the upper part of the abdomen is pulled down and the muscles are tucked tightly together. An opening is made for the belly button and drains are then placed under the skin to get rid of excess fluid.

A body lift is a very extensive surgery in which the surgeon has to make a 360 degree cut. In this procedure, the excess skin and fat is removed not only from the abdominal area but also from the hips, back, buttocks and upper part of the thighs. This procedure is usually conducted on people that have lost a large amount of weight.
tummy-tuck-1Making A Recovery

After the procedure, the surgeon will dress the cuts and an elastic bandage may be placed around your abdomen to support the stomach during the recovery period and also to minimize swelling. You may experience pain after the surgery and the surgeon may decide to use a pain pump to manage it. You will probably remain in hospital between three and four days to ensure that excess blood and fluid is completely drained from your body.

You will be placed in a bent position at the hips to remove the pressure off the newly tightened abdomen. You may be able to walk slowly by the second day, and after two weeks, you should be able to resume light duties.