Alternatives to tummy tuck

Tummy tuck procedure is performed when the unnecessary skin is left in abdomen area after the loosing weight. Patients who have unnecessary skin and fat on the abdomen are best treated with a tummy tuck. Still some people don’t want to undergo tummy tuck and prefer to choose the alternative of it.

The potential alternative would be liposuction . People who have problems with excess skin on the abdomen also can be candidates for liposuction. But doctors say that it is not the best solution. They say that liposuction is performed to remove the fat, not the skin! Removing the excess skin from the abdomen with liposuction help when the skin and muscle is tightening results can be dramatic. In short liposuction is not recommended, because the results are unpredictable. Another alternative would be a mini tummy tuck. This procedure improves the appearance of the abdomen only. During a mini tummy tuck, a short horizontal incision is made to separate the skin between the incision line and the navel. There is one more procedure – endoscopic tummy tuck. Good candidates are those who have looseness of the abdominal wall but not loose skin or stretch marks.

If you have not decided which procedure to choose, but remember your health is the most important thing, be careful and think twice which procedure would be better. It is always good to know what the final results will be.

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Reverse abdominoplasty

Excess skin above the belly button troubles many women. And this is no surprise. In many of such cases the main thing to blame is pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss. As big or flabby abdomen can make women feel unhappy the big part of them are sweating in the gym and trying various programs of body shaping which is sometimes not enough. There is always another option and in it can be an abdominoplasty . This time there will be an introduction to one of the specific type of it – the reverse abdominoplasty.

Reverse abdominoplasty

Reverse abdominoplasty is a very uncommon plastic procedure and is not offered by all surgeons. It might be used together with the breast reduction or breast lift (mastopexy). Or for those individuals whose skin above the navel is very lax. Still the main purpose stays the same – improve an abdominal contour and in this case especially in the upper part of the abdomen. And it appears that for some people the results can be achieved mush better by pulling the excessive skin upward rather than to the bikini zone. Of course the liposuction can not be avoided.

During the consultation the doctor will evaluate your health condition and determine the level of fat in the abdominal area. All your habits such as smoking, drugs, medications and so on will be examined. You will discuss the procedure it self and the results. Photos can serve as very good examples to create an impression how the look changes after the procedure. If you are a smoker you will have to stop it some time before the plastic surgery . Also if you take oral contraceptives you will be asked to cut down on them in order to reduce the risk of clotting after the surgery. To let you know that if your health is poor or you have the extensive abdominal scars you may not be a candidate for such surgery

Reverse tummy tuck surgery

How is it performed? The incision is made below the breasts in the lower portion of the rib cage in a shape of inverted V. The upper incision is made first. As the flap is pulled over the lower abdomen the lower incision is made. Not working under the large skin flap it is easier for a surgeon. Also an advantage of this procedure is that a patient can not be kept exposed for a long time due to the possible fluid loss. This procedure allows remove the excess skin and tighten the waist. The disadvantage goes for the vertical part of incision. Well the scar may be hidden by the breasts in some level.

The reverse abdominoplasty is usually performed on the outpatient basis. After the procedure you might still feel pain for a while. You will not be allowed to lift heavy things or reach them in a high level for more than a month. However you will be able to get back to work with these precautions in a week. This is not a scar free surgery and some minimal scars will be visible. And the complete results you will feel in about three months.

Speaking about the possible complications some patients gain fluid collection, begin to bleed, catch an infection, decreased sensation or wound separation.

Pregnancy after tummy tuck

Tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty in professional medical language, is a plastic surgery procedure during which excess fatty tissue and skin are removed from the abdomen and the abdominal muscles are tightened, if needed. This procedure is usually needed for women, whose skin and muscles have stretched after pregnancy. But even though this procedure is performed after pregnancies, some women may want to have a baby afterwards, and then they start to worry if they can.

Women, who think they will want children in the future should wait for tummy tuck and have it after all pregnancies. But this is only in the ideal world. Often women change their mind, and decide to plan another pregnancy. Pregnancy after abdominoplasty is of course possible, and many women become pregnant after this procedure, but patients should bare in mind that flattening work and work on the muscle might be undone.

During pregnancy the skin and muscles of the abdominal area stretches out. Fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise build up on the abdomen and abdominal skin becomes loose. These all outcomes of pregnancy can be eliminated by adbominoplasty.

However, when a woman becomes pregnant after tummy tuck, the abdominal area treated by this procedure becomes affected and stretches out again in order to fit for the growing fetus. Abdominal wall muscles that had been restored by abdominoplasty can separate again. Re-stretched and loose skin can not look normal again.

Although, former abdominoplasty is not a risk for an unborn fetus, but it can change a women’s appearance. If the skin becomes loose again and muscles stretch out during pregnancy after tummy tuck, additional abdominoplasty procedure can be performed in order to improve the appearance of the abdomen.

Tummy tuck surgery

Since the very first abdominoplasty, had been performed the method was improved and modified. There are many variations of the type and design of incisions and the surgery technique itself.

Tummy tuck surgery

Be aware that there are two modifications of abdominoplasty – partial and complete abdominoplasty. If an individual has fat deposits only in the area below the navel, he or she will be recommended to have a partial abdominoplasty, known as a mini-tummy tuck, which is a less complicated surgery. And if an individual needs the whole belly to be reshaped, he or she will need to undergo a complete abdominoplasty. One may also need to have a liposuction at the same time in order to achieve better results.

You may now start thinking of what the basic differences are between the mini-tummy tuck and a complete tummy tuck and how they both are performed. The basic difference is that a mini-tummy tuck involves only the lower abdomen, below the navel, whereas during a complete abdominoplasty both the middle and lower abdomen is reshaped. Being a less complex procedure, a mini-tummy tuck may in some cases be performed in an out-patient department and takes between one and two hours.

 

A complete tummy tuck requires more work and hence takes longer, from two to five hours, depending on how much work needs to be done. During a complete tummy tuck a surgeon makes a large incision from hip to hip just above the pubic area. Another incision is made around the belly button in order to free it from the surrounding skin. This cut is made in order to leave the belly button in a normal place. Then the doctor detaches a large skin flap from the abdominal wall. It reveals the belly muscles, which are then tightened. The abdominal wall becomes firmer and the waistline narrower as a result of this step. Now the surgeon needs to stretch a free skin flap down to the pubic area and cut an excess of skin. The surgeon then cuts a new place for a navel and stitches it in place. Finally, the incision is sewn back together and the surgery is complete. In a mini-tummy tuck a surgeon makes a shorter cut and he may not need to move the navel. The muscles under the skin are tightened. Then a surgeon stretches the skin between the belly button and the incision and removes the excess of fat and skin.

 

After the procedure, the belly button may gain a slightly different shape due to the stretching and removal of skin. General anesthesia is applied during the surgery, so that a patient is asleep and does not feel anything. In some cases, when a tummy tuck is performed in an outpatient department, a local anesthesia may be chosen. This does not cause any discomfort to a patient, since he or she still does not feel anything.

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Tummy tuck results

If you tried all the possible diets and exercise but were not able to achieve good results in losing your big belly, you might be interested in tummy tuck. Because results achieved by this procedure are something you would never accomplish by an ordinary diet or hard exercise. You might lose weight and strengthen your body muscles but you will always have trouble with tightening your loose skin, unless you choose tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck results

Tummy tuck eliminates excess of fat deposits and loose skin in the lower and middle abdomen. It tightens the abdominal muscles, which results in a flatter, smoother belly and a narrower waist. It may also lower your body weight. Another result of the surgery is removing stretch marks that usually occur after multiple pregnancies or a fast loss of weight. In tummy tuck loose skin is removed from the lower abdomen and the skin is tightened in the middle abdomen. All the fat deposits can be removed during abdominoplasty.

Unfortunately, as a result of this type of tummy tuck surgery there will be a large scar left in the incisions area. After complete tummy tuck the scar will extend from hip to hip whereas after mini tummy tuck the scar will be smaller and less visible. There will be another scar in the belly button area. There is no reason to worry since most of the clothes and even bathing-suits cover the scars leaving them invisible to other people. The scars should also heal in a few weeks and will be barely visible. However, in some cases scars remain rather visible even with time. The shape of the belly button might be changed but this is usually invisible. It is very common for the abdomen to stay swollen for a few weeks or even months after surgery.

It is then very hard to see the positive effects of tummy tuck. For some patients the abdomen remains swollen even for three to six months and this is considered a normal healing process. The healing period depends on individual factors, the type of the surgery, and amount of fat deposits and tone of the skin. Results become more visible after the swelling disappears. With patience during the healing period, abdominoplasty enhances the body contour making the abdomen firmer and flatter.

One of the most important results of tummy tuck is that the procedure affects your self-confidence. With better looks everybody feels more comfortable about their bodies and in the clothing and hence more self confident. However, you should keep in mind that tummy tuck would not make other people treat you differently. Therefore it is important to have realistic expectations about this type of surgery.

Tummy tuck, either complete or partial, offer long-term results. Unless, of course, one gains a huge amount of weight or gets pregnant. Then it is illogical to hope for the results to stay for years. It is important to understand that only following a balanced diet and exercising regularly will help you maintain long-term results.

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Tummy tuck complications

Even though tummy tuck, when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon, offers very good results, there are certain risks and complications that the procedure can possibly bring. It is important for you to know that there is no such surgical intervention that would be totally safe and without any risk or possible complications. Although complications associated with abdominoplasty are relatively rare but possible, and patients should be aware of them prior planning to have tummy tuck done.

Tummy tuck risks and comlications

Statistical medical data shows that less than five percent of patients experience complications after abdominoplasty.

Some risks and complications are said to be associated with the surgical procedure itself, whereas others are associated with the recovery period and healing process. Some risks and complications of tummy tuck depend upon individual characteristics of a patient. Patients who are fit and healthy before surgery recover quicker and have fewer complications. Those who have diabetes or high blood pressure are expected to have higher risk for complication after surgery. Therefore such patients should consider all the pros and cons of this cosmetic procedure prior tummy tuck. They should also discuss carefully with their surgeon all the medical history and medications that they take in order to reduce the possibility of complications.

Some risks and complications can be reduced by certain actions that can be taken by a patient himself. For example, smokers are known to have higher risks for complications than non-smokers. Hence, if you smoke you should quit doing it at least four weeks before surgery and not resume smoking at least three weeks after tummy tuck. You are also recommended to avoid sun overexposure, especially in the belly area, and extreme loss of weight prior to the surgery, as these factors influence the healing process. You must bear in mind that risks of tummy tuck are low and complications are very rare, however, as with all surgical procedures they still occur. Certain complications related to surgery include bad reaction to anesthesia, since most tummy tuck procedures are performed under general anesthesia. The risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs is also possible; therefore it is important for you to start moving around as soon as possible after surgery. More serious complications, such as respiratory or heart disorders and even death, are almost exceptional but still possible.

 

As mentioned above, some complications are related to the poor healing process. Unfortunately, these complications are more frequent. Most patients experience pain, swelling, soreness and overall tiredness for about six weeks after surgery and this is considered a normal recovery process. However, in some cases these symptoms may last longer and cause a serious discomfort to the patient. Most of these signs can be managed with certain medications. More serious complications during the healing period include infection, which usually is successfully treated but may cause the recovery period to be longer. Excessive bleeding is also one of the most common complications. While others, such as thick scar formation and skin loss, are rarer but can result in the need for the second surgery. Often fluid collects under the skin after the drains have been removed and the surgeon may need to aspirate the fluid with a needle.

The most important thing for you to learn is that risk for complications can be reduced with your help. You must try to follow all your doctor’s instructions given for the healing process. Be eager to cooperate with your surgeon and do not hesitate to consult your doctor in case any problems occur during the post-operative period. Since in some cases the risk of complications is due to expectations that a patient has about the results of tummy tuck, it is essential to have realistic expectations and discuss them thoroughly with your doctor prior surgery. Complications, associated with tummy tuck, are rare and uncommon. They are very seldom when tummy tuck is performed by a skillful and experienced doctor. Still, even a high-skilled doctor cannot change certain aspects that depend upon the patient self. Therefore a good and close cooperation between a surgeon and a patient is vital in order to lower the risk for complications related to abdominoplasty.

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Tummy tuck cost

Tummy tuck as all cosmetic surgery includes some costs. You should be aware that beauty costs – both financially and physically. It includes some efforts and patience as well as some additional finances.

What has an influence on tummy tuck price?

Unfortunately, most insurance company policies do not cover the cost of cosmetic surgery, except for some rare cases when cosmetic surgery is needed to reconstruct vital functions of the body. Such exceptional cases in tummy tuck is the repair of a hernia covered by insurance. However, it still does not cover a full cost of abdominoplasty and you will have to pay an additional payment yourself. So, discuss the insurance issues with your doctor and write to your insurance company early before surgery. Your surgeon may also inform your insurance company about the necessity to perform a cosmetic procedure, if it is possible in your individual case. Even if so, the insurance company will not cover the whole cost of tummy tuck. In addition, bear in mind that in future this may affect your insurance coverage and your premiums may rise.

Be aware that tummy tuck costs depend on a number of different factors. The cost involves the facility fee, cost of surgical instruments and other surgical material. It also includes the cost of anesthetics, so a surgery performed under local anesthesia usually costs less than a surgery done under general anesthesia. The extent and complexity of a cosmetic surgery also adds to the price of tummy tuck. Therefore, you should know that partial abdominoplasty has a higher price than full abdominoplasty in general. The price may vary if a tummy tuck surgery is performed in combination with liposuction. Another factor that influences the price of abdominoplasty is a surgeon’s factor. The tummy tuck cost includes a surgeon’s fee. The more experienced the doctor the higher his or her fee. This fee also depends upon the reputation of a surgeon. It also includes pre- and post-operative consultations and some additional procedures needed.

Do not be tempted by exceptionally low prices, since the reason may be that not all these factors are included into the total price. Then the total price might be much higher than the one advertised. Be sure to ask your doctor for the total cost of tummy tuck before the surgical procedure so that you are not shocked to find out the price after surgery. The prices may differ significantly depending on the state or region. Usually, cosmetic surgery is more expensive in the western states of the United States compared to the rest of a country. Additionally, tummy tuck, as all cosmetic surgery, is less expensive in other certain parts of the world, such as some European countries or Thailand. Therefore, some people travel there in order to have tummy tuck or other plastic surgery performed, since they can get the same qualified management for a lower price.

Tummy tuck cost

Total price of tummy tuck varies from $6,500 to $8,500 depending upon the extent of surgery and certain practice. It may be lower in some states or regions.

Mini-tummy tuck , being a less complicated surgery, costs less than full tummy tuck. The price range varies from $5,500 to $6,500 also depending on the above mentioned factors.

Additional liposuction may cost from $2,600 to $6,500.

A wide range of the price shows that the procedure depends very much on the part of the stomach and the excess of fat deposits being removed. In total you may have to pay from $5,500 to $ 12,500 depending on the type of the surgery you need.

Since there are quite a few factors that affect the price of tummy tuck it is useful for you to check as many practices as possible in order to choose the best value. Do not forget that big advertisements do not necessarily guarantee a good quality and you would probably have to pay more so that you cover the price of an advertisement. A high price also does not necessarily indicate a qualified surgeon, so be careful judging a doctor only by a price of surgery. And finally, do not assume that you can expect better tummy tuck results if you pay more for tummy tuck. As with all cosmetic surgery, the most important is to have realistic expectations.

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Is tummy tuck painful?

Pain is something that people are afraid of. They do not wish to suffer any pain or discomfort associated with the treatment. “Is tummy tuck painful?” is probably the most frequently given question of all.

To answer the question is important to understand how tummy tuck is performed and what the factors are those that influence the pain level of abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure most often performed under general anesthesia. Only partial abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck) can be performed under local anesthesia and a sedative. Since patients are asleep during the whole procedure they do not experience any pain during surgery. However, some patient states that injections of medications are rather painful but this varies from person to person since the pain level is a very individual thing.

It is noted that people who have been afraid of tummy tuck surgery or had bad thoughts before surgery experience more pain in a pre-operative and post-operative periods. Also, patients who are more sensitive are said to have lower pain level and therefore can feel some pain, which is more a psychological factor rather than physical. Post-operatively you will have to undergo a rather long period of recovery during which some pain, swelling and discomfort are considered to be normal consequences of a healing process. Do not be concerned about that since pain is successfully managed with certain medications. Although in some cultures it is popular to say that beauty requires some suffering, nowadays, most cosmetic surgery do not involve any pain at all. This is due to a qualified help of a high-skilled doctor and the newest medications. So, pain should not be something for you worry about while planning tummy tuck.

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After tummy tuck

Tummy tuck guarantees excellent results and improved appearance but if you hope to look perfect straight after surgery, you will be disappointed. It takes time for the wounds to heal and for your body to recover completely. Therefore you should be aware to be patient after your surgery, since it will take time to recover and enjoy the results.

After tummy tuck

It is absolutely normal that your abdomen will be swollen and you might feel pain and discomfort for a few days or weeks after surgery. Pain may be regulated with medicines. If your surgery is done under out-patient basis, you will be released in a few hours. You might have to stay in the hospital for about three days after surgery depending on the extent and type of surgery.

It is very important to start walking as soon as possible. In case it is hard and painful at first, you should be moving your legs and feet lying in bed. Ask your doctor when you will be allowed to take showers and how often you should change the dressings. You will need to have your surface stitches removed in about a week. And deeper sutures will get out in less than a month.

It will take some time to return to your normal life. It is very individual and varies from patient to patient. The period depends upon how complicated the surgery was and what the physical state of the patient before the surgery was. You are likely to return back to normal quicker if you were in a very healthy state before surgery. Most people return to work between two and four weeks after surgery, however, to some it might take longer than that.

If your abdominal muscles were strong and if you had a tighter abdominal wall, it is most likely that your recovery period will last shorter. You may start easy action after three days after surgery. Light exercise is recommended to all the patients, even those who have never done exercise before surgery. This prevents from formation of blood clots, decreases swelling and improves the healing process. You should however avoid hard exercise and lifting until you are allowed by your surgeon. It usually takes four to six weeks until strenuous exercise can be attempted.

Your scars may look worse for the first few months but you should not worry as they will start disappearing after about five to six months after surgery. Your surgeon may recommend you to apply a special topical cream at the sight of the scar area in order for the scars to heal quicker and become invisible. You might feel quite depressed after surgery since the results do not become visible very soon. This is considered to be normal as many patients feel down and unhappy until they see the actual results. You should just remember why you chose to have the surgery in the first place and concentrate on your goals.

If you have any complaints about your health, surgery results or pain after surgery, do not hesitate to consult your doctor. You are highly recommended to come for a check up in a month after your surgery.

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Tummy tuck – what is it?

What do you think when you hear the term tummy tuck or abdominoplasty? Do you start wondering what it might mean or just forget about the term? Or have you perhaps considered having it? This may help you understand what tummy tuck exactly is and answer some of your questions.

Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty in a professional medical language, is a cosmetic procedure performed in order to fix the appearance of an abdomen. Excess fat and skin is removed from the lower and middle abdomen and muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened during the surgery. As a result of the surgical procedure, the belly is reshaped and the abdominal wall appears to be firm. Both men and women who have problems in losing fat deposits by improved diet and regular exercise usually seek for this type of cosmetic surgery.

Women, who have an excess skin, fat deposits in a belly area and a loose abdominal wall muscles as a result of many pregnancies, gain a lot of advantages of the tummy tuck. Be aware that there are two modifications of abdominoplasty – partial and complete abdominoplasty. If an individual has fat deposits only in the area below the navel, he or she will be recommended to have a partial abdominoplasty, known as a mini-tummy tuck, which is a less complicated surgery. And if an individual needs the whole belly to be reshaped, he or she will need to undergo a complete abdominoplasty. One may also need to have a liposuction at the same time in order to achieve better results.

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