According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the tummy tuck was in the top five for cosmetic surgical procedures in 2016. There were approximately 181, 540 procedures for a tummy tuck in the United States. If you are wondering what a tummy tuck is, here are facts for you to look at:
What is a tummy tuck? It is not a fat loss surgery
The tummy tuck procedure is not a fat loss surgery people might expect from liposuction. The doctor may actually recommend doing liposuction in conjunction with the tummy tuck to contour the abdominals even better. The tummy tuick surgery is a skin tightening procedure to remove excess skin and fat that is hanging from the abdomen. In essence, the tummy tuck is a post-fat loss surgery for patients who have lost an immense amount of weight and due to the skin inelasticity.
Types of Tummy Tuck
The procedure can be broken into two types: full tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck. Loose skin that is prevalent above or below the belly button will require a full tummy tuck and more skin removal. The scar is long and most often stretches from hip to hip. The scar does fade over time but will still be noticeable.
A mini-tummy tuck removes the small pouch located on the lower part of the belly. This requires smaller incisions and smaller scars. The tightening is generally only limited to above the pubic mound.
The procedure does have its risk
After all, the tummy tuck is a surgery and carries the same amount of risk as most invasive surgeries such as possibilities of infection, excessive bleeding, and scars.
Inform your surgeon about any medical conditions (including family history), allergies and drugs you have been taking within the past year. You will be advised regarding your diet and what medications to avoid prior to surgery. Following the surgery, follow the physician’s instructions to limit the risks and complication. Do not rush into activities and be careful with your diet and health.