Whether it is due to excess sagging skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise or a weakened abdomen due to pregnancy and childbirth, a tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can give you back a flatter, firmer midsection and make you feel amazing and confident. If you are healthy with a positive outlook and have realistic expectations about what a tummy tuck is designed to do, you are a good candidate.
At your consultation with the surgeon, you will be evaluated as to whether abdominoplasty is suitable for you. There are several factors, such as your medical history and current health status, that are very important. While discussing your issues, you must have realistic expectations of what a breast reduction is and what it can do. If you are planning on breastfeeding, you should also discuss this with the surgeon, as this may be limited after the surgery. The consultation with the surgeon will enable you to come to an informed decision.
There are several benefits of having abdominoplasty most noticeably is the attainment of a flatter and tighter tummy. A tummy tuck can remove excess loose skin and fat tissue and tighten weakened abdominal muscles that may have separated as a result of pregnancy. The results are immediate and give you a sculpted midsection and slim silhouette.
Abdominoplasty is normally associated with scars on the lower tummy area that extend around the belly button and horizontally below the bikini line. How long the scar line extends depends on how big a tummy tuck you need and your consultation with the surgeon.
Because the incision is made in the lower abdomen, the scars are mostly concealed by your clothes. The scars gradually fade over time of about six months, although they may never become completed undetectable.
The scars from a tummy tuck procedure are concealed easily under the bikini line, which means that besides you, no one will know you had the procedure.
The results of abdominoplasty are immediate and long-lasting. Proper diet and exercise will ensure that you maintain a flat and firm midsection for a long time.
The goal of a full tummy tuck is to address the entire tummy area and involves a hip-to-hip incision with repositioning of the belly button and pulling downwards of the skin from the upper tummy area. Usually, the full tummy tuck involves lower tummy fat removal and tightening of the abdominal muscles but can also be combined with additional liposuction in the upper tummy and waist areas.
A mini tummy tuck is a smaller version of the same procedure, which involves more minor scars on lower tummy without repositioning of the naval.
At your consultation, the surgeon will be able to determine which type of abdominoplasty is best for you. Your medical history and current health status will also be taken into account. After the consultation, you will be able to make an informed decision.
Depending on the technique that is used, a tummy tuck surgery can take anywhere from 1-5 hours to complete. A mini tummy tuck is a shorter procedure, usually taking 1-2 hours.
An abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be sleeping during the entire time and not feel any pain. Immediately after the surgery, you may experience some discomfort as your body heals. You can expect to feel a bit sore, and there will be swelling and bruising for several days. This may cause some difficulty in standing up straight. You will be given pain killers to help manage your recovery.
Discharge from the hospital can be either 1 or 2 days post-op depending on the surgeon and the extent of your procedure. You may have drains placed for a few days to ensure fluid movement out of the operated area. Once you are returned to your hotel, you will need to rest and return to the clinic periodically to have a check-up, and your dressings changed. All contact numbers will be provided to you in case you have any immediate issues.
For a full tummy tuck, we recommend a stay of 14 days in Budapest. For a mini tummy tuck, a shorter stay of 7 days is possible.
This can vary for each individual, but the recovery period is between 2-4 weeks. During this time, we recommend you take time off work and not plan too many strenuous activities. The rate at which you heal depends upon factors such as your age, state of health, and your own body’s healing abilities.
Soon after your surgery, you are encouraged to begin walking around cautiously. Body movement supports the healing process and speeds up recovery. Avoid all heavy exercise for a minimum of 6 weeks post-surgery. This includes lifting any heavy objects. Other than that, you can return to your regular everyday routine after 2-3 weeks. Full recovery can take anywhere from 3-6 months by which time the scars will fade.
You will need about three weeks of rest after an abdominoplasty before returning to work. If your job involves heavy lifting or activity, then you should refrain for six weeks post-surgery.
Yes, a tummy tuck is commonly combined with many other procedures involved with a mommy makeover or with additional liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction.
In common with plastic surgery in general, the majority of complications are temporary but can include hematoma, seroma, wound infection, loss of sensitivity in the skin of the lower tummy.
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