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Tummy Tuck

Abs – people love them and a nice set of abs is a testament to a person’s toughness and resilience. Additionally, great abs is only possible for people that have a strong lower body and is a great way to impress potential love interests. Additionally, having a nice set of abs is a huge confidence builder for people. After all, ask yourself when was the last time you met a self-conscious or insecure person that had a great set of abs? However, these amazing abs can be elusive. There’s a reason why those people that have great abs, flaunt them – because it’s rare for people to have a nice set of abs. It is this elusive goal of having great abs that drive many people crazy. From doing numerous sets of sit-ups and crunches in the bedroom to joining a gym to shed those extra pounds that are covering those abs to frantically following a diet that promises to not add extra weight that may cover up abs, having a flat but firm lower body is something that everybody craves. However, for many individuals this is just an impossible goal. While many people may criticize plastic surgery as being superficial and will cite bad plastic surgery photos and awful plastic surgery stories as proof of the Dangers of Plastic Surgery, there are cases where people are just not able to create changes in their body no matter how hard they work. For that reason, more and more people are turning towards popular Plastic surgery treatments like abdominoplasty, or as it is more commonly known as, a tummy tuck.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), tummy tucks were the fifth most common plastic surgery treatment performed in 2005. As the ASAPS reports, a total of 169, 314 tummy tucks were performed that year, an increase of 12 percent from the last year. This increasing total of abdominoplasty surgeries shows how much this treatment is desired. While there are examples of awful plastic surgery when it comes to tummy tucks such as the celebrity plastic surgery case of Tara Reid, for the most part a tummy tuck is a fantastic way to get rid of those extra pounds and obtain that sleek abdominal look that is so popular these days.

Getting ready for tummy tuck surgery

Despite its popularity, undergoing tummy tuck surgery is a big decision that a person has to make and may not be for everybody. In many cases, plastic surgeons will not recommend tummy tuck surgery to patients that may have unrealistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. The best way to ascertain whether undergoing a tummy tuck is the right decision for you is to actively seek out the opinion of a qualified plastic surgeon that has extensive experience performing tummy tuck surgery. The purpose of abdominoplasty is to remove excess skin and fat from the patient’s lower and middle abdomen. By doing this and tightening the abdominal muscles, the plastic surgeon is able to create a tighter abdominal look that will make the patient slimmer than they were prior to surgery. However, it is important to note that there are some instances of plastic surgery gone wrong when patients undergo abdominoplasty surgery. The best way to avoid a poor quality tummy tuck is to take the proper amount of time to find a board certified plastic surgeon that has a proven track record of performing successful tummy tuck surgery. When consulting with plastic surgeons, make sure that you ask every question that you may have. You can even insist on seeing the plastic surgeon’s patients’ abdominoplasty before and after pictures as a way to judge the plastic surgeon’s abilities. After all, nobody wants to end up as an example of bad plastic surgery. Typically, the best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are individuals that work diligently to be in good shape but are unable to shed excess fat deposits or loose abdominal skin despite their hard work. In many cases, tummy tuck surgery patients are women whose abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched by multiple pregnancies. Other common abdominoplasty patients are older individuals whose skin has lost much of its elasticity, making them appear more flabby than they actually are.
However, it is highly recommended that patients that intend to lose a large amount of weight or who want to be pregnant in the future avoid abdominoplasty until there is a more appropriate time. If you do decide to undergo tummy tuck surgery, it is highly recommended that you follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions on how to prepare for the treatment. In many instances they will provide you with guidelines for what you should eat and drink in preparation for your surgery. For smokers, it is highly recommended that you avoid smoking for at least a couple of weeks prior to your surgery as this can impact your body’s ability to recover from the surgery. It is also recommended that tummy tuck surgery patients postpone their surgery in cases where they develop a cold or another type of infection at the time of their surgery.

Tummy tuck surgery

Despite its immense popularity, there are a number of surgical techniques that a plastic surgeon is able to employ when performing tummy tuck surgery. In instances where the patient is having fat deposits removed from their lower abdomen, they may be a candidate for partial abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck. The advantage of a mini tummy tuck is that it is a much less invasive surgery, although it does not produce as extensive a result as a regular tummy tuck surgery. For the most part, tummy tuck surgery is performed at either an outpatient surgical center, a hospital, or the plastic surgeons office. The patient will be given a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic that will allow them to feel relaxed during the surgery. The treatment typically lasts between two and five hours, although a mini tummy tuck can be completed within two hours. In a tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will first make an incision that goes from the patient’s hipbone to hipbone. From there, the plastic surgeon will make an additional incision that frees up the patient’s navel from the surrounding tissue. Once the incisions have been made, the plastic surgeon will separate the skin from the underlying tissue where they are able to gain access to the patient’s vertical abdominal muscles. By pulling these muscles close together and then stitching them, the plastic surgeon will be able to tighten the patient’s abdominal muscles so that they are tighter and more noticeable. Once the cosmetic surgeon has finished tightening the patient’s abdominal muscles, they will then stretch out the patient’s abdominal skin and remove the excess skin. From there, the plastic surgeon will stitch up the patient’s skin back and will drain the excess fluid with a temporary tube.