Abdominoplasty – The Tummy Tuck

image

Are you unhappy with your mid-section?

Do you carry a few extra pounds around your belly?

Have you ever considered plastic surgery to remedy this problem?

If so, you might want to consult with a plastic surgeon to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty.

This is a surgical procedure more commonly known as a tummy tuck.

The people who most commonly have this surgery are women, especially those that have given birth multiple times. This results in the skin and abdominal muscles being stretched beyond the point where they can return to normal on their own.

Ideal candidates for this type of surgery are people who have weak muscles, have extra skin that protrudes from the abdomen, and are at a stable weight.

People who are significantly overweight do not make good candidates for this type of surgery. The doctor might recommend that they lose some weight or possibly undergo liposuction before having the surgery performed.

The surgeon will determine whether or not a person is an ideal candidate during the pre-surgical consultation.

The actual abdominoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia but on an outpatient basis.

A full tummy tuck takes roughly 2-3 hours to perform, while a mini tummy tuck requires about 1-2 hours of surgery time.

image

The procedure will leave the patient with a scar across the waistline, but these can usually be hidden without too much trouble. Most patients do not mind the scar since they have a flatter tummy!

Following the procedure patients will be prescribed pain medication to help manage their discomfort.
– They will also have a surgical dressing and special drains that are left in place.
– Any type of strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 3-4 weeks after the surgery, and some patients may find it difficult to stand up straight immediately following the surgery.
– The doctor will recommend that patients begin walking as soon as possible.
– Recovery time varies by patient, but it is usually 2-4 weeks before a person returns to work. During this time a little light exercise is OK, as it may actually aid in the healing process. Exercise is actually very beneficial, in that it helps reduce swelling, tone muscles, and reduces the risk of blood clots.
– The scars from surgery will remain very noticeable for about 3-6 months, but by 9-12 months they begin to flatten and get lighter in color.

Just like any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty is not without some risk.
– Anytime a person goes under anesthesia there is a risk, and in rare cases infection or blood clots can occur.
– Smokers are at a higher risk for post-surgical complications, so the doctor may advise patients to quit smoking well in advance of their surgery.

Regardless of any possible risks or complications, many women feel that abdominoplasty is still much more beneficial than harmful.

Once a person has made the decision to have this surgery, they need to do a consult with an experienced surgeon. Together the two of you will determine whether this procedure is the right one for you.

Advertisements

How does Liposuction surgery work?

Image

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves changing body shapes through the removal of fat. The plastic surgery works by inserting a narrow tube through a small incision into the affected area. The fat cells are broken up with a saline solution and removed through the tube.

Vaser Lipo is less invasive than traditional Liposuction. The procedures work by breaking down fat cells, which in turn reduces the suction requirements – both offer quicker recovery periods.  

Both men and women choose to have liposuction to help remove stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to tone up even if your diet is healthy and you exercise regularly. Not only is it immediately effective, the fact that the fat cells removed by liposuction do not get replaced by your body, the results will be long-lasting as well.

Liposuction surgery can target specific areas of the body for fat removal including outer and inner thighs, knees, hips, stomach, buttocks, chin, waist and back. The end result is a smoother, more sculpted body.

To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It’s important to understand that liposuction can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration, however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin. Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.

A Guide to Help You Prepare for Your Face Lift

facelift

Now that you have made the decision to get a face lift, you need to make sure that you have made the necessary arrangements to ensure you have a great experience and recovery.  The closer it gets to your big day, the more anxious you may be feeling.  After you have had your initial consultation, there may be a few more appointments for you to go to before your procedure.  These appointments are necessary so your specialist can go over the details and make sure that their plan of action is best for what you want done.

blood tests

Tests and lab work may also be done to ensure you are in good health before your procedure.  These are excellent opportunities for you to ask any lingering questions you may have in the days leading up to your face lift.  Your surgeon will also give you some advice and last minute recommendations to help reduce your anxiety.

medication

You will need to pay attention to any medications that you are taking before your face lift.  Some medications can cause complications.  Let your surgeon know about any medications and supplements you may be taking.  You will be informed that you need to stop taking certain medications and supplements during the weeks leading up to your procedure.  They will inform you when it is okay for you to resume taking them.  If you need to take certain medications because of an unrelated health condition, your surgeon can talk with your primary care physician so you can take alternatives that won’t increase your risks for complications.
smoking & drinking

Smoking and drinking are both activities that can greatly increase your risk for complications. You need to do your best to refrain from partaking in these activities at least three to four weeks before and after your face lift.  These habits can affect you body’s circulation and can greatly reduce your body’s ability to heal.

homeopathic remedies

There are some things you can do to help minimize the amount for swelling and discoloration you have immediately after your face lift.  In order to get the most benefit, you would need to start implementing these things into your diet a few weeks before the surgery.  Certain teas and homeopathic remedies have been shown to reduce the amount of trauma to your skin.  If you are thinking about taking any of those supplements, make sure you get your surgeon’s approval first.

todo list

 

Make sure that you take care of your other obligations before your surgery date.

  • Clean up your home beforehand so you won’t feel compelled to do so while you are supposed to be recovering.
  • Stock up on foods that require very little effort for you to prepare them.  You can make foods in advance and freeze them until you are ready to eat them or you can purchase them from the freezer section at your local grocery store.
  • If you have kids or pets, ask a family member to help out with them during your recovery.