It’s already hard enough for some people to get the stomach they want. As we get older, it gets even harder for people to maintain a toned and flat stomach. As the body continues to change, it may experience changes that may seem irreversible such as excess skin in the stomach due to weight fluctuations or pregnancy. For individuals who’ve tried to get the perfect stomach but just can’t get rid of extra skin, a tummy tuck may be the best option.
What is Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. It aims to get rid of loose and excess skin as well as tighten the weak muscles in the stomach that may contribute to flabbiness around the midsection. The surgery involves the surgeon making an incision in the lower abdomen. This incision allows the surgeon to separate the skin from tissues, vacuum out unwanted fat, reconstruct the abdominal wall and tighten the muscles.
Once the surgeon has done this, the skin is pulled down and intentionally placed to reveal a flatter and more toned stomach. The surgeon stitches the stomach in place then trims off extra skin. To ensure that the results look natural, an opening is made for the belly button. Because a tummy tuck can target the many issues a patient may have with their stomach, it’s common for patients to want to know what the recovery process is like.
Recovery from Tummy Tuck
The recovery timeline is dependent on different factors such as the patient’s age or body weight. Many patients find themselves feeling healed enough to go back to work but they might not feel fully up to speed for about two months. Patients can expect to feel some pain but this should subside quickly. However, swelling may be a long-lasting aspect of the recovery process. For patient’s to have a smooth and successful recovery, it’s important that they follow their doctor’s post-operative instructions.
These instructions will most likely include properly taking care of the drains placed after surgery. This will only be the case for the first few days following the surgery. For the first 6 weeks, patients may have to wear an abdominal binder to support the abdomen and avoid fluid buildup. Patients may need to sleep at an incline the first few days after the surgery but most of the recovery will require the patient to take things easy so they can heal properly and quickly.
To learn more about what to expect from a tummy tuck recovery, feel free to reach out to one of the expert plastic surgeons in Miami at the Seduction Cosmetic Center.
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