Tummy Tuck Surgery
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Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?
A relevant question patients usually ask when they are thinking about a tummy tuck is, “Are the results permanent”?
The answer is yes, however, there exists some important considerations. First, if somebody gains a large amount of weight after a tummy tuck, then, of course, the results will change and will deteriorate.
Secondly, if they lose a lot of weight, then the results may be compromised as well. For example, they can develop loose skin.
Thirdly, if a patient falls pregnant after a tummy tuck, then, the abdominal muscles, as well as the skin, will stretch, and again, the results will be compromised.
However, a redo tummy tuck can be performed once the pregnancy period is completed, and the patient has returned to a stable weight. Finally, as with any cosmetic procedure, the aging process continues, thus, with time, the skin quality, as well as the muscle tone, will chan
What is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?
The difference between a full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck can be summarized as three.
- Most of the time the scar from the full tummy tuck is much longer than the mini tummy tuck.
- The main goal of a mini tummy tuck is the amount of excess tissue between the belly button and the pubis. It doesn’t solve any bulges or any fatty tissue that is outside this area.
- Usually muscle tightening is not performed in a mini tummy tuck. Whereas in the full tummy tuck, the muscle is tightened and brought together, some liposuction may be added in for body contouring, and the scar tends to be longer.
Overall, the results are more dramatic from a full tummy tuck than they are from the mini tummy tuck.
What is the recovery like after a tummy tuck?
The recovery and the pain after a tummy tuck are usually also a big concern of patients.
The operation takes about two hours, it’s performed under general anesthetic and usually involves a one-night stay. Patients go home with dissolvable stitches and dressing and are asked to wear a garment for about six weeks.
We also like my patients to have manual lymphatic drainage, which is a particular type of massage for a few weeks after the procedure.
The first few days are a little uncomfortable, but strong painkillers are usually prescribed for this. Also, it is recommended to use four or five pillows at night and difficulty to stand upright may arise.
But usually, after a week, most patients are relatively mobile and within two weeks are generally back at work and beginning some gentle exercises.
The full recovery takes about six weeks, and the swelling as a result of the surgery can take several months to settle down.
Top Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
When you think of the benefits of a tummy tuck, most likely your first thought is of a flat and firm abdomen.
However, having excess skin and fat removed from your abdominal area as well as having the muscles and fascia along the abdominal wall tighten via a tummy tuck are not the only improvements you can experience.
When you are grocery shopping, it might seem obvious that a shopping cart keeps you from having to lug a grocery basket around the store.
However, the excess weight around your waist and abdomen can amount to 10 to 20 pounds, and this extra weight can be very similar to carrying a bag of groceries.
The difference, though, is that you can set a bag of groceries down and rest. Without a tummy tuck, that extra weight stays with you each and every day, weighing you down, hurting your back, and destroying your posture.
2. Long-term results
After a tummy tuck, you will find you have a natural ability to stand a little straighter. Additionally, you will feel slimmer and more tone.
This change is something that might seem simple and obvious, but the positive results are amazing. Additionally, they are permanent if you continue to take care of yourself.
Generally speaking, you will feel much better about yourself, and any pain you were feeling in your lower back and shoulders will have vanished.
3. Reduce urinary incontinence
A common side effect of vaginal birth, stress urinary incontinence is a condition in which urine leaks out as the result of a sudden pressure on the urethra and bladder.
Unfortunately, this leakage can occur at any time and especially when laughing, coughing, or sneezing. This condition can negatively impact a women’s lifestyle and cause stress.
Fortunately, a tummy tuck can include the construction of a slight bladder obstruction. A bladder obstruction is comprised of tissue from your pelvic region and can result in a noticeable reduction in urinary incontinence.
Following a procedure that takes a couple hours, your recovery will involve an overnight stay at the hospital.
Following this, you will be released to home care where your stitches will gradually and painlessly dissolve. Additionally, you will benefit from a prescription to help with the residual pain.
During your recovery time, you should sleep propped up by four pillows. Doing so will help your muscles, and it will make getting in and out of bed more comfortable.
The overall recovery will take approximately six weeks, and the swelling should be completely gone within several months.
Finally, during recovery, you will be advised to engage in a massage known as manual lymphatic drainage. This type of massage helps your lymphatic system maintain proper fluid balance throughout your body.