Getting a Tummy Tuck? Here are 4 Things You Need to Know before the Procedure

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Abdominoplasty in Atlanta is a proven way to help people to get rid of excess fat and skin in the stomach area. It is helpful for those patients who cannot achieve a toned core with regular exercise and diet alone. Also referred to as a “tummy tuck,” this plastic surgery procedure helps to restore weakened and damaged abdominal muscles that are prevalent in women who go through childbirth.

Just as it is with any other sort of plastic surgery, it is always advisable that patients carry out their own research beforehand, and take their time to speak with a Crispin Plastic Surgery doctor who is well experienced in this field about candidacy, recovery time, scarring, risks, and the expected outcome. If this is the first time you are considering the procedure to improve your silhouette, here are four things you need to know before you the procedure.

  1. There are Different Kinds of Tummy Tucks

When you research about any kind of tummy tuck, you will discover that there are three or four levels of this surgery. The right procedure for you depends on three main questions:

  • How much removal of fat and skin is necessary?
  • Does the belly button require repositioning?
  • Will abdominal muscles need replacement?

Having a better understanding of each procedure will also help you as the patient to predict some things, like how big the scar could be, and the time needed for full recovery. Here are the main types of tummy tuck and their salient features:

Modified or Mini

  • Requires the removal of small amount of fat and skin from the lower abdomen
  • No need for repositioning the belly button
  • May include liposuction and muscle repair
  • Horizontal scar just above the pubic area

Full

  • Removal of fat beneath the skin
  • The removal of the lower abdomen skin just above the belly button
  • Repositioning of the belly button
  • Typically this included the repair of muscle
  • Scar runs across the lower abdomen (hip to hip)
  • May or may not require liposuction

Extended 

  • Similar to full tummy tuck as mentioned above
  • Skin and fat additionally removed from the flanks toward the lower back
  • The scar runs across the lower abdomen, around the back (lower back)

Circumferential is the same as the one mentioned above. An experienced and board certified plastic surgeon could help you to understand which procedure is suitable for you by assessing some things like your anatomy, your past surgical history, and the amount of excess skin.

2. Tummy Tucks Requires Sufficient Recovery Time

Keep in mind that abdominoplasty is not a minor operation. As a patient, you should expect at least two weeks of downtime, a time when even the most basic activity would be difficult for you to carry out. After the surgery allows yourself to heal by resting. This means you need to take appropriate time off from work and consider arranging an assistant to live with you to carry out the chores around the house. After three weeks of complete care, patients feel better and come back to their normal selves after the surgery, though you still need to avoid heavy physical activity for at least a month.

The swelling, pain, and post-op fatigue usually fades away in the first four weeks, but you need to give yourself some more time to recover fully and be aware that it takes as much as six months to see the final results.

3. To Heal Faster, You Need to Eat Nutritious Foods

After a surgery, there is no better time to focus on your nutrition.  A rich diet in healthy grains, vegetables, lean proteins, and vitamins promotes a better immune health, which gives your body the means to heal surgical wounds faster. For complete recovery, you need to stay away from fast foods, which are highly processed.

4. Beforehand, Ensure Your Weight is Stable

Tummy tucks are not massive weight loss tools. When you weigh yourself and find that the scale tends to fluctuate every now and then, it is better that you wait for a time when you’ have achieved a number that stays stable. This should be 10-15% of your goal weight. This is relevant for patients who have recently had a bariatric surgery. As most plastic surgeons often recommend that you should wait for at least a year before you have a tummy tuck.

Before you opt for a tummy tuck in Atlanta, it is best that you consult with an experienced surgeon in Atlanta. Ask them about everything you need to know, the time it takes, the recovery time, or anything that comes in your mind. Rest assured that a well-experienced surgeon would always attend to all your questions and give you the best advice.