Tummy Tucks

Written by Norene Anderson
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Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that is done to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten the muscles that are underneath the skin. These muscles lose the ability to constrict tightly to support the internal organs as they should. With the surgery, the tummy or abdominal area is flattened and the waistline is narrowed appropriately.

This is a major surgical procedure that requires the appropriate recovery time in order for it to heal properly before returning to the pre-surgery level of activities. It usually requires general anesthesia in a hospital setting. The procedure involves separating the skin and the fat from the wall of the abdomen and exposes the muscles of the abdomen. At this point, the muscle is examined and the ones that are loose are tightened.

Tummy Tucks Are Major Surgery

Tummy tucks are not to be taken lightly. Before the surgery is complete, the navel has to be reconstructed. The skin flap is stretched out over the abdomen and the excess is cut away. It requires a bandage to support the abdomen during recovery and the healing process. Heavy lifting and any kind of straining are not allowed until the physician gives the okay to do so. It would be very easy to cause something internal to tear and require surgical repair. It pays to be patient in recovery.

There are many surgeons that do tummy tucks on a regular basis and are very experienced. To get rid of the excess baggage from pregnancy or extreme weight loss, a tummy tuck may be the answer. As with any kind of surgery, there are risks that must be considered. If there is good skin tone and muscle tone, and if there is only a small amount of excess fat, liposuction may be a viable alternative.

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