Complete Tummy Tuck
Are you reasonably healthy but have excess amounts of skin or fat in the abdominal area? Have you tried diet and exercise to fix the problem but without success? A complete tummy tuck (also known as a “full” tummy tuck) may be able to help! Men and women who are reasonably fit otherwise, will often seek out a tummy tuck to address issues with the skin, muscle, and fat tissues in the abdominal area.
Women who have endured the rigors of pregnancy can benefit from a complete tummy tuck to tighten loose abdominals. Men who have lost a lot of weight may need a tummy tuck to tighten the skin around the belly. Individuals who have had bariatric surgery, as well as older patients with excess skin that has lost its elasticity may also be good candidates. A complete tummy tuck can produce dramatic and life-changing results!
Who is the ideal candidate for a complete tummy tuck?
A complete tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, but it can be helpful for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery and have lost a lot of weight very quickly. A complete tummy tuck is only appropriate for individuals who are in good overall health and are able to withstand the surgery and the recovery period.
Although doctors may recommend liposuction along with a tummy tuck to achieve the results you desire, there is a limit to how much fat can safely be removed from the body during one procedure. Talk with your doctor about the complete tummy tuck to learn about whether the procedure is appropriate for your situation.
Surgical Procedure for the Complete Tummy Tuck
A complete tummy tuck involves general anesthesia and several incisions. Most surgeries last between three and six hours. A long incision is made above the bikini line, starting at the tip of the pelvis and extending across the abdomen to the other pelvic bone. A second incision is then made around the belly button to free the navel from surrounding tissues.
After the doctor completes the incisions, the abdominal muscles are tightened, which thins and firms the waist. The doctor then cuts off excess skin and fat and repositions the remaining skin and a new belly button is created. Drains are then inserted to help eliminate excess fluid and blood buildup.
Several days after the tummy tuck, your doctor will remove the drains from the incision so that your body can finish healing. Your abdomen will remain swollen for quite some time and your doctor will advise you on post-operative care.