Trying to get a toned abdominal area can elude most people, despite their good intentions to get in shape and to lose weight. Sometimes more drastic measures are explored to achieve this result, such as a tummy tuck. Not to be confused with liposuction, a tummy tuck removes excess skin along the apron of the abdomen.
What a Tummy Tuck Isn’t
A tummy tuck isn’t a replacement method for weight loss. In fact, experts recommend that if you expect to have a significant fluctuation in your weight that you postpone a tummy tuck. Consider clicking this link about tummy tucks to learn more about what to expect if you are considering this surgical procedure.
A tummy tuck is considered a surgical procedure and with any surgical process there are risks. You can expect to sign a consent form to make certain you are aware and understand such risks. Therefore, it is imperative that you are comfortable with these risks before signing. The best way to ensure this is to get all of your questions answered beforehand during your tummy tuck consultation.
Some risk may include scarring, skin loss, and infection, changes in skin sensation, possible heart complications, and pain.
Preparing for the Procedure
If preformed as an outpatient procedure plan for a love one to take you home after and to stay with you overnight following the surgery. During your tummy tuck consultation, you should be made aware of best practices leading up to the procedure, such as no smoking, adjusting certain medications and which medications you should avoid.
Recovery and what to Expect
Your recovery time is critical and important to the outcome of your tummy tuck. You can expect to wear a compression garment to support the area and to help with swelling. In addition, to help with the drainage, small temporary tubes under the skin to collect fluid.
Specific instructions will be given to care for the surgical site. Be sure to ask as many questions as possible to help you follow out these aftercare instructions to the letter.
Resuming normal activities, such a taking a bath, made be delayed until after the stitches are gone.
Getting a tummy tuck is a personal decision that does involve risks. Therefore, the choice to get one should be a selfish one. Do it for yourself because of how it will help you feel better about yourself and your body.