You have finally lost all those extra kilos and are now at your ideal weight. Congratulations! But along with all that weight you shed, you are now realizing that you have a lot of excess skin hanging around your midsection. Not so great.
Stomach flab isn’t flattering and it makes it that much more difficult to get dressed and feel good about oneself in the morning. When months at the gym don’t work, healthy eating doesn’t budge that bulge, and dressing up becomes a nightmare, many people wonder what it is they aren’t doing right.
It isn’t that you aren’t doing the right things; it may just be that you have reached the limits of what you can do without some external help. Skin sagging due to a number of natural factors such as age, childbirth, and genetics is unavoidable. Events such as drastic weight loss, trauma, pregnancy, or the removal of tumors may inevitably lead to excess skin, fat, and loose abdominal muscles. No need to beat yourself up over that stubborn bulge that refuses to go away. For example, childbirth can lead to weakened and damaged abdominal muscles, which is why some women do not feel their core muscles connecting no matter how many crunches they do at the gym. This is the point some people turn to a specialist and consider going under the knife for some surgical assistance.
A tummy tuck, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, is a type of plastic or reconstructive surgery of the abdomen that takes out the excess fat, tightens the skin over the stomach and according to plasticsurgery.org.au “improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports the fat and skin”.
A mini tummy tuck, however, is more of a procedure to tighten the abdominal muscles and get rid of minimal excess skin in the lower abdomen.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has tracked it as the fifth most common cosmetic procedure done in 2017 with 129,753 done in the United States according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/new-statistics-reveal-the-shape-of-plastic-surgery.
There are several reasons to get an abdominoplasty, the most common of these being the need to have excess skin and wrinkles (resulting from extreme weight loss) tightened.
If you feel that surgery is the way to go for you, consider the following factors that may affect you and factor them in while planning for your next step towards a flatter belly and a more defined waistline.
There is significant downtime
Be prepared to take time off from work and to scale down on most of your activities for the next four to six weeks. Recovery varies per person but all who undergo the procedure are told not to partake in strenuous activities and not to carry anything weighing more than 10lbs the first few weeks after surgery. Because of the skin and abdominal muscles being pulled taut, there will be discomfort around the abdominal region and you will most likely be bent over a little, need help with most activities around the home such as reaching for items on shelves, and have to move at a slower pace while your body heals.
Make sure you have someone you can call on to take you home from the hospital and help you out at home the first few days after the surgery.
There are several things you can do to prepare for your recovery and make it a calmer time for you and your loved ones. Pre-cooked meals and snacks stored in the fridge, a fully stocked pantry, clean clothes, and scheduled babysitters for those with smaller children – all these things can make the healing process that much easier when thought out and done ahead of time.
There will be scarring
An abdominoplasty comes with a souvenir scar. No way around that for now. These, of course, will fade over time and your doctor will try to keep the incisions along naturally occurring lines and creases in your body. A regular tummy tuck leaves a scar from hip to hip and a small one around your belly button.
A mini tummy tuck will leave a scar below your belly button. Although most of the time, surgeons take care to keep the incisions hidden under the bikini line and as inconspicuous as possible, have a talk with your doctor if you are concerned about being out and about in a swimsuit later on.
Prepare for cost
Although it is usually an outpatient procedure, a tummy tuck is still a form of surgery and in addition to consultation and operation costs, there will be some post-op care needed in the form of medication, bandages, and return visits to your physician. A full tummy tuck falls within the range of 6,000 – 10,000 AUD. Some doctors might recommend some liposuction to be done along with the tuck and this cost should be factored in as well.
Do take note that because it is considered cosmetic, most insurance plans do not cover abdominoplasty so double check with your insurance provider and see what they can offer in terms of coverage.
Having considered the physical and financial ramifications of getting a tuck, and after setting realistic expectations with regards to healing time and how you will look post-op, get some proper information from a doctor you trust.
Besides having a more contoured waist and flatter belly, note the other medical benefits of getting a tummy tuck: repair of weakened abdominal muscles, less back pain and bloating, and less urinary incontinence.
Whether your reason is reconstructive or cosmetic, getting a tummy tuck is a personal decision and all factors including potential risks and complications should be discussed with your specialized surgeon.
For added information and more in-depth answers to questions regarding a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck in Sydney, schedule a visit at the Dr. Daood Clinic today. We would be more than happy to give you all the information you need to reach an informed decision on your procedure of choice.
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