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Tummy tuck - abdominoplasty

As we age, things just donít stay in place like they did when we were younger.  This is even truer if you have ever given birth.  Our bodies just donít seem as firm and slim as they once did.  Many people, both men and women, who are looking for a flatter, smoother appearing stomach, are turning to abdominoplasty or more commonly known, the tummy tuck.  This procedure should not be taken lightly as it is considered major surgery.  The goal of the surgery is to remove any excess skin and fat from both the middle and lower abdomen as well as tighten the muscles of the stomach wall.  The desired outcome is a flatter appearing stomach.  We must keep in mind that a tummy tuck will leave behind permanent scars which in some cases can be quite long.

If you are considering having abdominoplasty, here are some things to consider to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.  Surgeons believe the best candidates are both men and women who are already in good shape but who canít get rid of that fat deposit or loose skin through either exercising or dieting.  If you have ever been pregnant or overweight and have lost those excess pounds but your stomach skin has lost its elasticity, you are likely a good candidate as well.  If you are considering getting a tummy tuck, make sure you have lost all the weight you want first.  There are few advantages to the procedure if you still have weight to lose.

Because abdominoplasty is considered major surgery, there are risks you should be aware of before you make a decision to proceed.  First, make sure to use a qualified plastic surgeon that has a great track record.  Ask they have any people who would be willing to provide you with a testimonial.  If there are post-operative complications, they are likely to be infections and blood clots.  Although they are rare, they still do occur and need to be aware of their dangers.  It is important that you get up and move around after the surgery is done to reduce the risk of blood clots.  Having a tummy tuck will leave you swollen and in a bit of discomfort.  However, there are pain medications to help you through the days following surgery.  Make sure to discuss all risks with your surgeon before going ahead with it.  It is better to be safe than sorry.

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