There’s a few alternatives from CoolSculpting that you can do if CoolSculpting isn’t right for you; one of those being a good ole’ Tummy Tuck! A Tummy Tuck not only removes excess fat, it also removes excess skin as well! The procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon and does require incisions and anesthesia. The way the procedure of a Tummy Tuck is done is through an incision at the bottom of the skin that covers your abdominal wall. If your exposed muscles have been stretched out, the surgeon will sew them to the abdominal wall together. Then, the skin will be tightly pulled over the abdomen and the excess skin will be cut off. It is a quick procedure, taking about two to three hours and is done in that one time.
A Tummy Tuck is a permanent procedure, making your abdominal wall more stable and strong. The excess skin that was cut off won’t return unless there is huge fluctuation in weight. People who should avoid getting a Tummy Tuck should be: people looking to get pregnant soon, people who have a severe chronic condition (heart disease or diabetes), people with a body mass index that’s greater than 30, people who smoke and people who have had previous abdominal surgery that caused scar tissue.
Although a Tummy Tuck does seem sweet, simple and fast, there are of course risks and side effects that can occur. Wound complications and infections are the most common reason for readmission, but there can also be: fluid accumulation (temporary pockets of fluid may form under the skin. It will need to be drained.), tissue necrosis (fatty tissue deep within the abdominal area may get damaged, and tissue that doesn’t heal or dies must be removed.) and changes in sensation (the repositioning of the abdominal tissue may affect the superficial sensory nerves in the area.)
To prepare for the surgery of a Tummy Tuck, you should have an initial conversation with your plastic surgeon which will go over the following categories: Your medical history, where you’ll talk about past and current medical conditions, any medications that you’re taking or have taken, and any surgeries that you’ve had as well. If your decision for getting a Tummy Tuck is strictly cosmetic for weight loss, you’ll be asked a series of detailed questions regarding your weight gain and loss normally. A physical exam will be done, where pictures will be taken and the plastic surgeon will examine your abdomen for your medical record. Lastly, they will discuss your expectations. Making sure you understand the risks, side effects and everything that comes with the surgery of a Tummy Tuck.
What happens after the surgery is complete? You will have surgical dressings that have to be changed several times, and your surgeon should provide you with a “belly binder” which is a compression garment. You should be up and walking within a day or two to prevent the formation of blood clots, while taking prescription pay relievers and antibiotics to help ease any discomfort and reduce risk of infection. It will take about six weeks for the recovery phase of a Tummy Tuck to pass, and will need to be followed up with several appointment with your doctor to make sure everything is healing how it is supposed to. It is recommended to avoid any positions that involve bending backwards or abdominal extensions, and should avoid any strenuous physical activity or exercise until you get the okay from your doctor.