Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Is It Right for You?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are individuals who are in relatively good shape, but are troubled by excess fat, loose skin, or protruding muscles that will not respond to diet or exercise. Ninety-six percent of tummy tucks are performed on women, particularly those whose abdominal muscles and skin are permanently stretched from multiple pregnancies. Patients planning to lose a significant amount of weight or planning future pregnancies should wait. Muscles that are tightened during the surgery may separate during pregnancy. In addition, doctors may recommend against abdominoplasty if you have scars from previous abdominal surgery.
Post-operative complications include the following: Infection (which can be treated with drainage and antibiotics); blood clots (which can be minimized by moving around soon after surgery); and poor healing (which can result in a noticeable scar and may require a second operation). Smokers should quit smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery (or permanently), since smoking can increase risks of complications and delay healing.
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