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What you Should Know About Tummy Tucks

Sep 10, 2008
The Tummy Tuck procedure, medically known as an abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure to tighten loose skin and help remove stretch marks below the navel. Involving a major incision, the tummy tuck is a very serious operation, and should not be considered lightly as a cosmetic surgery. In this article we will look at some of the key features of the procedure, and the best way to approach your treatment.

Before you consider any surgical procedure, it is imperative that you consult with a qualified physician to determine your physical suitability. He will be most capable of offering recommendations as to the likelihood of infection, and the chances of success of the procedure.

He or she will also be able to answer any questions you might have regarding the surgical procedure or the preparation for the treatment, which can be helpful in alleviating any doubts or worries in your mind. Furthermore, a physician will be able to explain to you the best ways to ensure a quick recovery from your procedure, to avoid prolonging the period unnecessarily.

It is also important to have the physician check out your health in general to see if you are physically fit enough to have the procedure, or whether this could cause problems due to some underlying healthy condition. In preparing for the procedure, you should also refrain from smoking for 4-6 weeks prior, and make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before. It may also be sensible to arrange for transport from the hospital after you're free to go.

The procedure itself involves a large incision just above the pubic area spanning from hip to hip. The surgeon will also make an incision in the belly button to allow him to move it into a suitable position after the tuck. The surgeon will simply lift the flap of skin and pull it taught, before cutting off any excess and stitching up the wound. Unfortunately, the extensive nature of the treatment makes it susceptible to infection and further illness, so this is a procedure which must always be handled with care, and considered as a last resort.

After the procedure it is important to maintain a healthy diet and continue not to smoke. Within 6 to 8 months you should be fully recovered and able to take part in moderate to intensive exercise, which again will help avoid infection and complications in the years to come.
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Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Nursing, Alternative Health , and Fitness
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