The complexity of the surgery depends on the case being worked on. Surgery on a person with a lot of excess fat in the abdomen is more complicated. After the administration of anaesthesia, two incisions are made by the surgeon on the abdomen. One incision loosens the navel area while the other incision raises the navel from the tissues. The skin is then lifted to expose the muscles in the abdomen.
The surgeon then stitches the muscles into a new position thus giving the patient a new and defined waistline. The skin is stretched back to its original position. Any excess skin is trimmed down and the tummy is stitched to close up the incisions. Lastly, the surgeon creates a new naval since the old one would be stretched far down the tummy.
You will remain with a scar on the tummy but most surgeons try their best to conceal it. The scar takes about six to nine months to disappear completely.
For the first couple of weeks, your tummy will be swollen and quite painful. The surgeon will prescribe some pain relieving drugs for you. It may take you two to four weeks to fully recover and get back to your normal routine. You may need to stay in hospital for a day or two so that the surgeon can see how you are fairing on.
Those intending to go through the surgery should be in good health condition. For example, obese people are advised to try and lose weight first before the surgery can be performed on them. This is to reduce the occurrence of complications like respiratory problems, infections, development of a blood clot and slowing down of the healing process. A woman who is planning to become pregnant is advised to have the baby first before undergoing the surgery.
The abdominoplasty type of surgery includes different types of operations. The price ranges from one type of surgery to another. A low costing procedure is also ideal but the higher priced procedures are higher in quality. Talking to a surgeon before the procedure is recommended because you will get to know of the risks involved, the price and the recovery process. It is also advisable to go through some before and after pictures of tummy tucks to get an idea of what to expect after the surgery.