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How Effective Is a Tummy Tuck?

Posted Jan 31 2013 3:14am

Just like with any other cosmetic surgery procedure, the results of an abdominoplasty differ from individual to individual. A tummy tuck gets rid of unneeded/excess fat and skin from the abdominal region and tightens the abdominal wall muscles to provide for a well-defined and flat abdomen. However, the level of aesthetic benefit will vary from person to person.
Abdominoplasty – Multiple Benefits
Men and women would find the procedure almost miraculous because it helps to fix the problem of lax abdominal muscle and loose skin which is otherwise difficult to fix with dieting and exercise. Other benefits associated with the procedure are:

  • Ensures a more sensual appearance by way of contouring of the umbilicus
  • Women have an easy way to get back to their pre-pregnancy shape
  • Enhances self-esteem and confidence
  • Minimal risks
  • Procedure is customized to suit individual aesthetic goals
  • You do not have to stay at the hospital overnight unless you require an additional surgery such as liposuction
Choose an Experienced Plastic Surgeon
To get the best possible outcome from the tummy tuck, you should have a capable and qualified plastic surgeon performing the procedure for you. Read on to know how to find the right surgeon. Women who intend to get pregnant again should not go for this surgery.
The first thing you can do is get a list of names. For that, you can get recommendations from your primary care doctor, relatives or friends. You can even go to Google and search for the names of plastic surgeons practicing in your area or near to it. Read the reviews and testimonials pertaining to a particular practitioner in order to get an idea whether he has the necessary level of skill, a pleasant bedside manner, ensures good results and so on.
If the surgery is not to be performed at a hospital but at a plastic surgery center, the center should preferably be an accredited one. The AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities) accreditation is considered a gold standard.
Short-list a couple of surgeons on the basis of proximity, number of positive reviews, specialization in tummy tuck surgery and frequency of performing it, and practice at an AAAASF accredited surgical facility. Schedule initial consultations with each of the short-listed doctors.
At the initial consultation, feel free to discuss your concerns and expectations from the procedure. Ask questions and see how the doctor responds to your questions. See how comfortable you are in communicating with the doctor. If you feel uncomfortable, it is better to settle for another plastic surgeon.
Ask for before and after photos pertaining to tummy tuck procedures that the plastic surgeon performed recently. As long as the photos are technically accurate, they will help you make the final choice.
Following your surgery and discharge, you should follow your surgeon’s instructions strictly to ensure a smooth recovery. Also be sure to follow a sensible diet and exercise routine to maintain your weight and therefore, the results too.
Take into consideration all of the above to ensure that the tummy tuck turns out to be very effective for you.

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