How Does a Tummy Tuck Procedure Work?
How Does a Tummy Tuck Procedure Work?
Patients considering a tummy tuck procedure are often left with some questions. It is important that these questions are answered before a liposuction or lipo tummy tuck, so the Dr Lanzer Clinic aims to provide as much information as possible to patients. If you have been curious about the process involved with a lipo tummy tuck, please read the information provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic below.
What Does a Surgeon Do During a Lipo Tummy Tuck?
During a lipo tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, the surgeon can remove excess fat and loose skin. He can also tighten the abdominal muscles, which could result in a flatter, firmer and more athletic abdomen. Most patients having this procedure tend to have undergone significant weight loss, leaving them with sagging skin. Some patients also suffer from back pain due to separated abdominal muscles. Of course, results vary from patient to patient, but also by the techniques used by the cosmetic surgeon and the amount of fatty tissue removed.
Depending on the needs of the patient during the cosmetic procedure, the surgeon could execute a partial lipo tummy tuck or a full lipo tummy tuck on the abdominal area. Naturally, the techniques used to execute a partial tummy tuck are different from a full liposuction tummy tuck.
The liposuction tuck always starts with a tumescent liposuction. Dr Lanzer has performed thousands of these liposuction operations and believes it makes the next step of the tuck much easier.
During a partial liposuction tummy tuck, the surgeon will make a large incision along the abdomen. Then, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall, right below the belly button; this allows the surgeon to get easier access to the fat. Then, the fat is removed and excess skin is cut away and the remaining skin pulled together.
A full tummy tuck happens somewhat similar, but there are some minor differences. Firstly, the surgeon makes an incision across the lower abdomen, right above the pubic area. The surgeon also makes a second incision to remove the belly button from its surrounding tissue. Then, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall and excess fat and sagging skin are removed. Then, the surgeon cuts a new hole for the belly button and stitches it back into place. Lastly, the remaining skin is pulled together and stitched into place.
Please note that a cosmetic surgeon will not remove stretch marks during this procedure. While the surgeon can perform some reconstructive techniques such as restoring the abdominal muscles, stretch marks must be tackled with another separate procedure (this is usually a non-surgical dermatological treatment).
What Should I Know About the Recovery from a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
The recovery from a tummy tuck procedure is different for everyone, because the recovery depends on the techniques used by the surgeon and the speed in which the patient heals. Therefore, be sure to take plenty of time to recover during your recovery.
Before you have your procedure, it is recommended to prepare your home for the recovery. It is also recommended to read through all the information that has been given to you by the clinic, since it can be a lot to remember at the time.
Discover Tummy Tuck Procedure Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for tummy tuck procedure. A consultation will be both with himself and then with his fully qualified nurses. Dr Lanzer also has personal assistants who are happy to discuss the tummy tuck cost over the telephone or via the internet.
If you’re looking to remove fat from your tummy, get a free consultation at the Tummy Tuck clinic with Dr Lanzer.
How Do I Prepare My Home for the Recovery?
Preparing your home for your recovery is a smart idea, because you are going to need some rest as soon as you come back from our clinic. The main things to consider when preparing your home for your recovery are convenience, comfort and hygiene.
Before you leave for your procedure, make sure that the bed you will be resting in has fresh sheets and pillows. Even though the treatment area will be wrapped in bandages or compression garments, dirty sheets and pillows do increase the chances of complications such as infection. Therefore, make sure your bed and your home are hygienic before you leave.
If you intend to rest on the sofa too, make sure to give the sofa a clean before you go for your procedure. You can hoover the sofa to make sure there is not any dirt present on it, but there are also anti-bacterial sprays that could eliminate bacteria from the area and make it safer for you during your recovery.
What Side-Effects Can I Expect During My Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?
Shortly after a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty
Even though these side-effects are a part of your recovery, it is important to keep a good eye on side-effects and how they are developing. If you notice something unusual during your recovery, it is essential to call your surgeon immediately for some advice or an emergency appointment. Even if it is nothing, it is better to be safe than sorry.
What Should I Look Out for During My Recovery?
As we mentioned briefly earlier, potential risks and complications are always a possibility after surgery. Even though cosmetic surgery aim to keep procedures and recovery time as safe as possible for patients, there is never a guarantee that nothing will go wrong. Therefore, we advise patients to look out for complications during their recovery.
There are some things that could go wrong during the recovery process after a tummy tuck; this includes thick scarring, bulges underneath the skin, extra skin at the edges of a scar, wounds not healing, fluid accumulation, blood accumulation, constant numbness, cramping and breathing problems. If you notice any of these problems, please contact your surgeon for an appointment immediately.
Even though rare, every surgical procedure can lead to more serious complications. These complications could include excessive bleeding, the formation of a blood clot, infection and an allergic reaction to anaesthetics. If you believe you might be suffering from any of these complications, contact Dr Lanzer on the pager. If that for some unusual reason does not work, then head to your nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
Patients who received a general anaesthetic from an anaesthetist during their tummy tuck surgery or mini tummy tuck should always refrain from making important decisions for at least 24-hours after the procedure. Since anaesthetic can influence your decision-making processes after a full abdominoplasty or body contouring procedure, it is best to hold off until the anaesthetic has worn off.
Once the anaesthetic wears off, it is not uncommon to experience some discomfort. Any discomfort post-procedure can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, your cosmetic surgeon can also prescribe some pain medication to help you with discomfort after the treatment.
It is also important to avoid strenuous physical activity after major surgery, this since strenuous exercise can cause complications before you are fully healed up.
Surgeons and clinics will do their best to inform patients about possible complications and how to spot them early, just like what would happen in a hospital before a medical procedure. Therefore, it is essential to read the information you are given before the procedure, so you can react appropriately and quickly once you’ve had your tummy tuck.
To keep your results maintained after your procedure, it is vital to maintain a stable weight. Weight gain could influence the results of your procedure, so it is best to enjoy a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.
Where Can I Find More Information About the Lipo Tummy Tuck?
The Dr Lanzer Clinic website has several information pages about the lipo tummy tuck, where you can find more details about this procedure and its aftercare. However, patients can also make an appointment at the Dr Lanzer Clinic and get some information that applies to them. Alternatively, patients can request more information about a certain procedure via telephone or email.
New patients at The Dr Lanzer Clinic can also benefit from a free no-obligation appointment. During this appointment, you can learn more about the procedure, but also find out if your procedure could be subject to a medicare or health insurance rebate. Your cosmetic surgeon can also provide an accurate quote for your treatment.