Different Strokes for Different Folks: Tummy Tucks

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Till recent years, liposuction was probably one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. Most A-list celebrities swear by liposuction surgery. Technology continues to advance, with some most liposuction procedures lasting as little as an hour to complete. Unfortunately, not everyone will benefit from liposuction, with certain restrictions on treatment procedures. Luckily, there are other great treatments that yield similar results of liposuction, one being Tummy Tuck Surgery.

Minimally invasive liposuction treatments such as VASER Lipo and MicroLipo are aimed at reducing pockets of fat, with the option of transferring this fat to other regions of the body (namely the face, hands, breasts and buttock regions).The Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is not only efficient at removing excess fat, but also restores sagging folds of skin that lack elasticity and cannot be treated with Liposuction alone.

  • Minimally invasive liposuction is not for everyone: Patients with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 30 usually aren’t suitable candidates for minimally invasive liposuction, and may need to seek Tummy Tuck surgery as a more suitable treatment.

  • The Procedure: There are two types of procedures for tummy tucks; the Full Abdominoplasty and the Mini Abdominoplasty. Under general anaesthetic, an incision is made on the abdomen (with the size of the incision correlating to the type of tummy tuck performed) and stretched muscles are pulled together and stitched. Excess fat and skin is removed, and the incisions are stitched up.

  • The ideal candidate: Potential patients that seek the Full Abdominoplasty should demonstrate excess fat, but poor muscle tone. Patients for the Mini Abdominoplasty should illustrate good muscle tone, but excess skin on the stomach.

  • Downtime: Post-surgery requirements for downtime are typically a couple of weeks and exercise/strenuous activity is strongly unadvised. Swelling and bruising is normal, which will eventually fade during recovery. Patients are usually required for two-night hospital stay, and are discharged with a full course of antibiotics and an abdominal support garment.

  • Realistic Expectations: It is essential that patients have realistic expectations when deciding on treatments, be it liposuction or Tummy Tucks. These should never be seen as a weight-loss or obesity solution, and should serve as a compliment to a healthy lifestyle. Most things in life are not permanent, and patients should continue to exercise and maintain a balanced diet after surgery for lasting results.
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London Plastic Surgeon