The Post Surgery Tummy Tucks is often thought of as a cosmetic surgery procedure. The truth, however, is that it is both major and majorly hygienic. It is one of the most successful surgeries performed today and serves many patients who would have otherwise been left with unsightly scars or lines on their stomach or abdomen.
In a post-surgical tummy tuck, the surgeon removes a large amount of excess skin from your stomach and makes cuts that open up your abdominal cavity so that they can make a new skin fold around your remaining abdominal muscles. There, the surgeon will make a pocket for your newly cut skin to expand.
If you've ever seen one of those plastic surgery pictures, where the skin just kind of hangs there, you'll understand the need for this process. If not, here's what happens:
First, when you cut off the excess skin, the new skin expands and begins to fill in the spaces between the lines and scars. This "folding" of the skin, known as "lipo foam" is an important part of how your new skin is formed and retains its elasticity.
Second, the "lipo foam" causes the skin to create a "double layer effect" around the stomach, creating new wrinkles, lines and even birthmarks. No, these things don't have anything to do with the surgeon!
Finally, if you've had a problem with your pectoralis muscle, this procedure can correct it by relaxing it and expanding the soft tissue under it. This also creates new lines, creases and small depressions all over your chest and shoulders.
The biggest reason I believe that a post-surgery tummy tuck is a major surgery, though, is because of the hygienic issues. Your skin heals very quickly, but to "free" it from scarring, fat, and leftover muscles, a permanent lipo foam wrap needs to be applied and maintained. You cannot keep taking the wraps off and on as you will break down the tighter skin over time.
Secondly, the skin heals through new blood vessels and nerves that are set to "appear" only on the scarred area of the body, but not on the surgical incisions that were used for the procedure. The plastic surgeon may also use a surgeon-made bandage or plastic bandage to close up the incisions, making sure that the final result is a seamless, perfectly smooth surface that looks as natural as possible.
These are not all the ways that you can mess up with using the right kit. They're just some of the ways that it's important to know about the potential complications, especially when you are working with sensitive skin.
Getting a post-surgery tummy tuck can mean life changing, no questions asked about changes in your appearance. The recovery period is typically long, but if you take your chances on something that isn't quite right, your physical and mental health may be at risk. There are other reasons to avoid a post-surgery tummy tuck, but as always, these reasons are more a matter of personal preference than true safety concerns.
Regarding the "peri-operative care" of the patient, patients are likely to choose a plastic surgeon that specializes in the operation and holds an NCI or National Board Certified (NBCC) degree. These surgeons often receive a lot of their training at the same facility as your general surgeon, so they may be able to provide you with the same services. Other "remedies" that may be used in the recovery period include drainage tubes, knee braces, vitamin supplementation, and ice packs.
When you are considering the price of a post-surgery tummy tuck, bear in mind that your surgeon will be charged extra for their expertise, as well as the time and care that it takes to perform such a procedure. You should find the best price based on the level of your recovery, the type of plastic surgery that you want, and the surgeon you choose.