There are numerous factors which help determine our waist size. For some of us, those days of size 2 jeans and bikinis went out the door when we had children. For other, we have struggled all our life to trim our waistline. Time, age, and environmental factors can rob us of the figure we are more comfortable with and leave us with a very stubborn waistline that won’t seem to firm up no matter what we do.
Some of us choose to remedy the situation with what we consider to be a quick little tummy tuck. Tummy tucks are in fact medical procedures, and while many people are quite happy with the results, patients who understand the mechanics and expectations after the procedure are more likely to fair much better afterward.
All surgery, including cosmetic surgery, comes with its share of risks. Anesthesia does occasionally throw out a few unexpected complications. However, when we weigh the risks against the benefits, most people feel the risks are small enough to accept. Cosmetic surgery will require ample recovery time.
The recovery times for cosmetic surgery various with each procedure. Obviously a tummy tuck will be more initially restricting than a nose job, although most people can return to work within about two to three weeks. People with more physically demanding jobs may require an extra week or two at home.
The tummy tuck is a medical procedure that requires cautious movement in recovery and ample understanding of the restrictions imposed for recovery prior to going through with this particular cosmetic procedure.
The tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that is based on surgically tightening up the abdominal muscles in order to slim down the waistline. You are essentially “tucking” the unwanted body layers underneath itself much the same way we fold clothes. Naturally it’s a little more complicated than that, but you get the idea.
When a cosmetic surgeon begins the tummy tuck process, he makes two incisions. One along the hip bone around the pubic area and the other releases the belly button so it can be reattached in a new position later. The skin is then separated from the torso in order to reveal the muscle underneath. This is where the heart of the tummy tuck occurs. This exposed abdominal muscle is what the surgeon will the stitch into a tighter, reshaped waistline. By tightening up the muscle and actually stitching it in place, new definition to the lower abdomen if formed and the results are typically a smaller waistline.
The description of the tummy tuck may not sound pleasant, but it is important for patients to understand what is happening to their body so they can recover accordingly. Understanding the procedure prepares patients better and they often have shorter recovery time because they don’t try to take on too much too early.
Recovering from the Tummy Tuck
Recovering from any cosmetic procedure can be a timely process. It is still surgery after all. Tummy tucks take a fair amount of recovery time and absolutely a time frame that does not allow the patient to lift or carry. The first few days after surgery are the roughest, and the patient must experience the discomfort of the natural bruising and swelling that occurs when the body is rearranged.
Typically it only takes about five day for the incisions to heal after surgery and the stitches are removed. This does not mean, however, that the patient can then return to anything resembling normal activities. There is still a lot of healing to be done after this type of cosmetic procedure.
The patient will be required to wear a support specifically designed for post tummy tuck recovery time to help the muscles adjust and stay in place, as well as to protect the new waistline from harm while it heals. Most patients report that the support also relieves pain initially as it helps to hold everything in the abdomen in place and relieves stress.
The tummy tuck does leave scars. Most cosmetic procedures will leave minimal scarring, and while the tummy tuck is no different it can take anywhere from nine to twelve months before the scarring has reduced enough to show off the new waistline.