Abdominoplasty, popularly referred to as a tummy tuck, is among the most common of plastic surgery procedures. If you are considering a tummy tuck you probably have a few questions you’d like answered before you make up your mind. With more than 40 years experience in minimally-invasive approaches to body sculpting, the highly skilled surgeons at Boulder Plastic Surgery, a leading plastic surgery center near Denver, know that the answers to a few of these questions will most likely vary, according to each individual. However there are some very basic, frequently asked questions that apply to anyone considering abdominoplasty.
Will There Be Scars?
Since the incision is commonly made at the bikini line, it can usually be covered by most bathing suits. While the healing process is different according to each individual patient, you can generally expect the scar to be most noticeable for the first few weeks after the procedure, fading eventually over time.
How Long Will a Tummy Tuck Last?
Abdominoplasty will last for as long as you want it to. The process involves removing fat to sculpt a more slim waistline. It is not a temporary procedure, but it will be up to the individual patient to exercise, and keep to a healthy diet, in order to maintain the proper weight. The majority of plastic surgeons advise women not to undergo the procedure if they are planning on having children, since pregnancy will cause them to put on more weight.
Are There Health Risks?
It is extremely rare for there to be any complications arising from a tummy tuck. However, complications can occasionally occur. One of the most common is infection, which is a risk that is inherent with any surgical procedure. If you carefully follow the recovery steps as outlined by your plastic surgeon, and immediately report any redness or irritation, you should be able to prevent infection.
An abdominoplasty rearranges body tissue, and the process sometimes results in necrosis, which is death of the tissue. This is usually in small, non-threatening areas, but if a large amount of tissue death is apparent, a second procedure may be warranted to remove it.
Blood clotting is another rare occurrence. While most of the time blood clots are not life-threatening, if they appear in certain areas of the body emergency surgery may be required.
Learn More Today
The best advice if you are considering a tummy tuck is to talk it over with your plastic surgeon and get direct answers to your specific concerns. Contact us at Boulder Plastic Surgery and set up an appointment where we can answer all of your questions today. We are conveniently located at 2525 4th Street, between Concord and Maxwell Avenues, in Boulder CO, just a short drive from Denver, Louisville, and Broomfield. Our friendly, caring staff is looking forward to meeting you today!