Information about Abdominoplasty
Is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening of the abdominal muscles (called also tummy tuck). It is not usually need for health reasons, but a cosmetic surgery. In most cases restores weakened or separated muscle, creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
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Yes, pregnancy should not be a problem after a tummy tuck, even when the muscle has been repaired. The tissues will always stretch to accommodate the growing baby. After the pregnancy, the tummy may or may not shrink back to how it was before. Sometimes a small tightening may be necessary afterwards.
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Scar can't be removed but the appearance can be improved. Wound healing is usually complete after 6-9 months but subtle changes can occur long after that. In the first months after surgery it is advisable to massage scars using moisturiser. Silicone sheets can prevent unfavourable scarring to some degree. After about 6-9 months some prominent scars benefit from local steroid injections or silicone sheets. Failing that or for major problem scars, re-operating (=scar revision) can improve the appearance in some cases.
It is a very individual process. I performed an abdominoplasty and breast reduction on a 68 year lady last week, no drains, went home the day after and who is back to almost normal activity 10 days later and able to drive with normal posture. I have other patients that have struggle to gain normal posture by 2 weeks who are much younger. At the end of the day it depends on how fit and well you are to start, what is being done and how you recover from operations. For patients who are anxious it is best to talk to previous patients and maybe you should ask your surgeon to put you in touch with previous patients so that you can get more of an idea first hand.
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