Life leads all of us down a road of ruin for our midsections. Things we do not want to droop go ahead and droop. Things that were once flat, now have definite rolling waves. This last problem is known as the every expanding belly and evidence of it can be found in increased pant sizes. With plastic surgery, we can turn time back on this particular problem.
One of the more popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons is the belly tuck. Often referred to as a tummy tuck, the procedure will have you pulling out those old jeans and bathing suits you saved for years on the chance you would lose some weight naturally.
The procedure is designed to accomplish three things. Obviously, the removal of excess fat is the primary goal. Skin, however, may also be removed to get that tight look following the procedure. Finally, most procedures will also focus on tightening up the abdominal muscles a bit to support that new flat stomach look you are after. The procedure takes two to five hours depending on what needs to be done. It can be done under general or local anesthesia.
Following the procedure, your recovery period will depend entirely upon the specific circumstances of your original condition, and you should speak with your surgeon regarding these. In general, you can expect swelling, bruising, and soreness as the body pushes blood into the area to help the healing. You should expect to spend a couple of weeks off work, although you should follow the specific instructions of your surgeon. The actual fading of the scars from the procedure will take a few months as your body proceeds through the healing process.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with getting a flat stomach. Your surgeon can explain these to you in detail when he or she obtains your informed consent for the procedure.
While a stressful life and eating on the run can ruin your midsection, you can fight back. A tuck procedure will have you smiling and wearing those favorite old jeans.