How Long Does The Tightness Last After A Tummy Tuck
Tight – What does that mean? Is there anything you can do about it? How long will it hurt after your surgery? Will I be able to bend over without getting my stomach stuck on the floor?
These are all questions we hear when someone mentions having a tummy tuck procedure done. Many people associate these feelings with an unhealthy lifestyle and worry that they have given themselves away by eating too much or exercising too little. But the truth of the matter is that many women simply carry extra fat around their midsections, which puts pressure on internal organs and creates health risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more serious conditions like hernias. Women who suffer from obesity also tend to experience back pain, chronic fatigue, and other discomforts associated with carrying excess weight. It’s no wonder then that many choose to undergo surgical removal of unwanted fat through various forms of liposuction.
When discussing how often patients want to get their abdomens tightened, most patients state that they don’t mind if the results are not permanent; however, some still feel strongly about wanting a tighter abdomen for aesthetic reasons. With this said, one thing that is true is that a patient should know what to expect during the post-operative period. Although the tight feeling seem alarming, it is a natural part of the healing process. Patients should expect this to last anywhere from six to twelve weeks following their tummy tuck procedure, but it may take up to a year to regain normal sensory function in the abdominal area.
In addition to the physical discomfort that comes along with being overweight, many women are bothered emotionally because they feel self-conscious about their appearance. This leads them to avoid social gatherings where they might run into potential suitors, and makes them less likely to exercise at the gym. Some even consider having a tummy tuck so that they can look good in bathing suits and swimsuits. Whatever the reason, many women decide to go ahead with the operation to make their bodies appear slimmer, healthier, and more attractive.
A tummy tuck procedure involves removing skin and fat deposits located between the navel and the rib cage. In general, female surgeons remove small amounts of tissue until they reach the desired result. Once the amount of fat has been removed, the remaining stretch marks are then stapled together using absorbable sutures (or staples), and the skin is pulled tightly against the underlying muscle structure. Surgeons typically use either vertical rectus abdominus internus strips (also known as “tummy tape”) or “traditional” transverse abdominis anchoring technique. These techniques tighten the muscles surrounding the belly button while pulling the upper body inward.
The length of time necessary for recovery varies greatly depending upon the type of tummy tuck performed, the individual patient’s age and overall health condition, and the skill level of the surgeon performing the operation. Most patients begin sitting up in bed within three days of surgery, but some require additional assistance. Swelling begins to subside two to three days after surgery, and the stitches or staples used to close the incisions are usually removed 10 to 14 days following the procedure. As mentioned previously, some patients need longer than others to fully recover.
If you’re considering having a tummy tuck, discuss your expectations with your surgeon prior to making any final decisions regarding treatment. He/she should be able to answer any questions you might have about the treatment plan and can provide references from other patients who have undergone similar procedures. Keep in mind that every woman’s body is different, so your own personal needs and requirements must always come first before anyone else’s wishes. If you have never had a full hysterectomy and would like to retain your fertility, ask your doctor whether you might benefit from having a vaginal rejuvenation procedure instead. Vaginal tightening procedures are becoming increasingly popular among younger women, since they allow patients to enjoy sex once again. Finally, talk to your plastic surgeon about any concerns you might have about achieving a better figure, and he should be willing to address those issues specifically.
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