What are Tummy Tucks & Body Lifts?
Tummy tucks and body lifts are surgical procedures that are typically performed on individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. These procedures are designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and other areas of the body, resulting in a smoother, more toned appearance.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, while also tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Body lift, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive procedure that targets multiple areas of the body. For minor instances of skin laxity, Renuvion or BodyTite may be a better, less invasive alternative.
In general, a tummy tuck can take anywhere from two to five hours to complete, while a body lift can take four to eight hours or more, depending on the areas being treated.
Patients can expect to take at least two weeks off from work and other daily activities, and should avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery.
Both tummy tuck and body lift surgeries are typically performed under general anesthesia. General anesthesia is a type of anesthesia that causes the patient to be completely unconscious.
Benefits of Tummy Tucks & Body Lifts
Who Qualifies for Tummy Tucks & Body Lifts?
Good candidates for tummy tuck and body lift surgery generally have the following characteristics: they should be in good overall health and free of any serious medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications during surgery or recovery. They should be at or near their ideal body weight before undergoing surgery, and should be committed to maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise after the surgery. Tummy tuck and body lift surgery are designed to remove excess skin and fat, so patients should have significant amounts of both in the targeted areas.
Smoking can increase the risk of complications during surgery and slow down the healing process, so patients should be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery. It’s important for patients to discuss their individual needs and goals with a board-certified plastic surgeon, who can evaluate their candidacy for tummy tuck or body lift surgery and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.
How to Prepare for Tummy Tucks & Body Lifts?
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