Now in a lot of cases there are set procedures that are for just about anyone such as breast augmentation, rhytidectomy, lip augmentation and rhinoplasty. But for the most part abdominoplasty also known as tummy tucks are usually for older women but also can be for younger women as well. But how safe is this? How much does it cost? And more importantly does it help? Well in any situation involving surgery, it doesn't matter if its brain surgery, or some sort of an augmentation, there are always going to be risks. However, if you listen to the suggestions your doctor gives you for the risk preventives, you really should be okay. Also, each cosmetic procedure has its risks and high risks. For example, for breast augmentation there are a lot of risk factors including but not limited to, bacteria, job not done right, side effects, etc. Abdominoplasty on the other hand has fewer risks, and most of the risks happen very rarely.
For those curious about what an Abdominoplasty is or requires; by definition the Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose tissues after pregnancy or individuals with sagging after major weight loss. It is also a frequent surgery for Triad Syndrome later in life. There are also different types of Abdominoplasty such as complete, partial, extended and combination. Each one requires different surgical steps, has different costs, and has different recovery times.
Complete abdominoplasty is normally offered to patients who have large excess amounts of fat deposits both in the lower and middle abdominal area, very loose skin and lax muscles of the abdominal wall.
The surgery procedure known as partial or mini-abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), can be executed under local and will last somewhere around 1-2 hours. As the name mini-tummy tuck suggests, it is a less extensive operation than complete abdominoplasty, with fewer risks, smaller incision-scars and shorter recovery time, although the results on loose skin and abdominal muscle tightening are less impressive.
An extended abdominoplasty is a complete abdominoplasty with extensions into the thighs (front) and/or flanks.
Combination abdominoplasty is a component of a lower body lift and can be combined with liposuction contouring, breast reduction, breast lift, or occasionally hysterectomy, depending on the reason for the hysterectomy.
Of course like I mentioned above, each of these procedures has its own recovery time and depends on the surgical techniques used during the procedure, as well as other factors. It is important to follow the directions your doctor gives you, if you don't follow the directions he gives you, you could seriously compromise the surgeries intended purpose! And lastly, the cost of a tummy tuck varies from location to location, and the cost of the procedure depends on age of the patient, weight of patient, and most importantly their state of health! In the United States, this procedure costs around $4,000 on up to $20,000. You also have to factor in that these prices aren't just for a simple tummy tuck but for post-operative care, fees, anesthesia, medications, etc.
Unfortunately as with life, there are no guarantees this will or won't work for you. However, there are several million websites you can visit online to see if this is the right procedure for you, there are also several e-books available online that can answer any question or concern you may have about this subject. Some of these e-books are even written under a Doctors guide to Abdominoplasty, so it's not just someone writing a hack job tummy tuck book. This is real, genuine work. Take a look at some of these products the next time you are poking around for information!
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