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The process of aging doesn't help matters-baby boomers have for years been turning to the tummy tuck as a last resort in the battle of the bulge. Keep in mind that a tummy tuck does not necessarily remove fat from the body-although the procedure can be accompanied by liposuction. Abdominoplasty is instead a reshaping procedure that does not always alter body composition. Tummy tucks are used to address excess skin and muscle fibers that have been stretched too far and remain loose even after weight loss has occurred. In most instances, patients will have achieved their target weight prior to undergoing the procedure.
A tummy tuck will be more or less invasive depending on the extent of the stretched area. In a best-case scenario, the surgery can be performed through a small incision, although most people will require a full tummy tuck, which involves a large and small incision. In such instances, the larger incision goes across the width of the waist, and is strategically placed so that the scar will almost always be hidden by underwear or bathing suits. The entire abdominal wall is then exposed, and the muscle fibers are sutured tighter together while a flap of excess skin is cut away. Despite the large area of the body involved, scarring is usually no more cosmetically serious than ordinary stretch marks. While permanent, it is often not prominent.
The initial recovery may in some instances require a hospital stay of a few days or more. Long-term recovery, however, requires a period of reduced activity and the possible use of support garments. It may take months to achieve the desired cosmetic effect as the tummy-tuck incisions result in weeks of swelling and discoloration-so plan your procedure accordingly (don't schedule a May tummy-tuck and expect a summer body!). Results depend on your individual body, the skill of the surgeon (be sure to check tummy-tuck ratings), and how well you follow the post-surgery instructions. Bear in mind that additional procedures may be necessary to address scarring or other complications.
Plastic surgery tummy-tuck reviews
We live in the age of second opinions-and various online resources make it easier than ever to get lots of different tummy-tuck ratings for local clinics. Take advantage of this transparency to get lots of questions answered even before your initial consultation. Remember that even independent tummy-tuck reviews can be subjective: always trust your gut-if your early meetings with a possible surgeon leave you feeling uncomfortable, keep shopping. Because of the relatively long recovery period for abdominoplasty procedures you'll want to give special attention to reviews written several months after the surgery-these ratings will be better indicators of other patients' overall opinion of a clinic, including the clinic's quality of follow-up care.
Plastic surgeons are aware that their patients may have trouble paying
all at once, and will commonly set up payment plans and offer financing.
The cost of a tummy-tuck can go up dramatically depending on the financing
terms. Just as when you selected your surgeon, shop around and explore
other financing options, including lenders who specialize in plastic surgery
financing. By selecting a University health center, you may be able to
reduce the price of abdominoplasty. How much is a tummy tuck at UCLA compared
to a private clinic? The price difference can be dramatic, and that's
an opportunity for you to get a discount. Additionally, many people seeking
adominoplasty procedures wait until coupons and other discounts are offered
before going forward. Be wary of extremely deep discounts, and don't be
afraid to check the credentials of surgeons at clinics that are offering
unusually low prices for their procedures.
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