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Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasties, are becoming more and more popular among people who are looking to sculpt their figures and get a flatter abdomen. They are helpful not just for improving how people look and getting them a bit more self-esteem, but also for helping people to feel more comfortable with their bodies so that they can exercise more and improve their overall health.

Who Can Have a Tummy Tuck?

Most people who are generally healthy can have a tummy tuck, if it is needed. Not everyone really needs a tummy tuck though. The idea behind the procedure is that it tightens up the loose skin that you have around your tummy. It is popular amongst people who have been overweight or obese and then lost a lot of weight over a relatively short space of time. It is also popular among those who have been pregnant and who ended up with loose skin and separated muscles because of the pregnancy.

People who have only a little loose skin, or who ave some stubborn abdominal fat that they would like removed, but who are close to their ideal weight, will find that many doctors won’t want to recommend a tummy tuck. Rather, they will suggest other forms of surgery that are less likely to leave a long scar. Endoscopic abdominoplasty, for example, is a much lower risk procedure that results in only a very small scar.

Are Tummy Tucks Painful?

Tummy tucks used to be quite a painful operation, but that is not really the case any more because advances in surgery techniques have made most surgical techniques safer and less painful. Today, patients can use pain pumps to push local anesthetic into the area that needs it the most, and there are longer lasting anesthetics that can help to control pain more effectively as well. Because you are relying less on narcotics, this makes the surgery far less risky, and means that post surgery people can move around more easily too.

How Quickly Can You Recover?

How quickly you will recover from abdominoplasty in Las Vegas depends on whether you’re just getting some loose skin trimmed or whether you’re getting the muscles repaired. A full tummy tuck takes a little bit longer to recover from. The first thing you need to think about is how long it takes for the pain to subside when you’re just doing light, day to day tasks. Most people find that they can stop taking narcotics after about a week, so they can go back to driving then. They are often able to sit up and work on a laptop or in a very comfortable chair after just a few days, but they will still be relatively housebound. It takes six to eight weeks for a complete recovery from a full tummy tuck.

Trimming of skin, without really doing anything invasive to the muscles, takes less time to heal, but it is still something that will need rest.

Is a Tummy Tuck Long Lasting?

If you are able to keep your weight stable, then a tummy tuck will last ‘forever’. It is normal for your skin to sag a little as you age, and that is not something that a tummy tuck will prevent. However you will find that the tummy tuck will restore your body to a certain level and those results will remain.

Can You Have Other Surgeries At The Same Time?

Many women opt to have both a tummy tuck and a breast lift at the same time, after childbirth. This offers them a convenient way to get their bodies back and restore their confidence.

Will a Tummy Tuck Hide Stretch Marks?

A tummy tuck will hide stretch marks, because it removes most of the skin that covers the lower abdomen, taking the marks with it. The lower abdomen is one of the areas that is more vulnerable to stretch marks. If you have stretch marks outside of that area, then the tummy tuck won’t make any difference to those, unfortunately, so you will have to try creams or laser treatments to get rid of those.

Who Can Do Tummy Tucks?

The tummy tuck is a relatively routine procedure, but it is still a surgical procedure so it should only be performed by a qualified professional. It is unlikely that a tummy tuck would be covered by insurance, because it is something that is more cosmetic than medically necessary, but you may still want to talk to your provider and see if they can recommend a surgeon. Some people travel to get affordable surgery. This can be a good option if you pick a reputable surgeon, but you should take a lot of care when doing your homework. As with any surgery there is a risk of infection, or side effects from the anesthetic.