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Tummy tuck and liposuction

Tummy tuck is necessary in case of deformation of the abdominal wall after pregnancy. The abdominal wall of some women after pregnancy does not return to the primary position, the so-called diastasis of white line occurs and abdominal rectus muscles grow in the distance. The skin may become flabby, stretch marks and deformation of “fat pocket” may occur. Physical exercises cannot help the woman to restore it to the previous condition.

It is possible to remove the deformation of “fat pocket” through surgery by detaching the skin with underlying tissues from the abdominal wall, eliminate the diastasis by bringing the muscles together and tightening the skin from the navel to the pubic area. This helps to remove not only the flabby skin, but also to restore the abdominal muscles to the primary position and accentuate the waist line.

Liposuction is a common procedure during the tummy tuck, when excess fat is removed from the sides. It can also be performed alone. During this procedure fat deposits are removed from certain body areas – chin, abdomen, external surfaces of hips, etc.

The procedure involves making small incisions, then inserting tubes, administering medications and removing the medications with the fat cells by means of special device. After the surgery the patient spends a day in the hospital because of fluid, which may accumulate on the wounds. Later on, the small incisions are covered with self-adhesive bandages and the patient is permitted to go home.

A week after the surgery it is permitted to return to work, but physical exercise should be avoided for atleast one month. To speed the recovery time you will need to wear a compression garment (it helps to strengthen the new abdominal shape), lie in a semisitting position, and bend the legs at the knees and hips. This helps to reduce tension in the abdominal wall. The scars will whiten and become small in time.

Nevertheless, liposuction is not suitable for all cases. First of all, the patient is advised to consult with a nutritionist or surgeon, who performs gastric restriction surgeries, and finally he is also recommended to make lifestyle changes, for example increasing physical activity.

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