What are the types of tummy tuck operations that are available?

A complete or full abdominoplasty is when the surgeon makes an incision that goes from one side of the hip to the other, slightly above your pubic hair. You will get a new belly button because the surgeon will take off a lot of skin from your abdomen. Aside from just getting rid of your skin the surgeon may get rid of some excess fat and tighten some of your abdominal muscles. This procedure can take up to 5 hours.

A mini tummy tuck is for those whose excess abdominal tissue is not too serious. Generally, the less body fat that you have, the greater chance there is that a mini tummy tuck is suitable for you. The incision made under this procedure is usually shorter and results in tissue removal between the belly button and the pubic hair. Exactly what the surgeon will do (tightening muscles, tightening skin, and/or getting rid of excess fat), depends on your situation. A partial tummy tuck can take up to 2 hours. The tummy tuck price for a mini tuck is usually less than a full tuck.

Often times, tummy tucks are combined with other forms of cosmetic surgery such as a liposuction or a breast lift (which gives your breasts a more pleasing shape).

What are the side effects of tummy tuck operations?

Swelling, bruising, and pain are common after the surgery. As such, you will likely be prescribed some sort of painkiller. There's also a good chance that you'll have numbness as some of the newly stretched skin does not have any nerve endings. Over time, you'll get feeling back in the abdominal area. You'll have to be resting a lot (especially if your abdominal muscles were tightened). Because our abdominal muscles are at the center of our gravity, we use them virtually all the time. You may also have fluids collecting underneath, which your surgeon may drain out. Aside from these short term side effects, there are some potential complications including infection, serious scarring, blood clots, bleeding, and poor healing. Some complications make for the need to get a second tummy tuck. To decrease the chance of complications and to lessen the pain following surgery you're going to want to religiously follow your surgeon's post-operation instructions. This would include not showering for about a week after the procedure.

A lot of women are afraid to get tummy tucks because of the potential for very visible scars. Talk to your surgeon to see what he or she may do for you in regards to this matter. Your surgeon may give you a compression garment to help support your abdominal area following surgery. It can take up to half a year for you to start feeling 100% and about a month for you to get back to day to day activities such as exercising and working. It can take up to 2 years for your scars to be diminished. However, because the incisions are often made just above the pubic area, your scar may not be visible when you are wearing a bathing suit, for example.

You want to make sure that your tummy tuck surgery is not wasted. If the abdominoplasty was needed because of a recent weight loss, you have to make sure that you keep the weight off. Because a tummy tuck is not cheap, you are essentially throwing away thousands of dollars if you start going back to your old habits. If you are a woman and expect to get pregnant in the future it is best to avoid a tummy tuck because your abdominal muscles and skin will stretch during your pregnancy.

You want to make sure that you are dealing with a surgeon who is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If you want that best tummy tuck surgeon you're going to have to do the work yourself because there is no "top 10 list". You have to use your own intuition.