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Tummy Tuck – Get Your Abdominal Wall Tightened for a Flat Belly

Tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can give you a flat and firm abdomen if exercise and healthy eating are not giving you a youthful flat abdomen. Both men and women, in general, good health can have a tummy tuck. In the surgery, excess skin and fat that have remained after weight loss or pregnancy are removed. Lax muscles from pregnancy are also tightened. This procedure can be safely performed by a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Abdominoplasty is performed at Body by Bloch, a state of the art surgical facility in the Chicago metro area and that is owned by Dr. Bloch. The doctor is board-certified and performs a wide range of cosmetic procedures. Many of his tummy tuck patients are satisfied with their surgery. To book an appointment at his facility, go here

Abdominoplasty procedure

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 to 5 hours depending on your condition. The cosmetic surgery can safely be performed at a hospital or in an accredited surgical center with well-trained staff. The first step in abdominoplasty procedure is the admission of anesthesia. Next, your surgeon makes a long incision from one hip to the other one just above your pubic hairline. Fat tissue that bulges out when you are dressed is excised or removed with liposuction. To create a firm ab, loose ab muscles are brought together and tightened with sutures. Dr. Bloch will give you a sleek waistline by tightening your skin and excising the extra. The skin tightening process may necessitate relocation of your navel to a more natural-looking position. After all is complete, your incision will be sutured and bandaged with a firm, elastic gauze. You will most probably have drains placed beneath your skin to drain out excess fluids.

Taking care of yourself after surgery

Whether you’re having a partial or complete tummy tuck, your incision site will be stitched and bandaged. It’s very important that you follow all your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for the bandage in the days following surgery. The bandage used will be a firm, elastic band that promotes proper healing. Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to position best yourself while sitting or lying down to help ease the pain.

If you are an exceptionally physically active person, you will have to limit severely strenuous exercise for at least six weeks. Your doctor will advise you on this as you go through the process. You may need to take up to one month off of work after the surgery to ensure proper recovery. Again, your doctor will help you determine this based on your personal situation.

Return to Living

Most people love the new look after they’ve undergone this procedure. However, you may not feel like your normal self for months after the surgery. You’ve gone through a tremendous amount to make this happen, both emotionally and physically, and it’s very important that you follow a proper diet and exercise to maintain your new look.

Does tummy tuck has any side effects?

Tummy Tuck has risks and complications just like any other cosmetic surgery. Dr. Bloch will discuss this with your during your consultation. From the discussion, you will understand the benefits of the surgery and decide whether the risks are acceptable before signing the consent forms for the procedure.

Possible abdominoplasty risks include:

Following the post-operative instructions of your board-certified plastic surgeon will prevent the occurrence of most of these risks.

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