Tummy Tuck
If you are considering abdominoplasty...

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck”, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
The main keys of this procedure are the scars which are located in the same area as the caesarian ones, although it is longer. Even so, taking the necessary care after the surgery, they may almost disappear under small bikinis to go swimming.

Are you an appropriate candidate?

This procedure may help women who already had kids are natural candidates. These women had their abdominal muscles stretched and they may be corrected.
Men can also be appropriate candidates mainly after losing a lot of weight to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
This procedure can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. It is essential to discuss all your expectations and make every detail clear with your surgeon before deciding to have this surgery.

Planning your surgery

At your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, carefully assess your skin tone and other relevant issues.
It is important to inform if you smoke, if you are taking any medications, vitamins or other drugs.
Liposuction may also be an alternative to be performed with the abdominoplasty.
Therefore, you will have the most appropriate proposal recommended by your surgeon in order to have your expectations come the closest to producing the desired body contour.

The surgery

The selected anesthesia may be general or local, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. To be previously sedated may make you more comfortable and you will wake up only when you are back to the hospital room.
This procedure begins by an incision following the previous marks done on your abdomen.
Therefore, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline. The extra skin is removed. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressing will be applied and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid, if necessary.

Preparing for your surgery

You will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for this surgery. Your guidelines will include when and what to eat or not, stop taking or avoiding some drugs, vitamins. Stop to smoke at least two weeks before your surgery and not to resume for at least two weeks after it. These cautions are essential to reduce eventual risks.
Avoid overexposure to the sun, especially to your abdomen, and not to go on a stringent diet before the surgery as both can inhibit your ability to heal. If by any chance you catch a cold or any other kind of infection before your surgery, it may be postponed by your surgeon till you feel well again.

After your surgery

You may be released from hospital on the day after your surgery or in two or three days. Your doctor will give you instructions for showering, changing your dressings and medication to be taken.
For the first few days, you are likely to feel some pain and discomfort that can be controlled by medication. Although you may not be able to stand straight at first so you may reduce the tension on the scar, you should start walking as soon as possible.
You may return to driving and to work in 15 days, if everything goes on the right track and if your work does not demand a great physical effort. Physical activities will be permitted gradually, following your surgeon’s schedule and guidelines.

Your new look

Abdominoplasty produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or skin and fat excess. The results are long lasting, if you exercise regularly and follow a balanced diet.



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Room 93
São Paulo, SP
Phone: +55 11 3285-3432

252, Salgado Filho, Avenue
Room 109
São Paulo, SP
+55 11 2600-9275
+55 11 2600-9290
e-mail: dr.lourenco@uol.com.br

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