Tummy tucks and lower body lifts are two popular types of cosmetic surgery, which target the stomach, waist, buttocks, and thighs. Both procedures are designed to enhance the look and feel of the lower body, eliminating surplus skin and fat to provide a tighter, more attractive physique.
The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as “the tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure designed to improve the form and appearance of the abdomen. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, as well as the tightening of the abdominal muscles, resulting in a midsection that is contoured and firm. Surgery time for an abdominoplasty is generally between one and five hours, depending on the extent of the planned operation.
A full abdominoplasty (sometimes called a “complete abdominoplasty”) begins with a hip-to-hip incision across the pelvis. This allows the cosmetic surgeon to tighten the underlying muscle with sutures, and also to excise any sagging or extraneous skin. Many cosmetic surgery patients elect to receive liposuction treatment alongside their tummy tucks, in which case the surgeon will also remove any fat deposits in the area, further improving strength and shape. Once these steps are complete, any remaining fluid buildup is allowed to drain, after which time the skin can be reattached. Doctors will then typically apply a compression garment to the area, in order to mitigate post-surgical swelling, as well as to help support the newly adjusted tissues.
Complete recovery from a tummy tuck procedure can take up to six months, with the most intense period being the initial four weeks. During this time, patients should avoid any heavy lifting or other strenuous activity, and it will generally be necessary for patients to take at least some time off from work. It is important to remember that abdominoplasty is a serious operation, and you should consult with your cosmetic surgeon about any risks that may be involved, as well as whether or not the procedure is right for you.
The Lower Body Lift
Although a tummy tuck is often performed by itself, it is actually part of a larger group of procedures collectively known as a lower body lift. Also referred to as a belt lipectomy, a lower body lift applies the tummy tuck technique not only to the abdomen, but to the hips, buttocks, and thighs as well, improving the shape and tone of the entire lower body. A full body lift is an extensive procedure, and is most commonly recommended for patients who have lost significant amounts of weight, resulting in large accumulations of excess skin.
A lower body lift requires a much larger incision than is required for a tummy tuck alone, and the surgery is also longer – typically between five and eight hours for a complete lift. Since a much greater amount of strain is put on the body, and because more tissue is affected, recovery time is also likely to be extended.
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