Tummy Tuck in Mexico

Affordable Tummy Tuck Surgery in Mexico

A full tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to remove loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks from the abdominal region. Furthermore, the procedure involves tightening of vertical abdominal muscles which restores the appearance of a firmer and flatter abdomen. Abdominoplasty can be performed alone, or in conjunction with liposuction to further improve body shape. This procedure should not be considered as a treatment for obesity. Individuals considering a tummy tuck should be healthy and relatively fit.

General Procedure
The length of a tummy tuck procedure depends on the extent of tissue removal, or the necessity for an additional procedure such as liposuction. It may last between two and five hours. For more complex tummy tuck procedures and when performed in conjunction with another procedure, your anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia. Alternatively, a local anesthetic and sedative may be used for less complex procedures.

Full tummy tuck procedures typically require two incisions. The surgeon makes an incision just above the pubic area that spans from one hip bone to the other. The length of the incision and its shape will depend on the desired treatment and patient’s physiology. While the incision is hidden below the bikini line, it is important to understand that you will have a permanent scar. A second incision is usually made around the navel.

After the incisions are made, the physician separates the skin Tummy Tuckand fat layers that lie above the abdominal wall from the wall by using a cautery device. The tissue is then lifted upward toward the rib cage to expose the abdominal muscles. Next, in order to tighten the abdomen, the surgeon sutures the abdominal muscles, pulling them closer together. This creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline.

The surgeon stretches the layer of skin and fat that had been lifted away tightly over the abdominal wall. The skin and fat that hangs beyond the original incision line is removed. Since your navel remains intact and attached to the abdominal wall, the surgeon has to make an incision through the layers of skin and fat to create a new hole for your navel. The incisions are sutured and dressings and bandages will be applied.

In order to prevent fluid buildup as you heal, drainage tubes may be placed in the abdomen. If drainage tubes are used they will remain in place for approximately two to three weeks and will have to be removed by a physician in the U.S.

Recovery Process
Immediately after surgery, you will be fitted with a compression garment which is similar to a girdle. While you may not be able to stand fully upright, it is important that you begin to walk for short periods soon after your procedure to facilitate blood flow. The compression garment is used to reduce swelling by preventing fluid buildup and to speed up healing. Although loose bandages may be removed in several days, a compression garment is often worn for a few weeks depending on the extent of the surgery.

As with any surgical procedure, you will likely experience some pain, bruising, and swelling, most of which will go away within a few weeks. The pain can be treated effectively with prescribed medication. It is not uncommon for patients to develop seromas, or fluid buildup. If surgical drains are used, they will be removed within two to three weeks following the surgery.

Our plastic surgeons will explain in detail the risks associated with the surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications associate with it. Some of the more common complications that may arise after the procedure are bleeding (hematoma), infection and fluid accumulation. These complications can be corrected. That’s one of the reasons why our safety-conscious surgeons ask our patients to stay in the hospital for several days.

Even though you are going to be staying at tropical destination in Mexico, after the surgery you will not be able to swim in the ocean or be in direct sunlight. Most patients will feel well enough to return to work in one to three weeks. However, it may take six to eight weeks before you will able to resume your normal activities including heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Although you will have a permanent scar, it will slowly fade over time. With proper diet and exercise, the results from a tummy tuck can be maintained for several years.


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