Tummy-tuck surgery or abdominoplasty, can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. It can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour. Most patients report improved self-esteem as a result of this procedure.
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Are you a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
There comes a time when you realize that efforts at dieting and exercise are yielding lower numbers on your bathroom scale but not changing the appearance of your sagging and protruding abdomen. The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a tummy tuck:
Aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery or weight fluctuations have left you with extra skin on your abdomen, abdominal muscle weakness, or both.
You do not smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before surgery.
Your weight is stable. Slender individuals with extra fat and loose skin in the lower tummy are the best candidates; if you are generally obese, this procedure is not appropriate for you.
If you have a significant amount of intra-abdominal fat surrounding your internal organs, you may need to slim down before considering a tummy tuck.
You are physically healthy. You must be in relatively good physical shape to tolerate this procedure.
You are finished having children. The muscles that are repaired during an abdominoplasty can separate again during future pregnancy.
Internal or external scars from any previous abdominal surgery may also affect your candidacy.
How Much Does Arm Liposuction Cost?
The total cost for upper and/or lower arm liposuction is made up of several different fees: the surgeon’s professional fee, the facility fee, medications, surgical garments, medical tests, and the anesthesia fee if you choose to use anesthesia.
The national averages for this procedure range from 30,000-50,000 This is an average, but prices for the procedure depend on your surgeon’s experience and the location of where you are getting the procedure.
Risks with Upper & Lower Arm Lipo
Like any surgery there are certain risks associated with liposuction surgery. Some of these risks involve scarring, allergic reactions, hematoma, lumpiness, dimpling, numbness, discoloration, and sagging skin.
Lumpiness and dimpling may only be resolved by a second liposuction procedure. Some serious complications can include excessive fluid loss, infection, blood clots, fluid build-up in the lungs, and drug overdose.
These serious complications are more likely to occur when a patient undergoes several procedures at once. Many of these risks can be avoided with an experienced and accredited surgeon especially the more serious risks.
However some of these things are unavoidable and depend on your body’s reaction to the procedure. This can also influence your overall recovery time.
Recovering from Arm Liposuction
After the surgery, the patient should have someone pick them up from the hospital the same day. If they have had several procedures done in a day, the surgeon may ask the patient to stay overnight.
The patient is required to wear a compression band to give the arm a proper shape and help with the pain. The patient should rest for a couple of days after the surgery and if possible, they should elevate the arms.
They should not do any heavy lifting of straining for the first 10 days. While surgeons suggest returning to work 1-2 weeks after the procedure, the swelling and bruising does not usually subside until about 3 weeks after.
The stitches are removed the first week. Surgeons suggest to those who smoke to quit several months before the actual procedure because it takes a smoker longer to heal.
While the results of upper and/or lower arm liposuction are considered permanent, they can easily return to their original state if one gains weight.
The desired results will be achieved after several months, however most people who receive this procedure usually get an accompanying arm lift to get their best personal results.
Expect some initial stiffness in the arms for a few days along with some pain, burning, swelling, and bleeding. The doctor usually prescribes something for the pain as well as an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.