Abdominoplastía (Abdominoplasty)
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Muchos de nosotros luchamos por tener un abdomen plano y bien tonificado, a través del ejercicio y el control del peso. A veces estos métodos no logran nuestros objetivos. Incluso algunas personas con un peso corporal normal y bien proporcionados pueden desarrollar un abdomen que sobresale o que está fl ojo y cuelga. Entre las causas más comunes de esto se encuentran:

  • Los embarazos
  • El envejecimiento
  • Fluctuaciones de peso significativas
  • Herencia
  • Cirugías anteriores

La abdominoplastía elimina el exceso de grasa y piel, y en la mayoría de los casos repara músculos debilitados o separados creando un perfil abdominal más liso y firme.
Una abdominoplastía no es un sustituto para el adelgazamiento o un plan apropiado de ejercicios físicos. Aunque los resultados de una abdominoplastía son técnicamente permanentes, las fl uctuaciones de peso significativas pueden reducir en gran medida un resultado positivo. Por esta razón, se puede recomendar que pospongan la abdominoplastía a quienes planean un adelgazamiento sustancial o a las mujeres que puedan considerar embarazos en el futuro. Una abdominoplastía tampoco puede corregir estrías, aunque éstas puedan eliminarse o mejorarse en alguna medida si están ubicadas en las áreas de piel excesiva que van a ser extirpadas, por los general las áreas tratadas debajo del ombligo.
La abdominoplastía es una intervención altamente personal y usted debe tomar la decisión de realizarla, no para cumplir los deseos de otra persona ni para intentar ajustarse a cualquier tipo de imagen ideal. La abdominoplastía es una buena opción para usted si:

  • Goza de buena salud física y tiene un peso estable;
  • Tiene expectativas realistas;
  • No fuma;
  • Le molesta por la sensación de que su abdomen es demasiado grande.

Procedural Steps

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Step 1 Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 The Incision
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.

Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed.

A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Tummy Tuck, OutlineTummy Tuck, Pre-Interior Incision

Tummy Tuck, Interior IncisionTummy Tuck, Exterior Incision

Tummy Tuck, Lower Incision OutlineTummy Tuck, Lower Incision

Step 3 Closing The Incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

Step 4 See The Results
Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.

The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.

Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.

Important Facts About the Safety and Risks of Abdominoplasty
The decision to have tummy tuck surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

Possible risks of abdominoplasty include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin loss
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Major wound separation
  • Asymmetry
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Nerve damage
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result

You’ll Need Help
If your abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

My Recovery
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals.

A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.

Previous abdominal surgery may limit the potential results of a tummy tuck. In women who have undergone cesarean section, the existing scars may often be incorporated into the new scar.

How much will tummy tuck surgery cost?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices for tummy tucks can vary widely. A surgeon’s cost for a tummy tuck may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic office location.
Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Cost may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments, and
  • Medical tests

Procedural Steps

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Step 1 Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 The Incision
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.

Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed.

A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Tummy Tuck, OutlineTummy Tuck, Pre-Interior Incision

Tummy Tuck, Interior IncisionTummy Tuck, Exterior Incision

Tummy Tuck, Lower Incision OutlineTummy Tuck, Lower Incision

Step 3 Closing The Incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

Step 4 See The Results
Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.

The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.

Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.

Important Facts About the Safety and Risks of Abdominoplasty
The decision to have tummy tuck surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

Possible risks of abdominoplasty include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin loss
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Major wound separation
  • Asymmetry
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Nerve damage
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result

You’ll Need Help
If your abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

My Recovery
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals.

A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.

Previous abdominal surgery may limit the potential results of a tummy tuck. In women who have undergone cesarean section, the existing scars may often be incorporated into the new scar.

How much will tummy tuck surgery cost?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices for tummy tucks can vary widely. A surgeon’s cost for a tummy tuck may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic office location.
Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Cost may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments, and
  • Medical tests

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