A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a common cosmetic procedure that can help to flatten the abdomen by removing excess fat and loose skin. Although tummy tucks are one of the most-requested cosmetic procedures by women after a pregnancy, others who are unsatisfied with their abdominal appearance following fluctuations in their weight or a recent surgery can benefit from this procedure as well.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tuck procedures have increased 70% over the past twelve years, which means that there are many people who are satisfied with the results they have seen in themselves as well as their family and friends. But there’s another procedure available, called the CombiTuck, a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck, that offers a much shorter recovery time and lets patients go back to normal life in as little as a week. Here is how to determine if a CombiTuck is right for you, along with what to expect during and after the procedure so that you can make an informed decision.
Ideal Candidates for a CombiTuck
A CombiTuck is a surgical procedure that can offer permanent tummy-tightening results for the right candidates. However, it is important to know that as with any type of surgery, the ideal candidate will be in good health and at a stable weight. It is also best for a candidate to be either a non-smoker or willing to stop smoking at least several weeks before the procedure. This will help to ensure the best recovery and healing possible. Due to the fact that fluctuations in weight will alter the abdomen’s appearance, it is also recommended for women to wait until they are done bearing children before they undergo the procedure. A CombiTuck requires a layer of fat to be present to be most effective—very thin women may require a more traditional tummy tuck procedure.
During your initial consultation with the surgeon, your body type will be assessed, along with the results you are seeking. Using this information, your doctor or cosmetic surgeon will help to determine which type of procedure will work best for your needs. A complete abdominoplasty is needed when loose skin and fat exists above the naval and may involve moving the bellybutton. A partial tummy tuck is a shorter procedure with a smaller incision, yet it is only effective on the right candidate. A CombiTuck procedure combines the benefits of liposuction and partial tummy tucks, allowing for a procedure with less cutting and trauma for the tissues.
Preparing for Surgery
Before your CombiTuck procedure, it is best to avoid drastic dieting or other changes in your health. If you smoke, you will be asked to refrain from smoking for at least two weeks before your procedure. The day prior to your surgery, you may be given pre-op instructions that include stopping certain medications or fasting overnight. Making a few preparations around your home can also help you to recover better your procedure. Choose loose clothing to wear during the first few days of recovery and arrange for someone to stay with you for the first night at home so that you will have any help you might need and can be comfortable.
Recovery and Maintaining Your New Look
After your surgery, your incision will be wrapped in bandages and gauze to promote healing. According to the ASPS, you may also be given a compression garment to help minimize swelling and support your abdomen through the healing process. The resting period can be as little as a week to ten days for CombiTuck procedures. It is important to follow your recovery instructions so that you will be able to heal correctly and maintain your results.
For those who are uncomfortable with the feel or appearance of their abdomen, a tummy tuck or CombiTuck can offer significant benefits. If you’re considering a tummy tuck procedure, schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who can assess your lifestyle and needs. By taking the time to make an informed decision, you will be better prepared so that you can get the most out of this life-changing procedure.