In the initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate your state of health, determine the extent of the accumulation of fat in the region of the abdomen and the tone of the skin. Do not forget to mention if you are a smoker, you are taking some medication or vitamins. You must express your expectations in a sincere and frank manner, so that the plastic surgeon is also frank and shows you the available alternatives for your problem, with the risks and limitations of each of them.
If, for example, you only have fat accumulation in the area below the navel, it may be enough to perform a less complex procedure called mini-abdominoplasty, which requires a shorter stay in the clinic and is done in less time. In other cases, whether you are going to perform a full tummy tuck or a mini-tummy tuck, a liposuction of the hips can be associated to improve the body shape in a more harmonious way.
Some cases, even, can be solved only by performing liposuction of the abdomen. In any case, the plastic surgeon next to you will determine which is the optimal procedure that will provide you with a more suitable body shape. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will also explain what type of anesthesia you will use, the need or not to enter the clinic where the surgery is performed and the costs of the surgery. Abdominoplasty, except in invalidating cases, is not included in Social Security benefits.
Abdominoplasty, either complete or mini-tummy tuck, provides excellent results in patients whose abdominal muscles are weakened and have excess skin and fat. In most cases the results are definitive, as long as it is accompanied by a balanced diet and periodic exercise. If you are realistic in your expectations and are able to tolerate the presence of a definitive, albeit concealed, abdominal scar, and a long recovery period, a tummy tuck may be right for you.