Although it’s a good idea to prepare before your procedure by doing a little homework, you should also prepare ahead of time for your recovery from abdominoplasty. Tampa patients who spend time and energy focusing on the healing process have an easier, healthier recovery.
In our society, there’s a lot of pressure to be constantly doing things and being productive. When something comes up, like recovering from an abdominoplasty, most Tampa locals feel like they should be up and about as soon as possible. The truth is, forcing your body to be active before it’s ready is a really bad idea. Your body needs time to just rest in order to heal properly. Surgery, and especially a fairly involved surgery like a tummy tuck, is a lot for your body to handle. Muscles have been stitched together, skin has been sutured or stapled, and fat has been removed. All of these things take some getting used to, and your body needs time to adapt.
In fact, time is the best healing agent around. Instead of pushing yourself to get better faster, instead try just relaxing and giving your body what it needs: time to rest, time to heal, and a lot of time to catch up on your sleep. By getting enough down time, your body will recover much more quickly than if you force yourself to get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. Just remember, your body’s been through a lot with this surgery. Give yourself a break, and just get better.
For many women in Tampa, a tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures requested following pregnancy. While being a new mom is one of life's greatest joys, there are long-term physical tolls which pregnancy, childbirth and nursing all take on the body. A tummy tuck can resolve one of these issues: your post-pregnancy tummy.
During your pregnancy, the uterus expands in order to accommodate your growing baby, and the muscles in the abdomen expand right along with it. Over the muscles, the skin stretches out as well. Some women seem to slim right back to their former silhouette after giving birth. Others battle to achieve flat tummies again. As we age, our muscles loosen and our skin loses elasticity. This effect is even more prominent in areas of the body which have already undergone drastic muscle and skin stretching, like the abdominal area of a woman who has undergone a pregnancy or several pregnancies. Although many women may think their bodies returned to normal after pregnancy, increasing age may reveal an unflattering look to the stomach as the loose muscles sag further.
At my offices in Tampa, tummy tucks are frequently performed in order to address the post-pregnancy belly, whether soon after pregnancy or many years later. The procedure first tightens the underlying abdominal muscles in order to provide a taut framework upon which the skin will be draped. Excess skin is then cut away, and fat deposits are removed. The result is a firm, flat abdominal profile which may even look better than before you had children and can take years off your appearance.
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