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Everything You Need to Know About Tummy Tuck, Breast Uplift & Arm Lift, and Radiofrequency Ablation
After giving birth, some women are lucky that their tummies bounce back. However, a more significant percentage have to work hard to return to their previous shape, which doesn’t always happen. Weight gain also causes one’s tummy to get bigger, and losing it is the challenging part.
Although we are taught to love our bodies the way they are, not everyone is comfortable having excess fat around their tummy or saggy arms, especially if you had a lovely figure before. A tummy tuck, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that helps remove excess skin and sculpt your waistline and stomach. During the procedure, the surgeon can also repair damaged and weakened muscles due to childbirth. They also tighten the skin to provide you with long-lasting results.
Suppose you are done giving birth or have lost a significant amount of weight and have a lot of loose skin. You can enhance your appearance by having a tummy tuck, breast uplift, and arm lift. These ensure that you will not have a flabby stomach, saggy arms, and breasts.
However, patients should conduct enough research to understand the procedure’s cost, benefits, and risk with any surgery, medical or cosmetic. Although these procedures are beneficial to both men and women, they have strict recovery requirements and high chances of complications to be considered. And as such, they might not be ideal for everyone. Therefore, before making any commitments, let’s first understand what each procedure involves.
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that helps remove excess fat and skin while repairing damaged muscles and tissues in your stomach. The surgeon then tightens the skin around your tummy and waistline.
The surgery is primarily performed on people who have lost significant weight, leaving them with loose skin. Women who are done giving birth can also undergo a tummy tuck. However, before this procedure, the ideal candidate is recommended that their weight remain constant for 6 to 12 months and serious medical ailments. And that their weight should be between 10-15 pounds of their target weight. This is because losing or gaining weight after surgery can undo the contours created through surgery. And this would further require collective surgery, which would cost you more and take more time to heal.
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A breast lift and breast augmentation are often used interchangeably, but the two procedures are different as breast augmentation involves adding mass to your breast. On the other hand, breast uplift is the process of elevating your breasts to stop them from sagging and give them a youthful outlook. However, the two procedures can be performed together where you add mass and still elevate the breasts.
After a breast uplift, you will notice that your breasts appear bigger than you’d expect. Don’t panic because the swelling is expected after surgery, and it slowly goes down as you heal. You will be put into a post-surgical bra to help maintain the shape and help with the swelling.
Although a breast lift can be done on breasts of any size, it is ideal for small and saggy breasts. This is because the results will not be long-lasting for women with heavy breasts. It is recommended to have a breast lift after you are done giving birth and breastfeeding. Although mastopexy does not impact future pregnancies, pregnancies will indeed stretch your breasts undoing the procedure.
As with any other procedure, risks are to be expected; that’s why it’s essential to work with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. At FlyHealth, we have a team of certified plastic surgeons that are patient-oriented. They offer you several consultations to understand your needs and provide you with advice.
The arm lift is a surgical procedure done to remove excess fat and skin. This procedure is also known as brachioplasty. It helps improve the under portion of your arm, giving it a toned appearance. Your skin loses elasticity as you get older, especially on your upper arms, leading to loose skin. Excessive weight loss may also cause the underside of your arms to droop.
If you are body image-conscious, you should opt for an arm lift as it is the fastest way to get toned arms. And like any other surgical procedure, certain risks are inherent. These include scarring, changes in your arms symmetry, bleeding, numbness, and infection. So, ensure that you are following post-op guidelines to the latter.
How Long Do Surgical Drains Remain in Place
After the procedures, your doctor will place small tubes in your tummy and arms to drain excess blood and fluids. Most surgeons would not use drains for breast lift unless they were performed together with breast augmentation. The drains will remain in place for several weeks, at most three for a tummy tuck, and about two to three days for an arm lift.
Do not strain yourself to avoid undoing the stitches. It would be best to have help for the first few weeks or a month.
Do the Procedures Leave a Scar
Yes, you will have a scar, but our surgeons at FlyHealth ensures that they are as inconspicuous as possible. It would be good to note that breast lift and tummy tuck scars are permanent. Most often, they are lumpy and red for months, and they fade as you heal.
When Will the Results of the Procedures be Visible
You should note that the results of these procedures will not be evident immediately. This is because you will experience swelling the first few weeks or months, and only after you are entirely healed can you start enjoying the full effect.
Listen to the video patient satisfaction
Ann-Marie Whymark booked her appointment during the pandemic and had her tickets canceled several times. However, she never gave up hope, and as soon as it was safe to travel, she came and had her tummy tuck, breast uplift, and arm lift. She attests that Flyhealth has a team of qualified surgeons and staff who made her feel at home. She is pleased with the results of her cosmetic surgery.
Summing Up the whole experience
As a woman, do what you feel is right for you. If you want perky breasts, a flat stomach, and toned arms, go for it. You only have one body, and it’s your right to feel sexy. Show me a woman that doesn’t want to have their breasts back in position or wear a dress without worrying about a protruding tummy.
So, what are you waiting for? Please book a consultation with us.