Understanding an endoscopic tummy tuck

May 3, 2012 Comments Off on Understanding an endoscopic tummy tuck

Patients considering a tummy tuck procedure may be worried about the scarring and recovery time associated with the surgery. However, there are many variations on the traditional procedure that can lessen both side effects and still provide considerable results. Among them is the endoscopic tummy tuck.

There are certain patients who make the best candidates for an endoscopic tummy tuck. Unlike the traditional procedure, the endoscopic variety does not remove any loose or excess skin that usually comes as the result of pregnancy or weight loss. What it does do, however, is tighten the abdominal muscles. This means patients who have relatively smooth and tight skin are the best candidates for the surgery.

An endoscopic tummy tuck is a slight variation on the less invasive mini tummy tuck. The appeal of the procedure is that surgeons do not have to remove any skin to complete the surgery, leaving the patient with a much smaller scar than if they were to opt for a more traditional method.

According to DocSchop.com, to achieve scarless results, doctors make a small incision along the pubic bone and then use a small lighted tube with a camera at the end, known as an endoscope, to perform the abdominoplasty. Thanks to the use of smaller instruments, the surgeon can tighten the abdominal muscles, giving the patient a flatter, more appealing stomach.

Recovery for an endoscopic tummy tuck is a bit different than the traditional procedure. Due to the different methods used, there's considerably less bleeding and swelling, and the scars are much smaller. Most patients can resume normal activities within a week or two.

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