Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) - Panama Medical Tourism

Panama Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery vacations

Panama Tummy Tuck - Panama Abdominoplasty
There are several reasons for a sagging midsection. Loose skin can form after dramatic weight loss. With weight gain, the skin around the stomach can become flabby and flaccid. The belly area may not return to itís original, taught shape following a pregnancy. Whatever the cause of the skin distention, the effect on the psyche is powerful. You may wear loose fitting clothes to hide your stomach. You might refrain from recreational activities that require removal of clothing, such as going to the pool or beach. The constant shame surrounding a flabby gut can be socially paralyzing. A Panama Tummy Tuck can and will help.

The Tummy Tuck surgery is generally an inpatient procedure that takes between 2 to 5 hours. You will most likely stay in the hospital the first night following surgery to be closely monitored. Punta Pacifica Hospital in Panama offers a world class facility and American trained doctors well practiced in abdominoplasty. Prior to your tummy tuck, your surgeon will meet with you to discuss a few matters.

Along with discussing your medical history and any medications you may be taking, your surgeon will discuss your expectations and desired outcome of the procedure. You may also request or your surgeon may recommend the use of Liposuction in conjunction with your tummy tuck to attain the best results. Pictures will be taken for your medical record and you will be given pre-surgery instructions.

If you smoke, you will be asked to stop in the weeks prior to your Panama tummy tuck. You will also be asked to refrain from taking aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory drug as they thin the blood and can cause an increase in bleeding.

The procedure itself consists of two incisions. The first incision is made horizontally just above the pubic line and can extend as far out as the hips, depending upon the amount of skin being removed. The second incision is made around the belly button to loosen the surrounding skin. At this point, your surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall. Your surgeon then sutures the loose abdominal muscles from the left and right side together, creating a tighter abdominal wall and a smaller waist line. Abdominal skin is pulled downward and excess skin is removed. A new opening is made for the belly button which has remained in place. The primary incision and new naval opening are then sutured shut.

Following your surgery, be prepared to spend the night in the hospital. When you do arrive home be prepared for a few days of bed rest and to be sore for the next couple weeks. You may take short walks to promote blood flow, but when at rest it will be recommended you lie on your back with your legs in a supported, bent position. Your Panama surgeon will prescribe pain medication for any discomfort you may experience. You may also be instructed to wear a special support garment to promote comfort and healing. Any eternal stitches will be removed within a week while internal stitches will be removed within two weeks.