Thanks to endoscope technology many procedures such as tummy tucks have come a long way. Endoscopic abdominoplasty is perfect for you if you still have the elasticity in your skin, though your lower abdominal muscles have become weak.
The endoscopic abdominoplasty procedure uses and endoscope, which is a small camera that is attached to the small surgical instruments. The huge benefit to this type of procedure is that it eliminates the need for large incisions. Because the surgery can be performed with very small incisions, the scars can be easily hidden. The incisions are usually above the pubis or inside the belly button. Through these incisions the instruments are inserted and the muscles can be tightened and stitched through the incision.
Liposuction may also be that which is performed during an endoscopic abdominoplasty. The liposuction is used to remove fat at which time a drain is inserted to prevent any built-up fluid.
Endoscopic abdominoplasty tightens abdominal muscles and liposuction removes excess fat, but endoscopic abdominoplasty does not get rid of any loose skin in the abdominal area. Because of this it is usually recommended only for people who have existing skin elasticity. Sometimes people who have had significant weight loss will not have any elasticity left in their skin because of all the stretching. In these cases a full abdominoplasty may be recommended. Endoscopic abdominoplasty has been proven to make a huge difference in those who have some skin elasticity.
Because an endoscopic abdominoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, patients recover much more quickly than if they had a fully abdominoplasty. There is usually some discomfort and of course there will be some swelling. Anyone who has this procedure done should follow their doctors directions to aid in the healing process. Usually within a week to two weeks of having an endoscopic abdominoplasty performed you will be up and around and looking great!
Of course, as with any type of surgery you should take the initiative to find out as much information as possible. Be sure to research the types of abdominoplasty available. Find out what complications may arise and what the recovery time will be. You can also ask your surgeon what type of anesthesia they will use and what type of pain killers are typically prescribed. Never be afraid to ask a question of your surgeon. Know all you can possibly about the procedure before you make a final decision.