Abdominoplasty, often referred to as
a "tummy tuck", is a procedure
that tightens the abdomen or stomach
area, in manner that could never
be obtained by simply going to the gym.
Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a “tummy tuck”, is a procedure that tightens the abdomen or stomach area, in manner that could never be obtained by simply going to the gym. During surgery, the rectus abdominus muscles are tightened and the excess skin and fatty tissue is removed. A beautiful new belly button is then created to complete the transformation. The result, is a flatter, firmer, tighter and younger “tummy” that is expertly contoured in order to create a desirable shape. This procedure is most commonly performed on women after they have had all their children. Most women find it is impossible to get rid of the extra skin at the lowest part of their abdomen despite aggressive diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty surgery is also commonly performed on patients who have experienced massive weight loss, for example, patients who have undergone bariatric (stomach shrinking) surgery. After major weight loss, most people end up with an excessive amount of loose skin, especially in the belly area. By removing this redundant skin, a patient can greatly improve not only the appearance of their body but also the quality of their life.
An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure, and it is performed under general anesthesia. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. At the start of the surgery an incision is made low on the abdomen in an attempt to hide the incision line as low as possible below the bikini line. Excess skin and fatty tissue is then removed and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened in the midline in order to give a firm result. Although not every procedure requires it, in most cases supplemental liposuction in the flank are significantly improves the final contour.
Following surgery, drains are commonly used for approximately one week. In addition, a compression binder is worn for comfort. Patients may experience some discomfort and swelling immediately following the surgery, however this improves quickly over a few days. While walking is encouraged at all times in order to facilitate blood flow in the legs, exercise is not permitted until three weeks following the procedure.
The type of abdominoplasty surgery a person receives generally depends on the amount of excess skin they have in their upper and lower abdomen. For patients with a large amount of loose skin, a complete or even an extended abdominoplasty might be recommended. However, for patients that have minimal excess skin on their bellies, usually below the navel region, occasionally a mini abdominoplasty is possible: