Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty). This surgery tones and tightens the abdominal area with removal of excess skin or fatty deposits along with the repositioning of abdomen muscles into a tighter formation. The entire abdomen, love handle areas, and belly button can be reshaped and contoured to give you your old waist back, flatten your stomach.
This one of the most popular procedures nationwide for women who want relief from excess sagging skin and stretch marks of the abdomen that occurs almost invariably after pregnancies, and for men who have lost a great deal of weight. Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems. Poorly healed C-section scars can also be removed during a tummy tuck as an additional benefit.
Reasons for Considering an Abdominoplasty:
- Inability of dieting and exercise to improve the abdomen area.
- Excessive accumulation of skin following weight loss.
- Loss of skin elasticity or diastases (loose abdomen muscles) due to pregnancy.
- The removal of fat deposits and unsightly skin with stretch marks as well as the proper alignment of the abdomen muscles to produce a more flattering look.
Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back. The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. The abdomen muscle tissue is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. Finally, the incision is closed; and the skin is stitched back into place. Sometimes the procedure requires an additional incision around the navel in order to provide the best results.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement for two weeks in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling and discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. The stitches will be removed shortly after the surgery depending on the procedure(s) involved. A support garment may need to be worn for several weeks after the surgery. Normal activities can generally be resumed within two weeks.
You can get back into light activities like walking and low-impact exercise, but you won’t be allowed to lift anything heavier than 5lbs until week 6. It may take a few months for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration. You’ll be loving the new clothes you had to buy, and you’ll be super happy that you had the procedure!