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Tummy Tuck

For those who are self-conscious about drooping, loose and hanging skin around their midsection or those who have weakened muscles because of weight loss or pregnancy, abdominoplasty surgery is the best answer. It helps in achieving a youthful, firmer and toned body. Though it is not a weight loss surgery, a tummy tuck can refine your contours when exercise and diet fail to eliminate stubborn fat cells and excess tissues. During this surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, a cosmetic surgeon removes stubborn fat deposits and loose skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. This proven and effective surgical treatment can be customized to meet the unique goals and needs of each patient. There are many variations of abdominoplasty, each designed for targeting some areas or specific problems. an experienced plastic surgeon can explain the options and help patients achieve the best results.

How is tummy tuck surgery done?

As mentioned above, there are different variations of tummy tuck surgery. The surgeon will recommend the best option based on your preferences, goals, and anatomy of your body. Here are some approaches to perform this surgery:

Full Tummy Tuck

The surgeon makes an incision across the lower abdomen along with an incision around the navel. Excess skin and fat are removed, underlying muscles tightened and liposuction might be used for contouring the abdomen. This surgical procedure is performed to remove the skin from above the navel down to the pubic area that gets affected because of obesity, multiple pregnancies, and genetic laxity.

Mini Tummy Tuck

In this procedure, a single incision is made in the pubic region that is placed as low as possible and can range between a few inches and the entire abdomen span. It is through this incision that the surgeon would remove excess fat and skin, tighten loose muscles and might use liposuction for refining the area. If you have protrusion and laxity below the navel, you are an ideal candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty. It is generally recommended for those who are in fairly good shape and can’t achieve aesthetic goals with exercise and diet.

High or Extended Lateral Tension Tummy Tuck

If you have excess skin in the hips or love handles, the doctor has to make a longer incision for treating this problem. The extended lateral tension abdominoplasty was one of the first procedures developed for treating excess skin after pregnancy or massive weight loss. The method uses a layer in the deeper tissue for maintaining and supporting the repair. This surgical procedure includes an abdominoplasty in the front of the abdomen and transfers the lift over the hip to the side of the thigh for improving the contour in this region, suspending and improving the thigh and hip. You can simulate the effect by holding the skin on the sides of your waist and pulling it up just like you wear a pair of pants.

Procedure

The entire tummy tuck surgery, irrespective of the type, is performed under general anesthesia. Traditionally, the incision made runs horizontally above the pubic region. The excess amount of skin is removed on the side facing the ribs. The belly button is relocated, muscles tightened to give a more subtle and natural-looking position. Abdominoplasty is generally done along with liposuction. It takes nearly three to four hours to perform the procedure.

Expected Results

If you have overhang and loose skin following significant weight, pregnancy, and childbirth, you will be pleased with the results of the tummy tuck. You can expect to get taut, firmer, smooth tummy with no loose hanging skin and excess fat deposits. Also, you will notice a change in the appearance of stretch marks. Do exercise and stick to a healthy lifestyle and eating habits to enjoy lasting results.

Recovery

You can experience a great deal of discomfort and pain after undergoing tummy tuck surgery. You might also experience excessive swelling and bruising and numbness in the surgical area for the next few days. The surgeon will remove the drainage tubes within forty-eight to seventy-two hours of the procedure. you have to wear a support garment for at least six to eight weeks after the abdominoplasty. You can expect to get back to work within two to three weeks. Avoid abdominal exercises for three months, or as advised by the surgeon. you can resume rigorous and strenuous activities within six to eight weeks.