Abdominoplasty is also known as ‘Tummy Tuck,’ and it’s a procedure that results in firmer and flatter belly. On top of that, it also tightens your waistline and abdominal muscles by removing the excess skin and fat from particular areas.
However, this is not a procedure everyone can undergo. It’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ type of a solution for everyone who would want to improve their abdominal contour. While it is a very effective procedure, it’s definitely not a viable substitute for weight loss, especially through exercise and controlled diet.
Most people who undergo abdominal surgery do it because their abdominal fascia has been stretched after a significant weight loss or perhaps during pregnancy. There are numerous other reasons for it, and you can consider an abdominal lipectomy if:
- You have a weak stomach wall
- You have retracted scarring from a C-section
- You have excess skin that has accumulated in your abdominal area
- After liposuction that hasn’t adequately solved your issues and fulfilled your expectations
Abdomen liposuction is not recommended for:
- Individuals who plan on losing significant amounts of weight in the near future
- Individuals who might consider future pregnancy
- Individuals who have a body mass index greater than 30
- Individuals who have severe conditions such as diabetes or heart disease
Before the surgery itself, you will have to go through consultations with our plastic surgeon. During the first visit, you will be asked some general questions about your medical history, as well as questions about your expectations and risk awareness. We encourage you to be completely honest with your doctor during this, especially when it comes to your history of substance abuse and medications you’re currently taking.
You might also need to avoid certain medications and maintain a stable weight for at least a couple of months in order to prevent a significant loss of weight after the surgery.
The procedure is low-risk and takes about two to three hours. The plastic surgeon will make several incisions to remove the excess skin from areas of interest (mainly the fat between your belly button and pubic area) and subsequently tighten the fascia which overlies the stomach muscles.
Your surgeon will then reposition the skin around your belly button and bring it out through a small incision to position it properly. The aforementioned hip-to-hip incision is then stitched together above the pubic hair area. This will leave a scar that falls along the bikini line.
You are likely to feel moderate pain shortly after the procedure. It’s completely normal and is mitigated and controlled with the use of pain medication. Swelling is also to be expected for about six weeks, sometimes even up to several months, depending on the complexity of the procedure itself. Tummy tuck recovery isn’t a hard step to push through, but it’s still something you should take seriously.
The results of abdominoplasty surgery are usually long-lasting. You can expect a much better quality of life as well as some amazing results as far as the aesthetic appeal goes. Keep in mind that maintaining a stable weight is essential for long-lasting results after abdominal liposuction.
Give us a call today, schedule an appointment, and let us turn your life around!