Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgical procedure aimed at flattening your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and by tightening muscles in the abdominal wall.
This procedure results in a flat stomach and a tighter and smaller waist.
It is indicated for men or women concerned about the excess of fat and skin in their tummy area and the inability to reduce it regardless of a balanced diet or constant exercise.
It is also recommended for women that have had several pregnancies and want to tighten their abdominal muscles and recover the muscle tone before pregnancy.
Tummy tuck is also suitable for men or women that tend to become overweight, have lost skin elasticity and have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.
Before the surgery
During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. Your doctor will evaluate you as a candidate for abdominoplasty surgery and clarify what approach is best for you. If excess fat is limited to the area below your tummy, a mini- abdominoplasty is a good solution for you. If fat is also located in the hip area, the surgeon may suggest to combine this process with a hip liposuction that creates a harmonic body.
Abdominoplasty takes place at a surgical room under general anesthesia and usually takes between 2 and 4 hours.
After the surgery
Patients will need to wear a girdle for approximately 3 months. It may take a few weeks or even a couple of months to feel the way you did before the surgery. Depending on your physical condition you may be back to work between 2 to 4 weeks.
Complications associated with tummy tucks are infrequent and the satisfaction rate is very high when surgery is done by a certified doctor. Minor complications like swelling, healing, changes in skin sensation, allergic reaction or damage to underlying structure may occur.
Weight gain following abdominoplasty may negatively affect your surgery results, thus ,keeping a balanced and healthy diet as well as exercising can keep results for a longer period or permanently.
Although a permanent scar (located in the bikini area) will be permanent, this surgical procedure is a great solution for those seeking to reduce excess of fat or skin and tight week muscles in their abdominal area.