Basic Information About the Tummy Tuck

Cosmetic Surgery

Skin on the human body is resilient to a point. It has a limit to which it can stretch and return to its normal shape. When it is stretched beyond its capability, exercise and healthy eating are no longer enough to return it back to its original level of firmness and shape. The most effective means of getting the skin on your abdomen back to its firm shape is to have a tummy tuck. This cosmetic procedure will give you an abdomen that is firm, smooth, and flat.

There are various reasons why an individual might decide to have a tummy tuck, which is also called an abdominoplasty. Some patients decide to have liposuction at the same time. Loose or excess skin that results from the shedding of considerable pounds may be a reason or after pregnancies. An abdominoplasty can correct any of these conditions because it will take away saggy, loose, and excess skin. The cosmetic surgeon can remove this fat from the lower and middle portions of the abdomen.

An abdominoplasty starts with an incision that starts at one hipbone and carries over to the hipbone on the other side. A skin flap is created by the incision. The surgeon then separates the skin from the abdominal muscles, which are tightened in the process. This produces a firmer abdominal region, and a waistline that is narrower. The muscles are stitched into place, and the flap is folded down. The excess skin that is not needed any longer is taken away. The last step of the abdominoplasty is that the surgeon stitches the incision closed and applies the dressing.

A tummy tuck takes in the range of two to five hours to complete. The time can vary based upon the amount of work the surgeon needs to do. There are few risks connected to having this operation because it is a safe and effective procedure. The possible side effects include swelling and bruising. If you do experience any side effects, they should subside within seven to 10 days.

Having an abdominoplasty will leave you with a scar, but it will be as inconspicuous as possible because it will be located below the bikini line. The results of the operation will be successful and long lasting if you exercise on a regular basis and follow a healthy and well-balanced diet. This will allow you to have a toned abdomen for many years to come.

Not every patient requires fat and skin removed from the lower and middle abdominal area. Some people will not require the middle cut. This is something the surgeon will determine when he examines you.

You may wonder whether you should have a full and standard tummy tuck or a mini one? The doctor will discuss your options with you in complete detail. He will discuss the procedure with you, as well as the benefits and the potential risks.