Sagging abdominal skin can be the result of significant fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, and the natural aging process. Excess fat on the abdomen can also remain after after giving birth. Some people may not be able to lose all that undesirable tummy fat as it can be very difficult to reduce with diet and exercise alone.
Many people are also likely to hold fat in the abdominal region due to hereditary factors. For such problems, an abdominoplasty can be the ideal solution.
Details About the Abdominoplasty Surgery
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) helps to correct saggy skin and removes excess fat from the abdomen. It is a useful surgery that is very effective in addressing common issues in the abdominal region such as a protruding abdomen or excess skin that is loose and hanging from all sides. It is also ideal for anyone who wants a toned abdomen, but is unable to flatten or tighten the tummy with diet or exercise.
It can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction if the fat deposits are significant. You can opt for a partial or full abdominoplasty depending on your requirements.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
The full procedure covers the entire abdominal region. Your doctor will access the skin and fat for removal through incisions near the hipbone. He will then remove any excess fat and skin and then tighten the remaining skin for a more toned tummy. Your belly button may need to be repositioned as well to fit within the new contours of your body. Once the skin is pulled over the abdominal wall, your doctor will close the incisions.
For the mini or partial abdominoplasty, your doctor will work on the area below the navel. It is ideal for those who only have excess fat or loose skin in the lower tummy area. The incision is smaller and during the surgery your doctor may not be required to reposition the belly button. It’s great for those who require less extensive corrections.
Recovery and Results
An abdominoplasty is a major procedure that requires proper recovery time. You will need to follow post-surgical care instructions such as resting appropriately, avoiding heavy physical work until recovery, and the use of certain medications, if any. If you smoke or drink, you will also need to refrain from doing those for a few weeks before the surgery and after the surgery is completed to avoid any unnecessary complications.
The results provided by an abdominoplasty can be truly drastic. The abdominal wall will be tighter than before and your tummy will be flatter and more defined. If you follow a healthy lifestyle, you can maintain the new contours of your body for a long time to come.
If you are keen on having an abdominoplasty, you should consult with an experienced plastic surgeon who has a successful history of performing the procedure. You can discuss your goals and expectation from abdominoplasty clearly with your doctor.
Depending on your needs, your doctor can suggest the type of abdominoplasty most suitable for you and any additional procedures you might need for the best results.
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You deserve to look and feel your absolute best at all times. If the look of your stomach is causing you to lose confidence in your body, then it’s time to consider a tummy tuck. To learn more about the surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation with skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Wagner today!