What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is a procedure in cosmetic surgery that is used to tighten overstretched muscles and skin in the abdomen, in order to achieve a smoother, flatter appearance. This procedure is commonly known as tummy tuck. There are many factors that cause muscles and skin of the abdomen to stretch, such as, pregnancy or sudden loss of weight. If abdominal tissues become stretched beyond their capacity, they might not return to their original state even if you exercise regularly or maintain a proper diet. Tummy tuck is then used as a quick and effective solution for treatment of too relaxed abdominal tissue.
How is abdominoplasty performed?
Abdominopolasty can be performed by use of different surgical techniques, and is typically done under general anesthesia. Choice of the best procedure for every individual patient depends on factors such as the condition of the patient, the extent of the work to be done and personal preference.
Full abdominoplasty starts with horizontal incision made above the pubic area. Next incision is made around the navel The patient's skin is then separated from the abdominal wall. Loose abdominal muscles from the left and right flanks are then pulled by the surgeon, who then sutures them together, a process which yields a stronger and firmer abdominal wall and smaller waist. Surplus skin is then removed. New position for the navel is determined and a hole in the remaining skin is created. Incisions are closed by stitches and staples.
Partial abdominoplasty is less invasive than full abdominoplasty and is frequently performed with a local anesthetic and on an outpatient basis. Partial and full abdominoplasty can be done simultaneously with liposuction if additional layers of fat should be removed from the hips. This gives a much better looking body contour. Even liposuction may suffice, and these options should be discussed with the doctor.
Duration of the procedure is two to five hours, depending on what should be done.
After the operation
Recuperation time from the surgery is two to four weeks, depending mostly on the patient's strength, fitness level and overall physical condition.
Light exercise following surgery helps to reduce swelling, improves skin tone and decreases the possibility of developing blood clots. You should wait with more intense exercises until the surgeon approves so.
Abdominoplasty leaves scars, like all surgical procedures. These will eventually flatten out and lighten, thus becoming less pronounced. Still, scars are located in areas that are not generally visible.