Tummy tuck surgery often referred to as “Abdominoplasty” is designed to smoothen and add firmness to your abdomen giving you a slimmer and trimmer profile. Whether you’ve been left with excess skin on your tummy due to pregnancy or losing a large amount of weight, tummy tuck surgery could be your best option to get rid of an ‘apron tummy’.
A ‘saggy’ stomach is often the result of substantial weight loss or following pregnancy. You lose all the pounds but end up with a surplus of loose skin and fat. Many women also suffer weakened stomach muscles after pregnancy especially in the case of multiples. Abdominoplasty can help by tightening up those muscles, helping you to regain that flatter tighter abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can even eliminate some stretch marks especially those located below the navel.
A tummy tuck surgery can also remove stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen below the belly button. Liposuction may be used to improve the contour of flanks or hips. A tummy tuck may narrow the waist, but not the hips. To achieve a balance between the two the surgeon may recommend liposuction of the hips and thighs at the same time. Anyone planning on losing weight should do this before a tummy tuck. Significant weight loss after the procedure can result in even more excess skin.
Candidates for Abdominoplasty must abstain from all nicotine products and avoid secondhand smoke for at least six weeks before and after tummy tuck surgery, and refrain from taking aspirin three weeks before and after surgery.
Abdominoplasty entails removing most of the skin and fat between the belly button and pubic hair in a horizontal oval or elliptical shape. The fascia, which overlies the abdominal muscles, will be tightened with permanent sutures.
The skin around the belly button will then be repositioned. The belly button will be brought out through a small incision and sutured in its normal position. The incision from hip to hip above the pubic hair will be stitched together and will leave a scar that falls along the natural crease within the bikini line. The length and visibility of the scar varies from person to person.
Drains may be placed during tummy tuck surgery to prevent fluid collections (seromas). In some cases, drains are left beneath the skin for several weeks following surgery. Patients will be instructed how to empty and care for drains. They will also wear a supportive garment, called an abdominal binder, for four to six weeks after surgery. This helps prevent fluid buildup and provides abdominal support during healing.
Risks associated with Abdominoplasty include but are not limited to:
Normal aging or losing substantial weight can cause excess skin to accumulate in the upper arm and armpit. This excess skin often rubs together (chafes). An arm lift (Brachioplasty) removes excess skin between the armpit and elbow reducing chafing and allowing clothing to fit better.
The surgeon will make an incision between the armpit and elbow in a location that will best hide the scar. The excess skin is removed and drain tubes may be inserted. In some cases wide or raised scars may occur.
Risks associated with surgical procedures to improve body contour include, but are not limited to:
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