Is abdominal workout just not giving you the flat and taut tummy you desire? If you've too much flab or loose pendulous skin in your abdomen that doesn't respond to diet or exercise, you may consider for abdominoplasty, popularly known as a tummy tuck. This surgical procedure flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin from the lower abdomen, and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is different from liposuction; however your surgeon may perform liposuction as part of a
tummy tuck. This is a major surgery, so if you're considering it, you should know the facts before you decide whether to go forward.
Are You a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good health.
You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have one or more of the following conditions:
If you are a male or female with excess fat in the abdominal area, in combination with loose skin and/or weakened muscles (bulging abdomen) and hanging fold of skin.
If you have stretch marks and hanging skin fold following child birth.
If you were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly (post bariatric Surgery).
Who Should Not Consider a Tummy Tuck?
If you're a woman who is still planning to have children and who has not completed her family, then you should not consider a tummy tuck until you're through bearing children. Because during surgery, your abdominal muscles will be tightened and future pregnancies can separate these muscles and cause a hernia.
Are you planning to lose a lot of weight? Then a tummy tuck also is not for you. A tummy tuck should be a last resort after you've tried everything else. It should not be used as an alternative to weight loss.
It's important to note that a tummy tuck gives you scar in lower abdomen.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
This scar is usually long and might be prominent. Your doctor will discuss all these options with you when you go for the consultation.
In a traditional tummy tuck, an incision is made above the pubic area in the "bikini line," extending outwards on each side towards the flanks
(the incision can use a pre-existing transverse caesarean-section scar). The length of this lower abdominal incision is determined by the amount of
excess skin. Another small incision is made around the belly button (umbilicus), allowing improved tightening of the upper abdomen. The skin is then
dissected up toward the rib cage, the muscle is tightened, the belly button is repositioned and excess skin is removed. The abdominal muscles
are exposed and tightened, flattening the abdomen. If present, hernias or 'rectus diastases' (often present following pregnancy) can be repaired.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, for the patient's comfort and safety. The procedure itself requires anywhere from two to four
hours to perform. Drains are most often used and are removed several days following the procedure. An abdominal binder is used for comfort and wound
care for two weeks after surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon may also recommend combining liposuction with your tummy tuck procedure for the best results.