Men and women, who have experienced dramatic weight loss, often have excess amounts of skin around the abdomen. Women can also experience this condition as a result of pregnancy, making the abdomen soft and flabby. An abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck", can remove excess folds of skin and tighten your abdominal muscles to create a lean, flat and more well defined stomach. It can also diminish unsightly stretch marks. Because a diet and exercise cannot remove excess skin, abdominoplasty is the perfect solution to tone and refine the abdomen. The effects of a tummy tuck can be long lasting, provided you maintain a suitable weight.
a. Full Tummy Tuck Surgery: A full tummy tuck begins with incisions above the pubic area that extends between the hipbones. The abdominal muscles are pulled together and the excess fat is then removed. The navel is re-positioned to a more aesthetically pleasing position and the remaining skin is then draped and sutured in place.
b. Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery: If a partial abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck) is all that is needed, then a smaller incision is made, leaving the navel in place. The surgeon stretches the flap of skin down, removes excess fat and tissue and stitches the skin back into place. A mini is the perfect procedure for those individuals who only need a slight amount removed or revised.
- Tighten stretched abdominal skin
- Correct lower abdominal bulging
- Correct weakened abdominal muscles
Things to Know
- Anesthesia: Yes
- Duration of Surgery: Two to three hours
- Healing: Two weeks recommended. Hospitalization or care by a private nurse is customary the first evening. Drains are required for about the first week.
- Age Requirements: It is recommended that you have completely developed before undergoing this procedure