Also known as a tummy tuck, it is a surgical procedure where fat and skin that are in excess are removed. It will also involve the restoration of muscles that are weakened in the abdominal wall, thereby creating a smoother and stronger abdominal profile.
After the workout and dieting, and the loose but sagging stomach has refused to take shape, then abdominoplasty might be the best fit for you.
This procedure is not the same as liposuction. However, both surgical procedures can be combined for the desired outcome
- A man or woman who is in good health conditions and void of underlying health conditions is good to go.
- If in the past you were once obese and still have excess fat in and around the belly you want to get rid of.
- A mother who has had pregnancies in the past and is done with childbearing but need to reduce the skin around the belly or tighten their abdominal muscle
It is important to note that, this procedure is not an alternative for a weight loss plan. That is, if you have excess fat, a tummy tuck will not be an option. In such a case, a dietician should be involved. He or she would advise on the best plan for weight loss. Abdominoplasty will be the last option. Also, if you are suffering from a chronic condition such as diabetes, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30, abdominoplasty might be ill-advised by the surgeon.
Complete Abdominoplasty: An incision is made within the same level of your pubic hair. An incision will also be made around the belly button. The surgeon will shape the skin and muscle as needed.
Drainage tubes may or may not be used under your skin. The discretion as to when to remove the tube will be on your surgeon, and it can be removed in a few days.
Partial Abdominoplasty: This type of procedure is done on people with less excess skin. Shorter incisions are made, and the operation can last generally for more than one or two hours.
Circumferential Abdominoplasty: Both types as listed above have to deal with surgical procedures affecting the stomach. But here, surgery will also include the back region. There would be a removal of skin and fat from the hip and back areas.
If you require abdominoplasty, you will need to see a surgeon for a consultation. Your desired goals will be discussed, and the surgeon will try to get a sense of the possibility of surgery with minimal or no complication. In doing that, your medical history will be discussed, your lifestyle choice also, like if you smoke regularly, and also the type of medications you are currently on. Certain medications will have to stop for the surgery to go on, as well as quitting smoking entirely for the surgery.
Depending on your body form factor, either of the types of abdominoplasty listed above will be performed.
The surgeon will also inform you on how to get your home ready for after the surgery. It is important that in all stages as advised or instructed that it is adhered to.
General anesthesia will be administered. For the entire duration of the surgery, you will feel no pain and also be sleeping. The procedure can last anywhere from an hour to six hours, depending on the type of abdominoplasty employed.
After either of the procedures, the incision(s) will be stitched up and bandaged. A compression garment will be given to you to wear. In the same vein, you will also be shown the best way to sit or lie down to incur the least amount of pain.
A few days will be spent in the hospital to look out for early signs of complications and, at the same time, monitor your vitals. After which, you will be discharged. You are expected to adhere to all the surgeon will tell you right before or after being discharged or what you must have been told before the surgery (that is, during the consultation).
After the surgery, you will limit daily routine for at least six weeks and also avoid going to work for a month or more to give room for proper recovery
A new look will be dawning on you. Normalcy might not be the order of your day for weeks or even months, but stick to proper diets and exercise regularly to keep and maintain the new appearance.