Abdominoplasty improves the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess of fat and skin and stretching the muscles for patients with bags of fat or loose skin who have not responded to traditional diet and exercise, including those who went through weight loss or women with stretched skin and muscles as a result of pregnancy.
After an extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies, the stomach muscles may relax, and diet and exercise alone can not help. A tummy tuck surgically tightens weak muscles, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen.
The procedure takes approximately two to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia. First, the skin and abdominal flanks are reshaped with liposuction. After the abdominal skin is lifted from the abdominal wall and tightened, the excess skin is removed and the wound closed. The navel is then relocated if necessary.
With a healthy lifestyle, consisting of regular exercise, diet, avoiding significant increases in weight or pregnancy, the results achieved by surgery will remain.
Tummy tuck helps flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and fat and at the same time tensing the abdominal muscles. This is in contrast to liposuction, which is the removal of fat without removing the skin.
There is no scar-free surgery. In fact, the scars can be quite severe depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed, the ability to heal from your body, and the technique used. Always try to leave a scar that can be covered with a standard bikini. Be sure to consult about the types, techniques and locations of incisions for tummy tucks in your practice.