Plastic Surgery Blog

If you’re considering abdominoplasty…

Many men and women go through situations where they are left with a little too much extra cushion around the belly. Things such as weight lose surgery, pregnancy or excessive weight gain that is not responding to diet or exercise often create situations in which a doctor will suggest abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, as a last resort option for excess fat and skin removal due to unavoidable circumstances.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin around the stomach and lower abdomen and restores weakened muscles in order to create a firmer abdomen. Often, even when women eat well and exercise, situations such as previous child birth, aging or prior surgery can cause the stomach to lose tone and become flabby. Men and women who have gone through weight lose procedures and are now left with excess skin will find that a tummy tuck is the next step for their weight losing process.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
During a complete abdominoplasty, the doctor will cut open the abdomen from one hipbone to the next. He will then contour the skin and muscles as is needed. The surgery will involve the belly button being moved and drainage tubes being inside the skin for several days. The entire procedure can take up to five hours. A partial or mini abdominoplasty is usually performed on individuals who contain fat deposits that are below the belly button. This procedure will not require the belly button to be moved and will take up to two hours. During both procedures, the patient will be put to sleep by general anesthesia. This will keep the patient unconscious during the entire operation so they do not feel any pain.

What are the Risks?
Every operation comes with risks. There will be pain after the procedure is complete that could last for several weeks or months. Although they are rare, complications such as infection, bleeding or blood clots can occur. A tummy tuck will leave scars and, although they will fade, they will never become completely invisible.

Through the tummy tuck procedure men and women have the chance to obtain new confidence despite unfair circumstances. Although it can sometimes seem drastic, the tummy tuck procedure is the saving grace for individuals who have tried everything to remove excess skin and fat and have nowhere else to turn.

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