Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Both men and women who have lost a considerable amount of weight may now deal with excess skin pooling around their midsection. As a final step of the weight loss process, these patients often go to cosmetic surgeon
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck? Individuals who have lost weight and now exhibit hanging skin around their stomach may be ideal patients for a tummy tuck under certain conditions. It is important that patients be at a stable body weight, as further weight loss may result in the excess skin returning post-surgery. It is also important to be a nonsmoker to ensure a proper recovery. Finally, women who may become pregnant in the future are advised against tummy tuck surgery as pregnancy may undo the positive effects.
Following a tummy tuck, you should have a slimmer silhouette and many of your clothes may also fit better.
If you are interested in an overall body rejuvenation, a tummy tuck can be performed within a series of plastic surgery procedures, as part of a mommy makeover, which may include liposuction, breast implants and breast lift surgery to restore a pre-baby look.
What is involved in a tummy tuck? For most tummy tuck procedures, you will be given a general anesthetic and if the stomach muscles are to be repaired, you will receive a muscle relaxant, as well.
When beginning the procedure an incision just under your pubic line will be made and another just under the bikini or underwear line.
The skin between these incisions will be removed. The remaining skin will be pulled down from near your bikini line to meet the skin at your pubic line. This will create a more flat, toned-looking stomach. If necessary, stretched abdominal muscles will be repaired with sutures.
What are the recovery steps? As you recover from your procedure, you will wear a compression garment to maintain the new contours of your stomach.