Using a Tummy Tuck to Recontour the Stomach
Are you having a difficult time getting rid of sagging skin and excess fat on your stomach? This condition is not only embarrassing, it’s unattractive as well. It can make you insecure about your looks and even impact how you dress. If you don’t like the way your stomach looks and want to make a change, an abdominoplasty can help you.
An abdominoplasty is another name for a tummy tuck. It is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to recontour your abdominal region. Men and women alike choose to undergo the procedure when excess skin and fat and loose muscle tissue begins to sag and look unattractive.
Which Factors Cause Loose Skin to Appear on the Abdominal Region?
There are a variety of factors that can cause excess skin to appear on your stomach. You may experience loose skin if:
• You’re a mother who recently went through childbirth.
• You’ve recently lost a lot of weight from diet and exercise.
• You’re aging and your skin is beginning to lose its elasticity.
Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
The best candidates for a tummy tuck procedure are people who have excess skin and fat on their abdominal region, along with sagging muscle tissue.
A tummy tuck can help men and women who aren’t happy with the way their stomachs look. If you have trouble getting rid of excess skin and fatty tissue and want to achieve a more attractive look, you’d make a great candidate.
It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck isn’t the ideal solution for everyone. You must be in good health and have realistic expectations about the results.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Your plastic surgeon will discuss the length of your incision during your initial consultation. The incision length is determined by the amount of fat and skin that needs to be removed. Your surgeon may also draw out the boundary of the required incision on your abdomen with a marker to give you a visualization of the procedure.
During your abdominoplasty procedure, your surgeon will make an incision to gain access to tissue deposits and abdominal muscles. The excessive fat and skin on the abdominal wall is removed. The surgeon then targets the skin present between the navel and the pubic area. The abdominal wall skin at the navel is extended downwards and stitched close to the pubic area.
Tummy tuck patients usually like to stay overnight at the hospital or clinical facility after the procedure. This helps the doctor track progress while ensuring that things are going smoothly as planned. Your surgeon will likely apply elastic bandages/dressings to the incisions or use a compression garment to minimize swelling and support healing.
Patients who undergo a tummy tuck should expect recovery to take up to two weeks. You should also refrain from doing extremely strenuous activity for three to six weeks. Walking, however, is recommended, since it can minimize post-operative complications.
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Having loose skin on your stomach isn’t the end of the world. To learn more about a tummy tuck procedure, you should contact The American Institute for Plastic Surgery. Together, we can discuss your goals and determine the best way to achieve them.