Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck
Everyone wants to look good with the slim and trim personality. Loose, unsightly bulges in the waist and tummy area are a common problem in women, especially after their childbirth or other surgical procedures. Abdominoplasty which is also called as “tummy tuck” can resolve contours of the abdomen by surgical removal of excess skin and underlying fat.
The final result is a flatter, firmer belly with desirable waist contours and desirable personality. It also helps in removing the stretch marks present in the lower abdomen and reduced by this procedure and also helps in strengthening the abdominal musculature which becomes loose and lax because of the following pregnancy period. The final scar following surgery is hidden in the panty line as in a caesarean section. There is no requirement for the admission in the hospital because surgery will only take a short duration of period.
The procedure involves excision of excess skin along with underlying tissue and repositioning of the umbilicus. Depending on the extent of laxity, the procedure can be a mini – abdominoplasty where the umbilicus is not repositioned or a total abdominoplasty with a recreation of the umbilicus. A compression garment will be prescribed to patients and they must be worn at all time for some period and exercises are prohibited for initial few weeks.
Who is an ideal candidate?
1. A lady with post pregnancy stretch marks and lower abdominal laxity post childbirth. Women who have had children often have loose, overhanging skin in the lower abdomen along with some amount of fat. In addition, muscles of the abdomen also become stretched out and weak following multiple pregnancies. The firm contour of the abdomen is often not restored even with weight loss and exercise and needs a surgical correction.
2. After massive weight loss following bariatric surgery as a measure to correct loose hanging skin which has lost its elasticity. Sometimes,the lax skin circumferentially extends to the back also. These patients are then candidates for a belt lipectomy. This is often combined with other procedures such as arm lift and thigh lift.
3. Muscle laxity post childbirths resulting in upper abdominal fullness is also corrected as a part of a full abdominoplasty. A ventral hernia or splitting of the muscles of the abdomen can occur as a result of pregnancy. This is corrected with muscle plication and repair during an abdominoplasty
Who is not a good candidate?
People who are significantly overweight need to slim down before contemplating and abdominoplasty. Also ,women who have not borne children or are still likely to have future pregnancies should not undergo this procedure. This is because the repair can breakdown during a pregnancy and skin laxity can recur.
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