Abdominal fat can sometimes be hard to lose with just diet and exercise.
No area of the body is more frustrating than the stomach. As we go through normal physical changes, such as childbirth, weight fluctuations and the aging process, excess skin and fat find a way to accumulate around our stomach. Unfortunately, as many people find out, exercise and diet can prove to be unsuccessful at reclaiming the curvaceous waist of our youth.
Known medically as an abdominoplasty the more commonplace term “tummy tuck” is defined by tightening of muscles and removal of excess skin and fat in the abdomen.
One of the most common plastic surgery procedures, the tummy tuck naturally counts celebrities among its fans.
Tummy tucks are quite effective, according to research, with the majority of those who choose to have this surgery are happy with the outcomes. The procedure can also be used to heal damaged or weakening abdominal muscles, tightening the stomach even more and assuring long-term effects.
A tummy-tuck can be combined with other body sculpting cosmetic operations, such as breast surgery, to achieve the best results. If you’ve had liposuction to remove fat from your abdomen, you may want to consider a stomach tuck because liposuction only removes tissue just beneath the skin and fat, not any excess skin.
A tummy tuck is done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During a tummy tuck, you’ll be under general anesthesia — which makes you completely unconscious and unable to feel pain. In some cases, you might be given a pain-relieving medication and be moderately sedated (partially asleep).
There are several different procedures for a tummy tuck, depending on your goals and the extent of change you would like to see. During the typical tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon makes incisions to remove most of the skin and fat between your bellybutton and pubic hair in a horizontal oval or elliptical shape. Connective tissue (fascia) that lies over the abdominal muscles is then tightened with permanent sutures.
The amount of excess skin removed and the type of procedure you have will determine the shape and length of the incision.
Your plastic surgeon will also reposition the skin around your belly button. Your belly button will be brought out through a small incision and sutures in its normal position.
The procedure typically takes about two to three hours.
After a tummy tuck, your abdominal incision and bellybutton will likely be covered with surgical dressing. Small tubes might be placed along the incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid.
Members of your health care team will help you walk as early as the first day after a tummy tuck to help prevent the formation of blood clots.
You’ll likely be given pain medication. It’s normal to have swelling in the surgical area.
You’ll wear a supportive abdominal garment (abdominal binder) for about six weeks after your tummy tuck. This helps prevent fluid buildup and provides abdominal support while you heal.