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Abdominoplasty Procedure

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Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure is cosmetic surgery to reshape and firm the abdomen. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by woman (who are not considering having any or more children) and individuals who have abdominal fat deposits which do not respond well to diet and exercise.

There are two types of abdominoplasty:

  • Complete. Requires from about two to five hours
  • Partial. Requires from about one to two hours

Abdominoplasty Procedures
A complete abdominoplasty involves five steps:

  1. An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area
  2. Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin
  3. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles to be tightened
  4. The skin flap is reattached with any extra skin being removed. A new hole for the navel is made and stitched into place
  5. All stitches are dressed and any excess fluid from the site is drained

A partial abdominoplasty involves three steps:

  1. A smaller incision is made
  2. The skin in removed between the incision and the navel. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed
  3. The flap is stitched back into place

Read More About Abdominoplasty

from the American Society of Plastic Surgery

Who is Eligible for an Abdominoplasty Procedure?

Abdominoplasty is another term for what is commonly known as a tummy tuck. It is different from liposuction, but the two are sometimes performed together in order to have the best results. An abdominoplasty procedure is a major surgery and will require you to be under anesthetic for the duration of the procedure. It will also require that you have enough time and help in order to recover afterwards. Here are some details about who should and should not consider a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure.

Don’t Do It If…

If you are overweight and have not tried other weight loss methods, start with changes to diet and exercise. Consider speaking with a nutritionist or joining a diet plan that has support so that you can change your habits permanently and lose the weight in a healthy way. After you’ve tried everything, and if you do lose a lot of weight but still have that little belly that won’t go away, then you should reconsider an abdominoplasty procedure.

Women who have not had children and would like to have them one day, or women who are considering having more kids, should wait until they are done having children to have an abdominoplasty procedure. Abdominoplasty often changes the way the muscles in the abdomen work and look, which is also affected during pregnancy.

Yes, You Can!

If you are in otherwise good health, if you’ve tried to lose the weight in other ways, and if you’ve considered other options, a tummy tuck may be right for you. Women and men can have an abdominoplasty procedure done. Usually tummy tucks are done in order to get rid of excess fat and skin that is a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Talk to a surgeon about your options for abdominoplasty procedures.

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