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What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty or Lipectomy is a surgical procedure that consists of rebuilding the abdominal wall, removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tensioning the abdominal wall muscles and reshaping the waist, abdomen and trunk of the body. Usually the treated areas are under the umbilicus.
Many people want to achieve a flat and toned abdomen with exercise and weight loss, however these methods may not achieve our goals.
Lipectomy is the surgical procedure used to remove excess skin from the abdomen.
Who are the best candidates for a Tummy Tuck?
Overweight individual who underwent gastric sleeve surgery
People who had a significant weight loss
People with abdominal flaccidity
Women who have had one or more pregnancies etc …
This surgery is performed in the operating room under general or epidural anesthesia. It is not a procedure for weight loss or a treatment to eliminate stretch marks.
What a tummy tuck won’t do:
Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Also, tummy tuck operations cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally the treated areas below the belly button.
A Tummy Tuck is usually performed in an outpatient facility or in a hospital, under general anesthesia. Bed rest is recommended for the first day. If drains are used, they may remain for 2 to 4 days until discharge fluids decrease. Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect to minimize swelling after tummy tuck surgery.
Who Gets a Tummy Tuck?
This surgery is designed for women (and men) who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdomen. The upper and lower abdomen may bulge outward. The lower abdomen may also have a flap of skin and fat that hangs down over the pubic area. Excess fat in the abdomen may cause the stomach and waist area to lack definition.
Patients often find that this specific region of their body is resistant to sculpting from weight loss and exercise. That stubborn “pooch” remains no matter what they do. For some, the cause is hereditary or a natural result of the sagging and loss of tone that comes with age. For others, pregnancy or weight fluctuations are the underlying cause. Whatever the reason for a bulging tummy, the candidate for abdominoplasty seeks a smoother, more streamlined and youthful figure.