A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to flatten and reshape the abdominal area by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles. Tummy tucks are popular procedure for men and women, particularly those whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy. You might choose to have a tummy tuck if you have skin that is accumulated around the area of your bellybutton and a weak lower abdominal wall. It can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen.
Having a flatter, firmer midsection can dramatically improve the way clothing fits and looks, helping you feel more confident and comfortable in your body. But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.
WHY YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER A TUMMY TUCK
- Aging, heredity, pregnancy, or massive weight loss have affected the shape of your abdomen.
- Diet & exercise have helped you lose weight, but your abdomen still protrudes and lacks tone.
- You feel that your protruding abdomen is unattractive.
- Your self-confidence is affected by your stomach contour.
- You are finished having children because during future pregnancy, the muscles that are repaired after a tummy tuck can separate again.
- Your weight is stable. If you are generally obese, this procedure is not a good option for you.
- You have always had a belly that sticks out, even though you are in very good shape.
- You do not smoke. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before surgery.
- You are in good general health. You must be in relatively good physical shape to tolerate this procedure.
WHO ARE THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are at a stable weight and in good general health. The best candidates for tummy tuck are those who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area that will not respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who have muscles and skin stretched after several pregnancies. A good candidate for this procedure should have a positive attitude and realistic expectations. It is best to be a non-smoker because smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery.
Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. Women who plan future pregnancies should wait too, since vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during a tummy tuck can separate again during pregnancy. Internal or external scarring from previous abdominal surgery may also affect your candidacy. In this case, the doctor may caution you that scars could be unusually prominent or may recommend against tummy tuck.
TYPES OF TUMMY TUCKS
No two patients share the exact same concerns or goals. A personal consultation with the doctor will determine the best option for you that will achieve your desired outcome and create natural-looking results with the least scarring possible. Here are some different approaches:
MINI TUMMY TUCK (FOR THE LOWER BELLY)
A mini tummy tuck is usually recommended for patients who bother from a loose skin and stretch marks below their belly button because it solely addresses the abdomen below the belly button. This technique is less invasive and provides a subtler result compared to a standard tummy tuck. Benefits of a mini tummy tuck include a shorter procedure, a quicker recovery, and a slimmer lower abdomen that looks better in swimsuits and fitted clothing.
During a mini tummy tuck, the surgeon creates a single incision in the pubic area, which will be placed as low as possible and can range from a few inches to the entire span of the abdomen based on how much skin the surgeon removes. Through this incision, the surgeon can remove excess skin and tighten loose muscles to restore a smooth, flat abdomen. Belly button repositioning is not necessary as this technique.