An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, as they are more commonly referred to, is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve the appearance of the abdomen.
During the procedure, excess fat and skin are removed from the midsection and connective tissue is tightened, giving the abdomen a tighter, more toned appearance. People choose abdominoplasty if they have recently lost excessive weight, if they have excess skin in and around the belly button, or a weak abdominal wall that results in a distended lower abdomen. Patients report favorable results, most notably that their confidence and appearance are renewed and refreshed once more.
Why people undergo abdominoplasty
People choose abdominoplasty for many reasons. Some choose to eliminate excess fat and skin because they have had significant changes in weight. Others who have undergone pregnancy and c-sections may wish to tighten and tone the look of their abdomen. The effects of aging and natural body types may cause the abdomen to be distended, and in these cases, this cosmetic procedure is intended to slim and tone the look of the abdomen.
Is abdominoplasty only for moms?
While some would argue that the majority of tummy tuck patients are women who have had children, there are plenty of other people who would make excellent candidates for surgery. Plastic surgery is now being widely accepted in circles of young and old, male and female, and it is not uncommon to see people from all walks of life that have had an abdominoplasty with excellent results.
Who else is going in?
In general, everyone who has excess fat and skin around their midsection is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Diet and exercise often are not enough to shape and tone the abdomen, and surgery is a great alternative to hours in the gym.
Anyone who is in good health can undergo an abdominoplasty; those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer should not attempt additional surgeries, as this could cause dire health consequences. If you have concerns about your medical history, speak to your doctor about whether a tummy tuck is right for you.
Even if you have never had children, you may have concerns about loose, sagging skin around your abdomen and weakened muscles that lead to the dreaded pooch around the midsection. A qualified plastic surgeon will be able to address your concerns and tighten up the skin, remove fat, and repair muscle walls if necessary, making your abdomen sleek and attractive once more.
Men and women who have lost weight through conventional means or via bariatric surgery are also good candidates for abdominoplasty, as they are likely to have loose, sagging skin around their midsections. You should be at or near the end of your weight loss journey and have been able to maintain a healthy weight for 12 months or more to qualify for a successful surgery.
Risks associated with abdominoplasty
Undergoing this procedure, even if it is considered a mini tummy tuck, poses some risks.
- You may accumulate excess fluid in the abdomen after surgery. Your doctor will place drainage tubes which will reduce the risk of retention, but they do pose additional risks for infection. Keep a close eye on them for the first few days after your procedure to ensure that everything is healing well.
- You may experience infections. At times, a wound will open up, or fail to heal fully, which increases your risk for infection. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help reduce the risk of infection.
- You may experience tissue damage or tissue death. The process of abdominoplasty produces scar tissue, which in extreme cases, can lead to tissue damage or death. This can cause changes in skin feelings and sensations, and it may lead to long term damage of nerves in your abdomen. See your doctor immediately to ensure that everything is healing properly.
Abdominoplasty is not just for moms, it’s for everyone who wants to improve their health, their appearance, and get a new, more confident lease on life.
What to expect from your procedure
After your procedure, your abdomen and belly button will likely be sore for several days. Rest, follow the doctor’s orders concerning taking medications, and call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Bleeding, drainage or pus from the incision sites
- Unusual, severe pain or discomfort in the abdominal area
- Fever, nausea, or vomiting, indicating the presence of infection
Following your care team’s instructions and taking plenty of time to rest will ensure that you are up and running with your svelte new self in no time.
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