When we have excess fat and skin around our midsections, we may find diet and exercise are not enough to get rid of them. After we give birth, lose significant amounts of weight, or as we age, the skin around our midsections might not be in the shape we’d like. Sometimes surgical options are the way to get optimal results.
Looking Into Abdominoplasty
One surgical option is called a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. It can also be known as a mommy tummy tuck, because women sometimes choose to have this surgery after they have a baby, to improve their figure.
This procedure involves surgical removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal region. The skin that’s left is tightened, and the patient’s belly button is re-positioned.This leaves the patient with a smooth, flat stomach again.
A newer method of abdominoplasty is called the Brazilian tummy tuck . This method is in the same vein as traditional abdominoplasty, but has distinct differences.
This procedure still involves excess skin tissue and fat, but goes further to include intense liposuction of the abdominal wall, closing the abdominal muscles if they have spread apart, and tightening of deep skin and muscle layers to cinch in the waist and improve the patient’s overall shape more drastically.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Abdominoplasty?
Getting a tummy tuck or a Brazilian tummy tuck can be very helpful to patients who:
- Have excess skin and fat in their midsection
- Are within 20% of ideal BMI/ not clinically obese
- Do not plan to have more children
- Have reached the limits of what diet and exercise will do
Benefits Of Abdominoplasty
This procedure can have positive physical and emotional benefits to patients. Some of these benefits include:
- Increased self confidence
- Ability to fit clothes more comfortably
- Reduction of stress incontinence
- Improved posture
- Improved abdominal tone
- Possible correction of ventral hernia
As you consider your options, remember abdominoplasty is major surgery, especially if you choose a mommy tummy tuck and add other surgical procedures as well. When you plan your surgery, recovery must be a part of your plan. Some things to expect after abdominoplasty include:
- Drains to let fluid and blood out after surgery
- May require anticoagulant and antibiotics
- You can expect to wear an abdominal binder for six weeks
- Various restrictions on activities like lifting and driving
- Temporary dietary restrictions
You will be guided through recovery and if you heed doctors’ advice, it should go smoothly. Rate of recovery can vary based on things like: age,health,body weight, which procedure or procedures you had, and whether you smoke.
If you would like to learn more about your options, reach out to a trusted medical provider in your area to schedule a consultation today.