The medical term for tummy tuck is abdominoplasty. After weight loss or pregnancy, many people are left with excess fat and skin of the abdomen as well as weakened muscles of the abdominal wall. If only a small pouch of extra fat exists in the lower abdomen or flanks and the area has good skin tone, liposuction is a good choice for correction. Smartlipo can help more than ever before in borderline cases.
If fat, skin, and muscle all need to be corrected, Tummy Tuck would give the best result. This procedure involves lifting the loose abdominal skin, tightening the muscles, and removing the excess skin and fat. This creates a flat belly and a tighter waistline. While each procedure is different depending upon the situation, I usually trim the waist with liposuction as part of a tummy tuck.
While Tummy Tuck can yield very dramatic changes, it requires leaving a scar around the belly button and another one horizontally above the pubic hair. A patient considering this procedure should consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to determine whether their problem is best corrected by:
- Liposuction- Leaving only small puncture wounds
- Mini Tummy Tuck- Leaving only a line above the pubis
- Full Tummy Tuck- Leaving both a line around the pubis and belly button
This procedure is tailored for each person. Some need their flanks tightened for a smaller waistline. Others need only parts of the whole procedure. Tummy Tuck is done on an outpatient basis and take from one to two hours. Recovery to most activity is about a week. Strenuous abdominal exercise is usually resumed in 3-4 weeks.
Scarguard will help reduce the appearance of the resulting small scar. It can be found at many doctors’ offices and most pharmacies.