Abdominoplasty is also referred to as tummy tuck. It is a procedure that involves the removal of the excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. It also includes the tightening of the abdominal muscles.
Reasons To This Surgery
This cosmetic procedure deals with loose skin in your tummy area, which is usually apparent among those who have lost a lot of weight recently. The ideal candidates of abdominoplasty are those who are in good health and people who have tried to get rid of this problem through diet and exercise.
Women who have children and are uncomfortable with their sagging abdominal skin often want to have this procedure. There are a lot of mothers who have tried to remove it through natural means but got little to almost no results at all. However, this procedure is not advised for those who still wish to have more children because pregnancy will definitely reverse the intended effects of the surgery.
Obese women who have recently lost a lot of weight may also seek out this procedure. Most of these people would have a pannus, or an extremely large volume of sagging skin. Older people naturally experience or develop pannus because they lose their elasticity as they age. There are instances when abdominoplasty is performed after or together with other kinds of surgeries like hysterectomy.
Who Are Not Allowed To Get This Procedure
As mentioned earlier, women who still want to get pregnant or those who still need to lose a lot of weight after the procedure are discouraged from getting this surgery. Patients who firmly believe that they will have the perfect figure once they get this surgery are also dissuaded from getting one. Abdominoplasty is also contraindicated for heavy smokers, patients with past abdominal surgery, and those that cannot deal with post-surgical scars.
If you want to undergo this procedure, here are a few important things that you should know. Before anything else, you will be placed under general anesthesia. You will remain unconscious during the entire surgery, which may last between two and five hours. You will not experience any pain and you will not remember anything about the procedure. Because of the anesthetic, your muscles will remain relaxed and your surgery will be a lot safer.
An incision will be made across your lower abdomen. If it is a complete abdominoplasty, that cut would extend from the hipbone to hipbone. The excess skin will be drawn away from the abdominal muscles starting from the cut to the ribs. The surgeon will also make another incision to free the belly button. The vertical muscles will be stitched together to make it look tighter. Once that is done, the skin is stretched back and the loose skin and fat are removed. Your surgeon will make another incision and be used to stitch the belly button back into place. Excess fluids may form under the incision and that is why a temporary drain may be put in place to help remove it. The procedure will end with stitching all incisions made and covering them with dressings.