Aesthetic surgery of the abdomen, also called abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is designed to firm and smooth your abdomen.
The procedure removes excess abdominal skin and may also reduce fat and repair the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter and contoured abdominal profile.
This operation is for women and men who have lax abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen. In some instances, rapid and substantial weight loss may cause the abdominal skin to become flaccid and cannot be corrected by other means.
Tummy tuck can also tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. This can result in herniation and protrusion of the internal gut contents which become more visible during straining. This procedure can also improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.
Tummy tuck enhances the body contour by making the abdomen firmer and flatter. The incision lines should fade over time but may be visible in susceptible individuals. Tummy tuck or "abdominoplasty" incisions are usually placed in locations concealed by bathing suits and undergarments.
Your cosmetic surgeon will examine your abdomen while you are standing as well as lying down. Your skin tone and degree of loose skin in the abdominal region will be assessed together with the amount of fat in your abdomen and the condition of your abdominal muscles. Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to smooth and flatten your abdomen.
Generally, a horizontally placed incision is made just within or above the pubic area and extended towards the sides. Redundant skin from above will be pulled down and removed. A part of the original belly button is preserved and used to recreate a new one. Skin of the lower abdomen that contains stretch marks is then removed. Any remaining stretch marks will be somewhat flattened and improved. The procedure may include repairing and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles.
This procedure is usually performed in a hospital under general anaesthesia and may be combined with liposculpture and even breast implants. Patients are usually required to stay under observation for 3 to 5 days.
The results that you achieve will undoubtedly vary depending on your individual condition and state of health. But a tummy tuck will generally enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter.
A common question from patients is "How long will the results last?“. Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your abdomen should remain firmer and flatter for many years. Then again, you need to combine it with a balanced diet and regular exercise.