The stomach area is the most difficult to tone for many men and women. With age, childbirth, and massive weight loss, this area becomes almost impervious to dieting and exercising. Abodminoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can recontour the stomach and waistline, making it more attractive for men or women. A tummy tuck removes excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, and can also reposition abdominal muscles to achieve a tighter formation. After surgery, you will have a flatter and tighter stomach – no more saggy skin, lax muscles, or protruding belly.
General Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck is one of the more intensive cosmetic surgical procedures. Performed under general anesthesia, it can last anywhere from 1 to 5 hours. The more extensive the correction, the longer the procedure in general. A horizontal incision is made above the area of the pubic bone, and can extend around to the back if necessary. This allows the skin to be stretched away from the underlying tissue and for excess tissue (skin or fat) to be removed. Abdomen muscle tissue may be tightened to redefine contour, then the incision is closed.
A tummy tuck is ideal for women who have experienced pregnancy, after which the vertical separation of abdomen muscles can occur (diastasis).
On this video from a Miami surgeon you can learn more about this procedure called Tummy Tuck:
Recovery After A Tummy Tuck
A complete list of post-operative instructions will be given to you. Follow them closely to help your body recovery quickly and properly. You’ll most likely require plenty of rest and limit your movement. Dressings, applied immediately following surgery, will help the recovery process. Any discomfort experienced following surgery can be minimized with prescribed oral medication. Stitches may be removed soon after the surgery, however this depends on the extent of correction. You can expect to return to normal activities within 2 weeks, however it may take up to a year for your body to totally adapt to your improved abdominal area. Complications are rare, and can be minimized by following post-operative care instructions carefully.
You can maintain the results of your procedure by following a healthy lifestyle.