How Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Surgery is Done

If you are concerned about your mid section, and cannot seem to get the flat, toned abs you want after continued exercise and maintaining a good diet, then you may be a candidate for abdominoplasty tummy tuck surgery. This procedure is designed to make the stomach area firmer by removing excessive fat and fatty tissues from the body. The removal of excess skin is also a reason to have this surgery done, and there are a few other reasons why abdominoplasty tummy tuck surgery may be for you.

If you have lost a significant amount of weight, and are trying to get rid of additional skin, then it may be a good idea to have this surgery done in order to even out the proportions of the body, and to help restore the natural contours of the waist and abdominal area. Women who have given birth and have loose skin and fat tissues after pregnancy may also want to consider abdominoplasty tummy tuck surgery.

There are a few different types of this surgery, so you will need to ask your doctor which method is best for you.

Complete Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck

This is for more extreme cases, where a large amount of fatty tissue or additional skin needs to be removed.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) by Dr Michael Miroshnik, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon

During the surgery, the doctor will make an incision just above the pubic area, which will stretch from hip to hip. After this, the navel is freed from the skin around it with another incision. Then, the skin is lifted, which will reveal the muscle and fascia that need to be tightened. Sutures, or stitches, are used to give the muscles in the abdomen more elasticity. Then, the excess skin is removed, and more stitches are needed to reconnect the skin back to the muscle and fascia.

Partial Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck

This procedure is not as invasive since only a smaller incision is made in the body, and the fat cells and skin in the lower abdomen area are the focus. In some cases, the patient's belly button will be made lower on the abdominal wall as a result of the surgery. This will give the body more symmetry. Patients can even receive extended abdominoplasty, in which the surgery helps to remove excess fat in the hips or thighs.

If you think that this surgery may be for you, then you will need to have a detailed consultation with your physician about the costs, risks, and recovery time for your liposuction.

You may also need to make certain changes to your diet, so that you will be able to heal faster. Eating lots of leafy green veggies, especially a few weeks before the procedure, can make it easier for your blood to clot, and staying away from aspirin and ibuprofen at least two weeks before surgery will significantly cut down on the bleeding you experience during the abdominoplasty tummy tuck procedure.

Updated: May 3, 2016
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