Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a treatment performed by plastic surgeons that consists of removing excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen, in addition to repairing and tightening the abdominal muscles. This allows for a flatter and firmer belly, as well as a better molded waist, taking into account the gender differences between men and women.
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The abdominoplasty allows to obtain a flat and firm abdomen
Abdominal surgery has aesthetic but also functional advantages, since it strengthens the muscles and allows strengthening the back.
Typically, patients who undergo a tummy tuck have experienced rapid weight gain and loss, or have gone through a pregnancy. In either case, the consequence is a significant accumulation of fat in the abdominal area and a distension of the skin in that area.
Which are the benefits of tummy tuck?Allows you to remove excess skin and excess fat.
- Strengthens the abdominal muscles.
- It allows to reshape the waist and leaves the belly flat.
- It improves posture and helps reduce lower back discomfort.
- It can be combined with other cosmetic surgery techniques (such as breast augmentation or breast lift)
How is tummy tuck performed?
Abdominoplasty is a procedure to remove fat and excess skin from the belly area, which, in most cases, also allows you to restore weakened or separated muscles. In fact, although the abdominal operation cannot correct stretch marks, they can be removed or somewhat improved if they are located in the areas of excess skin that will be removed.
We combine always liposuction with abdominoplasty, as we will get a much better contour and high definition of the waist.
Thus, on the one hand, abdominal surgery removes skin excess abd fat from the area, so the patient achieves a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. And on the other hand, it is a great benefit for the back, since it improves the functioning of what is known as the abdominal press.
In the latter case, lower back pain is reduced since the pressure on the intervertebral disc decreases by 20%. Likewise, correcting the weakness of the area reduces the risk of suffering lumbar hernias.
It is important to know that, like any other surgery, the incision of the tummy tuck will leave a scar (variable depending on the case) that may be covered by underwear. Tummy tuck removes the skin and fat from below the bely button. The skin above the umbilicus is pulled down and brought to the pubis. In this way we stretch out the skin. The belly button is in the same position as it was, but with a scar around it.
In addition, it should be borne in mind that the abdominoplasty does not consist of a surgical treatment to treat overweight, but rather a technique of removing excess fat and skin. In fact, the results of this abdomen surgery are permanent.
However, the positive result obtained after the procedure may be diminished by significant fluctuations in weight. For this reason, people who are planning significant weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies are advised to postpone the intervention.
How is recovery after tummy tuck?
The operation requires 2 nights of admission. Afterwards, rest is recommended for 7-10 days, after which you can begin to exercise moderately. After abdominal surgery, the patient may feel tightness in the belly area, since the abdominal muscles have been reinforced, but it is an effect that disappears in a few days.
During the two-month postoperative period, it will be necessary to use a girdle and massage the abdominal area to ensure greater elasticity in the skin. In addition, some patients may experience decreased sensitivity in the area, which also disappears over time. In very obese patients and smokers, healing may be delayed, especially in the suprapubic area.
Which potential complications could happen?
They are extremely rare and are related to unsightly scarring, small asymmetries, infection. Smokers are prone to a greater number of complications and therefore it is recommended that they quit the habit about two weeks before surgery and continue to avoid smoking for another two weeks after surgery. All patients will have to be treated with low weight heparin to prevent DVT and pulmonary embolism.
What is miniabdominoplasty? And full abdominoplasty?
If there is only a slight flacidity, we can remove a little of skin to faltten the belly below the belly button. If the muscles are not much separated (diastasis) and there is not much skin excess, this can give a good result. The resultant scar is slightly longer than a C-section.
But if the skin is hanging and there is flacidity and skin excess above the umbilius as well, a full abdominoplasty is necessary.