What is the tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty or ” tummy tuck ” is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss.
This situation of excess skin and relaxation of the abdominal wall usually occurs in patients who have had weight gain and subsequent loss or in women who have had several pregnancies.
After 9 months stretched, by a natural process due to the body’s memory, it returns to its original form. But the texture and the smoothness does not recover so easily. Imagine a hair band that after a thousand of times holding your ponytails has given of itself. After that it never returns to its original size. Well, now use this simile to understand what happens to the skin, especially in the belly area after being pregnant.
The tummy tuck achieves a flatter and firmer abdomen and a narrower waist.
Which patients would be ideal for abdominal surgery?
A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good health.
Women who have had several pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing skin.
A tummy tuck is also an option for men or women who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.
This intervention is performed with local anesthesia and sedation. The hospital discharge would be in 24 hours after the intervention. For better results after an abdomen surgery or tummy tuck it is generally advisable to wear a girdle around the abdomen during the first two or three weeks after the surgery.