Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty
A protruding abdomen may be a cause of dissatisfaction for women. This may be due to an excess of fat, weakness of the abdominal muscles , preagnancies , and the decrease in the tonification of the skin that no longer responds to diets or exercise. For the cases where a significant loss of weight has been experienced, the only alternative to eliminating that sagging skin is surgery.
An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the abdomen that bulges. This is achieved by adjusting the muscles of the abdominal walls and removing the excess fat and skin. This procedure is very common, and is of great benefit to those women that suffer from a bulging abdomen.
Patients that have been stabelized in their program for weight loss or those that feel that they have reached their ideal weight , are the best candidates for an abdominoplasty.
Bedrest is recommended for the first 5 days. The majority of the patients experiment some tingling in the abdomen , and this may last up to a year. Any pain or discomfort ,product of the surgery, may be controled with oral medication. I use drains that will stay in for five days or more or until the fluid discharge lessens. The sutures are absorbec by your organism, nevertheless the bandages will be kept for a longer time. A special abdominal support will be used for 6 weeks after the surgery. During your recuperation your should not engage in extenuating physical excercise . The majority of the patitents go back to work after 2 or 3 weeks depending on the grade of the surgery.
There are three basic techniques for the sliming of a bulging stomach. The best technique for you, will depend on your specific problem.. Liposuction alone, may produce a slim abdomen for some. If the flacid or sagging skin is below your belly button , a mini-abdominoplasty will be enough for your. For those who suffer from severe flacidness of the abdominal muscles or excessive sagging skin, a complete abdominoplasty will be the solution.
An abdominoplasty is usually done under spinal anesthesia and it involves an incission around the belly button and another that could go from hip to hip. Your entire abdominal wall is adjusted with permanent sutures and the excess of fat and skin are removed. After the surgery it is usual to experiment a significant loss of weight, due to the decrease in the ingestion of food provoked by the adjustment of the abdominal wall.