“Tummy tuck,” is the popular nick name for the surgical procedure known as abdominoplasty. Individuals seeks out this procedure in an effort to flatten the abdomen. A loose abdomen can result from many things including child birth, weight gain, age or lack of muscle tone. The tummy tuck procedure can remove some of the excess fat which clings to the abdominal area. In addition to this, during a tummy tuck loose skin can also be removed. Loose skin is a huge factor in many people’s decision to seek out this procedure.
Following child birth or periods of excessive weight loss, the skin around the abdominal area becomes loose and unsightly for many people. No amount of exercise can cure loose skin. Once skin has been stretched beyond its natural elasticity, it can not return to its former appearance. Having the skin removed and the area smoothed through plastic surgery is the only option in that type of situation.
Many women are also attracted to the tummy tuck procedure in hopes of removing stretch marks from their abdomen which resulted during pregnancy and child birth. The tummy tuck is a popular procedure for women who have completed their child bearing plans and want to restore their body to their pre-pregnancy shape and appearance.
In order to be a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure you need to be in good general health and preferably have completed your child bearing plans as a pregnancy following a tummy tuck could compromise your results. Good candidates are also non-smokers with relatively healthy amounts of body fat. If you have excessive body fat you may need to consider losing some weight before the tummy tuck.
Your tummy tuck procedure is actually quite simple. Your surgeon will make an incision right above the pubic mound. The length of the incision will depend on whether you having a full abdominoplasty or a mini- abdominoplasty. Your surgeon can advise you on which procedure will best suit your needs. Once the incision has been made the surgeon will then loosen the skin. Sutures will be placed into the abdominal muscles in order to tighten them. This is the flattening process of the tummy tuck.
Liposuction will then be used to remove excess fat in the abdominal area. The loose skin will then be tightened by stretching it down into the incision line. The excess skin will be removed. Lastly your surgeon will mark the appropriate location of the navel, and will create a new navel opening, redrapes the skin around this opening and sutures everything in place.