A tummy tuck procedure, also called an abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from your abdominal area. It also helps you regain support in muscles that are weak from age or from separation from the abdominal wall.
When you undergo this type of plastic surgery, you gain a slimmer profile around your stomach that’s firm and youthful-looking. Tummy tucks come in at number five in the top five cosmetic surgeries performed in 2015.
For many people, no matter how much exercise or dieting they do, they can’t achieve a flat and toned midsection. Even if you’re thin, you can have a “pooch” in the front that sticks out, is loose, or sags. It’s not a flattering look, especially when the rest of your body is toned and tight. There are common causes of this type of protrusion including:
- Previous surgery
- Weight loss and gain
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck when:
- You are healthy with no medical issues that would interfere with healing.
- You are at a stable weight.
- You don’t plan to become pregnant.
- You are a non-smoker.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
- You want to have a tighter and firmer abdominal area.
What Can I Expect During a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
First, you are given either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. You and your doctor will discuss both options, and decide what’s best for you with this type of surgery.
Once you are comfortably sedated, the surgeon will make an incision that runs from your hip, down to the pubic hairline, and up to your opposite hip. The exact shape of the incision depends on how much excess skin is in this area.
The flap of skin is pulled back and underlying muscles are repaired. For some, another incision around the belly button is made to remove skin from the upper belly area.
Next, the upper abdominal skin is pulled down and any excess skin at the bottom is trimmed away. Then, the bottom of the flap is sutured together with the adjoining skin. An opening for the belly button is made, and the navel is then popped through the opening and sutured to hold it in place.
Your doctor may use sutures, skin adhesives, surgical tape or clips to close the skin incisions. Your doctor will discuss your options beforehand, so you’ll know what to expect.