Sagging skin and muscles in the abdomen can occur due to several reasons, including lifestyle factors, pregnancy and childbirth, genes, and the aging process. Sometimes, exercise can be used to help tighten the muscles, but this method is typically unable to address loose sagging skin on the abdomen.
An abdominoplasty procedure, also known as a tummy tuck, is an effective plastic surgery option that is used to correct loose skin, drooping muscles, excess fat, and embarrassing stretch marks.
Who Can Get a Tummy Tuck Procedure Done?
The tummy tuck employs surgical techniques to remove excess tissue in order to make the abdomen trim and firm. So to get a tummy tuck done, it is essential for the patient to be healthy enough to recover from the surgery. A general medical examination will be performed in advance as part of a consultation to rule out any medication allergies and general lifestyle habits.
Generally, patients should have practical and feasible expectations in regards to the results of a tummy tuck procedure. Smokers are asked to quit smoking for a time before the procedure, since smoking can affect the health of the skin. This in turn affects the healing process and can increase the risk of various post-surgical complications.
For women, after two or more pregnancies, the stomach muscles might appear very loose. This can make it difficult to get a firm and toned abdomen even with the help of exercise. A tummy tuck can rejoin the sagging stomach muscles to create a tight and strong abdominal wall.
For those who once were overweight, a diet routine and strict exercise can help make the stomach muscles firm. However, depending on the elasticity of the skin, it may not have the ability to tighten again after weight loss. For those who have firm muscles but loose skin, a tummy tuck is ideal.
What to Expect from the Procedure
At the start of abdominoplasty surgery, a curved horizontal incision is created in the abdominal area. This incision stretches from hip to hip. Often, an additional incision is made around the bellybutton.
Excess fat and skin tissues are then removed, erasing certain stretch marks and tightening the region. The muscles of the abdominal wall are also tightened with the help of internal sutures. Once all the required tissue alteration has been completed, the skin is held taut and the incisions are stitched closed with the help of sutures.
The Post-Surgical Recovery Process
During a consultation, the surgeon will give the patient post-surgical care directions. The patient’s recovery and the quality of their results depend on how well the patient follows these directions.
Caring for the area where the incision was made helps to prevent infection. After a bandage is applied in the area, a compression garment should be worn for a time after the surgery. This helps the abdominal muscles and skin heal in their new positions correctly and prevents the collection of fluids.
Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks after the procedure in order to allow the weakened tissues to heal. If your work is physically taxing, it will be necessary to take a fair amount of time off from it. If not, less time will need to be taken off from work.
Make an Appointment for a Consultation
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Conrad Tirre will be happy to help you get the fit tummy you deserve with the help of a tummy tuck procedure. Schedule your consultation by contacting us today.