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Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen 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.
How is it performed?
Depending on your desired results, this surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours. You will receive general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep during the operation. There are two options for a tummy tuck. You and the surgeon will discuss your desired results, and will then determine the appropriate procedure during your consultation.
Complete abdominoplasty: Your abdomen will be cut from hipbone to hipbone in this procedure, the option for those patients who require the most correction. The incision will be made low, at about the same level as your pubic hair.
Your surgeon will then manipulate and contour the skin, tissue and muscle as needed. Your belly button will have a new opening if you undergo this procedure, because it's necessary to free your navel from surrounding tissue.
Partial or mini abdominoplasty: Mini-abdominoplasties are often performed on patients whose fat deposits are located below the navel and require shorter incisions. During this procedure, your belly button most likely will not be moved. Your skin will be separated between the line of incision and your belly button.
*Disclaimer-"There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary from person to person."
Whether you're having a partial or complete tummy tuck, the area that's operated on will be stitched and bandaged. It's very important to follow all your surgeon's instructions on how to care for the bandage in the days following surgery. You will have to severely limit strenuous activity for at least two weeks.
People love how they look after this procedure. That can take time, though. You may not feel like your normal self for months after the surgery. Diet and exercise can help you maintain the results.