A Solution for Loose Skin in the Stomach Region
Are you struggling to get rid of excess fat from around your midsection or lower torso? Have you recently lost significant weight and are ashamed by redundant skin? The Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to remove this skin and fat from the abdominal area. Weight loss in large proportions will more often than not leave skin stretched and folds protruding, neither of which is very aesthetically pleasing. Whether you lost the weight through pure exercise or through bariatric options the aftermath is usually same, often patients are left disappointed with their weight loss journey having gone through so much and find that they are still unhappy with themselves in the mirror. People find themselves caught off guard, often thinking that just losing weight should be the end of it but instead arrive at another road block.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery might be the solution for you!
If you’ve experienced massive weight loss and find yourself suffering from core weakness and/or abdominal tissue laxity (stretched stomach tissue) there may not be an easy fix, more often than not no amount of diet or exercise can correct these issues as all the exercise in the world cannot firm and tighten skin.
Abdominoplasty surgery is designed to combat this issue by removing excess skin and fat from the upper and lower abdominal regions, as well as tightening the stomach muscles.
The tummy tuck operation is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic/cosmetic surgeons
Tummy tuck procedure is among the most common plastic surgery procedures in the world and is widely performed by plastic surgeons perform around Australia.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
The aim of the abdominoplasty is to remove sagging skin and excess fat from the stomach area. On top of this, the abdominoplasty can also double as a partial reconstructive surgery repair of any separated abdominal muscles and the correction of abnormalities caused by obesity, pregnancy, trauma ect. Benefits from the abdominoplasty include:
- Improvement of posture and abdominal toning – the surgical strengthening of the stomach muscles flattens the stomach while improvement in back support is expected due to tightened muscles around the spine.
- Correct abdominal abnormalities – caused from a range of situations including pregnancy, obesity, weight loss, trauma, medical issues ect.
- Restoration of curves – improved balance of waist-to-hip ratio in order to bring out your feminine curves.
- Improved body image and confidence – A toned stomach of your dreams will help you feel better about yourself as there should be no reason to be ashamed of your belly anymore.
- More freedom when hunting for clothes – There will be no more need for you to hide and cover your abdominals leaving you open for more wardrobe options/choices.
What to Expect from a Tummy Tuck procedure?
The tummy tuck procedure is considered to be an invasive procedure (as it requires incisions into the tissue) and is generally completed in anywhere from 2-5 hours depending on the complexity and if any other procedures are completed in the one operation. Patients are put under general anesthetic for the duration of the operation in order to keep the patient unconscious, leaving the patient’s muscles relaxed in order help reduce the risk of issues or complications. Due to the anaesthetic, the patient will have no recollection/memory of the procedure.
Once the patient is under anaesthetic the procedure can begin by making an incision at the pubic line spanning from hip bone to hip bone and the skin is then lifted off the abdominal muscles stretching to the lower ribs. Another incision is then made to cut out the belly button so it remains in place while the lifted skin is pulled downwards to the pubic line. Excess skin and fat are then cut away, tightening the stomach with a final cut being made to create a hole for the belly button. the remaining lifted skin is then stitched to both the pubic line and the newly formed belly button hole. A temporary drain may be placed below the incisions in order for removal of excess fluids from the incisions.
Patients can expect a hospital stay of around 1-2 days following the operation. You will likely encounter discomfort and pain in the stomach area after the procedure which should be further managed with a combination of the surgeon and pain relief, most patients experience little to no pain in around 2-4 weeks. It is expected that a minimum of 2 weeks are to be taken off work, if your job requires any heavy lifting or moving then it is expected to take up to a month off.
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