Everybody wants to have a flat, firm tummy. However, in reality, few succeed. Every significant weight loss, pregnancies, and simple aging takes toll. The skin, particularly in the stomach area, becomes loose or excessive. Sometimes even to such extent that loose skin hangs over the waistline. No exercise program can correct it. Plastic surgery offers a solution.
The procedure is called abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. An incision is made across the lower abdomen, just above the pubis, in a so-called "bikini line", and around the belly button. The surgeon separates the excessive skin together with the fat tissue from the abdominal muscle layer beneath. After inspecting the muscles and repairing any irregularities, the surgeon pulls the excess skin downwards and from the sides towards the midline. After inserting the belly button into the new position, incisions are closed with sutures. The surgeon inserts small drain tubes to remove any fluids that collects after surgery and places you in a special supporting garment. The operation takes about two to three hours and is done under general anesthesia.
An overnight stay at the clinic is needed for your safety and comfort, followed by two to three days of bed rest. While in bed, legs must be bent in order to prevent strain on the treated area. After a day, the drain tubes are removed and you can walk and resume light physical activities. Recovery period takes on average three to six weeks.
The result of the procedure is quite apparent. A firmer and flatter abdomen is achieved by removing the excess skin and fat tissue. The waist also appears smaller. Even though all efforts are being made in order to minimize scarring, scars will remain. They will become lighter and flatter after six to nine months.
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