Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, are a very popular option for many who have tried to drop those sagging excess skin on the abdomen. For some, the fat deposits on the skin is an inherited condition. For some others the skin become flaccid with a sudden weight loss leading to odd looks. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure used to remove extra fat and skin from the abdomen to make it look flattened. The procedure also helps to tighten the muscles of the abdomen. Many people opt for liposuction along with a tummy tuck. Understanding the basic facts of a tummy tuck would help you to decide whether to go for this procedure or not.
A tummy tuck is suitable for any healthy person, particularly for women who have had multiple pregnancies that lead to sagging, lifeless abdominal skin. A tummy tuck helps to tighten the muscles of the abdomen and to reduce the skin in this area. It is also recommended for men and women who have loose, flabby skin around the abdomen, particularly after weight loss. Obese people who have a good amount of fat deposits in the belly may also opt for this surgical procedure to have great looking abs.
Women who are planning to have children should not opt for this surgery too soon before having a child. This is because the surgical procedure tighten the muscles in the abdomen, which may be separated by pregnancies. And if you are planning to shed those extra pounds, a tummy tuck should be opted only after the weight loss. A ummy tuck can never replace weight loss. Some people may get abdominal scars after the procedure.
There are two types of tummy tucks – complete and partial. In complete abdominoplasty the surgeon may reposition the muscles, skin, and tissues of the abdomen based on the requirement. Partial abdominoplasty is recommended for those who have fat deposits under the navel.
There are few side effects associated with the procedure including:
- Pain and swelling after the procedure
- Bleeding under the skin
- Blood clots
In some cases, the healing process may be incomplete and lead to loss of skin or significant scarring. If you have any medical conditions it is better to discuss it with a doctor before deciding on the surgery.