Excess weight can be difficult to get rid of, especially as you continue to grow older. The body can deposit fat in certain parts of the body, it can sometimes seem impossible to get rid of it. The abdomen is a common area of the body where fat deposits can easily accumulate, giving you a protruding tummy. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty may be the best solution to get rid of the sagging tummy and make it flat and firm.
About the procedure
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is used to get rid of excess skin and fat in the tummy and strengthen weak abdominal muscles. You can develop a protruding, loose stomach due to pregnancy, loss of weight, aging, or because of a previous surgery. You can also end up with a sagging stomach due to your genes. A tummy tuck therefore helps to flatten your stomach and make it firm and well-toned.
Who should get a tummy tuck?
The procedure is suitable for both women and men who are in good health, and for women that have undergone multiple pregnancies. Anyone who was previously obese and has lost a large amount of weight will also find the procedure useful. Women who are planning for future pregnancies should consider postponing the surgery because the technique will tighten your vertical muscles which end up getting separated again during pregnancy.
In a standard abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes a cut from one hipbone across to the other. The cut is made on the lower abdomen and the tissue, skin and muscles are shaped as required. A new position is then made for the navel.
A mini abdominoplasty is best if the unwanted fat is below the belly button. It is also suitable if you require more muscle repair than skin removal. A short incision is usually made below the belly button and the excess fat is removed. Tightening of the abdominal muscles is done, the skin is pulled down and the cut is stitched up. Usually, your belly button will not be moved when this technique is used.
During a body lift, also known as belt lipectomy, excess skin, tissue and fat is removed from the waistline, the hips and the back. The width of tissue or belt that is to be removed will depend on how much extra fat and skin you have. After unwanted skin, fat and tissue is removed from the belt area, the remaining tissue and skin on the upper part is stretched downwards, while the remaining tissue and skin on the lower part is pulled upwards. The results will affect the stomach, waistline, back, hips, thighs and buttocks.
An extended abdominoplasty is done if the excess fat and skin is around the abdomen and back. A 180 degree cut is made across the waistline and excess skin and fat is removed. The muscles are tightened and a new opening for the belly button is made.