Abdominal SculptingTummy tuck surgery performed by Doctors Plastic Surgery can restore a youthful appearance to the midsection and a desirable abdominal contour. The appearance of the midsection plays a significant role in a person’s overall figure. The stomach is centrally located and tends to store extra fat as a person ages. This area is especially prone to stretch marks, the separation of muscles, and stubborn adipose tissue deposits, and it often can be difficult to sculpt, even with a solid diet and exercise regimen. Problematic tummy areas affect both women and men for different reasons. Women who have been pregnant with children experience an extreme stretching of tissues in this area to accommodate the growing baby. Mothers who have been pregnant with multiples (like twins or triplets), as well as women who have been pregnant numerous times, are especially susceptible to the abdominal changes associated with childbearing. Men are affected by expanding waistlines as they age. In fact, this is where most men tend to store extra weight. The body’s metabolism naturally slows as we age, and life commitments can infringe upon time spent in the gym. Both genders may experience rapid weight loss, which can result in a flabby stomach in need of cosmetic surgical repair.
Why Undergo a Tummy Tuck?While healthy living can tone certain areas of the body and lower the body mass index, it cannot address loose skin. Once the abdominal skin has been stretched to its maximum extent, surgical intervention is required to restore the area. The tummy tuck reforms the abdomen from the inside out by first addressing deeper muscle structures and then removing excess skin. Many women who choose the tummy tuck are looking to restore their bodies to its pre-baby condition. These cases are often dubbed the “Mommy Makeover” and can be coupled with a breast surgery, such as breast augmentation or breast lift, to transform the areas of the body most affected by pregnancy. Both women and men want to feel more attractive, and a tummy tuck can effectively tighten the abdominal region of the body to create a slimmer, firmer, more appealing midsection.
How is the Tummy Tuck Performed?Abdominoplasty, the technical term for the tummy tuck procedure, involves treatment of the stomach area at the structural level. The doctor creates an incision, which can typically be hidden by a person’s clothing (including underwear and bathing suit bottoms) to gain access to the deeper tissues. Depending on which type of tummy tuck a patient elects to receive, a specific area of the abdomen will be manipulated. A full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty treats the entire abdomen, including the area above the navel, while the partial tummy tuck or abdominoplasty treats the lower section of the abdomen below the belly button. Liposuction may also be employed for extra fat removal of the abdomen. The tissues (skin and fat) are separated from the muscle wall, exposing the abdominal muscles and fascia, which can be surgically altered to create a tighter structure. Loose abdominal muscles will be positioned more closely together and secured by sutures. Extra fat can be excised from below the skin to remove the adipose tissue that has accumulated in this region. The skin of the abdomen is then stretched taught, and extra skin is trimmed away. The suture is closed and the procedure is complete.
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