It is not uncommon to feel self-conscious about extra skin and fat deposits on your face, neck, arms, abdomen, or legs. Try as you might with exercise or weight loss programs, nothing seems to tighten and firm the area the way you want. Today, you can achieve the look you desire through cosmetic surgery techniques such as abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) and liposculpting. Each offers distinct benefits for your specific patient group.
If you have loose abdominal skin from pregnancy or significant weight loss, you may be a candidate for an abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck.” During the procedure, an incision is made above the pubic area. Skin is stretched down across the stomach, and the excess is removed. The underlying muscle is then tightened, or recontoured. The resulting scar is covered by all but the briefest swimwear.
A formal abdominoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. In this procedure, an incision is also made around the “belly button” to allow it to be re-positioned once the excess skin has been removed. Afterwards, an elastic binder is worn for several weeks. Although it is possible to go back to work after 7 to 10 days, complete recovery generally requires 2 to 4 weeks.
This is a shorter procedure that may or may not require repositioning of the “belly button.” This procedure is reserved for patients with less skin excess, and involves a shorter recovery time.
If you have relatively normal weight with weak muscles and excess or wrinkled skin you are a good candidate for this procedure.
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