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A Guide to Abdominoplasty

Mark Kohout - Monday, April 14, 2014
shutterstock_64652209Abdominoplasty, or a ‘tummy tuck’ as it is also often referred to, is a medical procedure by which the excess fat and skin is removed from the abdominal area through surgery. The muscles are also tightened to give the stomach a more toned, ‘flatter’ appearance. Abdominoplasty cannot be used as a substitute for diet and exercise. People who are planning to get pregnant or lose a substantial amount of weight should hold off on abdominoplasty until after pregnancy or the weight loss has occurred. The best candidates for this form of surgery are healthy women and men who have excess fat deposits or skin around the stomach area due to weight loss, or for women who have had several pregnancies and want to reduce the excess skin around their stomach and tighten their abdominal area. Important Facts About Abdominoplasty
  • The surgery itself can take anywhere from 1-5 hours. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may or may not be required to stay overnight. During the operation you will be under general anesthesia.
  • The results achieved by abdominoplasty are permanent, however this doesn’t mean that if you put on weight it won’t undo the work you’ve had done.
  • Although getting rid of stretch marks is not part of the treatment, these are often removed along with the area of excess skin.
  • There are two types of abdominoplasty - a full abdominoplasty and a partial abdominoplasty. The full abdominoplasty tightens the muscles and removes excess skin from the entire abdominal area, including the area around the navel. The partial abdominoplasty simply removes the skin from below the navel and only focuses on tightening the lower abdominal muscles.
  • Smokers are always at an increased risk for any form of surgery. If you are considering abdominoplasty, then you should try to quit smoking weeks before the surgery takes place.
Finding the right surgeon The first place you may want to start is your GP’s office. You can speak to your doctor about finding a suitable surgeon who performs this procedure. Alternatively, you can do your own research first online and read up on some of the cosmetic surgeons that perform abdominoplasty locally to you. During your initial consultation you should speak to your surgeon about their experience in this area of cosmetic surgery. After surgery After your abdominoplasty your stomach will be stitched and bandaged. Your surgeon will give you instructions to follow in order to ensure you heal properly, so it’s of paramount importance that you follow their advice. For 6 weeks after surgery you will need to limit the amount of strenuous activity you do, and you may need to take up to a month off work to be able to recover properly. All of this you can discuss further with your surgeon, who will be able to advise you of the measures you will need to take.
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