An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as the ‘tummy tuck’ procedure is a surgical method that increases the firmness of the abdomen. This body contouring procedure works by getting rid of the extra fat and skin accumulated in the middle and/or lower regions of the abdomen which in turn tightens the tissue and muscle lining the walls of the abdomen. There are a many kinds of tummy tucks performed today including complete, partial, extended, high lateral tension, floating and circumferential abdominoplasties. The cost on average for this procedure, in 2013, was a little over 5,200 US dollars but actual costs may vary considerably due to the numerous variations in the procedure itself.
How is abdominoplasty done?
This describes the procedure for the ‘complete’ tummy tuck: At the start of the operation, a cut is made from one hip to the other directly over the pubic region. A secondary cut is made so that the naval can be freed from the skin that surrounds it. The now completely loose skin is removed from the wall of the abdomen so that the tissue and muscle are exposed and can be made tight using sutures. At this stage, liposuction is frequently employed to improve the shape of the abdomen. All extra fluid is drained from the affected area it is treated with a dressing.
Benefits of abdominoplasty:
The surgical procedure has a number of aesthetic benefits that make it a viable pursuit for both women and men, especially those concerned with the appearance of their stomach.
- Abdominoplasty can improve the shape of a woman’s body after she has gone through pregnancy.
- It can be used to get rid of the excessively drooping skin that can occur due to sudden loss of weight. Also, those people who plan on deliberately and rapidly losing their body mass, should consider this procedure in the near future.
- It can make the recipient’s waistline more comely, should they be unsatisfied with how it currently looks.
- It can smoothen the curves of the abdominal region including thighs, flanks and waist.
Besides its effect on your looks, an abdominoplasty has a couple of health benefits that are often overlooked:
- It can eliminate back pain that is caused by abnormally massive fat deposits on the lower abdomen.
- Because it removes extra skin, this procedure gets rid of skin problems that are caused by overhanging skin e.g. rashes, fungal infections etc.
- Abdominal fat is considered one of the important reasons in getting diabetes. It causes insulin resistance so removing this fat decreases chances in getting diabetes. If you are already having diabetes, removing the excess abdominal fat decreases the dose of the drugs needed for the treatment of diabetes.
Celebrities who have employed this surgery:
There are plenty among the Hollywood elite who have undergone this operation to get their slim bodies after they had let themselves go for a while or gone through childbirth. Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie are two leading examples of Hollywood women who did abdominoplasty to recover their bodies after having kids.
Making the most of it:
You should keep a fixed, normal diet in the days leading up to the surgery and avoid smoking at all costs. To ensure the longevity of the results of the operation, you should maintain a balanced and healthy diet, post-surgery, which includes lots of greens and should maintain fixed exercise schedule.
Whether you’ve got a bundle of fat under your abdomen or flaps of loose skin, it is your right to look good and be confident in your body’s appearance at all times. An abdominoplasty is definitely for you if your stomach’s shape concerns you. Just remember to stay positive, never substitute tummy tucks for weight loss techniques, and keep your expectations close to reality when making your decision. The tummy tuck will return you your body, but it is up to you to keep it from going to seed again.
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