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How Effective Is a Tummy Tuck?

Posted Dec 04 2012 9:07am
Many men and women are troubled by flabby skin, fat and loose muscles that mar the shape and look of their abdomen and general physique. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is an effective way of resolving these issues. The procedure flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles.
What is Involved in a Tummy Tuck
There are two types of abdominoplasty:
  • Mini/Partial:
-For patients who require less correction
-An endoscopic procedure below the navel
-Abdominal muscles are tightened
  • Complete/Full:
-For those who require more correction
-Through a long incision from hip to hip and also around the navel
-Loose skin is removed and abdominal muscles are tightened
Both these plastic surgery procedures are done under general anesthesia. The partial procedure involves less scarring than the complete one. Other cosmetic procedures like fat grafting or liposuction may be combined with tummy tuck to achieve a more enhanced body contour.
The plastic surgeon recommends the suitable procedure and develops a custom plan for the patient. The patient is thoroughly evaluated to decide on the kind of surgery that is needed and also to check for health issues. Ideal candidates are men and women in good health. Women who have stretched muscles and skin following multiple pregnancies can benefit as tummy tuck surgery tightens the muscles and removes the excess fat. The procedure can also help to reduce the excess fat deposits or loose skin that remains in the abdominal area following a weight loss program.
Changes that Can be Expected after an Abdominiplasty
A flatter abdomen that is also firmer is the first thing that can be noticed after the tummy tuck. You can see that the body contour has improved and that the skin is tighter, with fewer stretch marks. There is considerable change in the waistline size. Recovery may take about six weeks. As with any other type of plastic surgery, there are certain risks and complications, but most of these can be avoided or resolved with the right plastic surgeon. Besides using the latest technology to achieve optimal results, a trained and experienced plastic surgeon can ensure your safety.
When you have tried every way to reduce the abdominal bulge and are unsuccessful, try going in for a tummy tuck. However, though this is a very effective way to achieve your goal of a well-sculpted abdomen, make sure to follow a proper diet and exercise regimen to maintain the results.
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