Even if proper dieting and exercising routines are in place, some loose skin or fat deposits, as well as stretch marks, can persist in the stomach region. Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, can restore a proper abdomen appearance. Tummy tuck is a procedure, in which the extra fat and skin are excised, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. This procedure can be done alone, or in a conjunction with a liposuction that could improve body contours further. People, who consider a tummy tuck should be healthy, relatively fit and not plan any future pregnancies for they may return the tightened muscles to a stretched position.
Full & Mini Tummy Tuck are usually done under the local anesthesia and sedation, where the area that is being operated on is numb and you are relaxed. General anesthesia can also be administered. The procedure length may be different, depending on how much tissue is going to be removed and whether the liposuction will be performed. The physician makes an incision over the pubic area. This incision is made as inconspicuously as possible, and is usually hidden under the bathing suits or undergarments – but you should understand that some scarring will remain. Next, an incision is made around the navel that will free it from the surrounding tissues. Skin and fatty tissue layers are elevated to open the muscles in abdominal area. The physician then sutures the muscles, pulling them together and creating a flat and firm abdominal wall, as well as a slimmer waistline. When the muscles are tightened, this layer is stretched backwards and a new hole is created for the navel. Extra skin and fatty tissues that are hanging over the original incision are removed. The tubes are placed around the abdomen that will drain any liquid from the area and are usually removed within a couple of weeks after the operation. Sutures are removed around this time, as well. Pain, bruising and swelling are to be expected and they usually vanish in several weeks. Scars will slowly fade to thin in time.