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Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is one of the most common body contouring operations performed today. The procedure is safe and yields dramatic results.

With the growth of the developing baby, the lining of the abdominal which contains the rectus muscles stretches to accommodate. The muscles which typically lie together in the center of the abdominal wall get moved to the sides. The abdominal skin also stretches. How much tightening of the strength layer and skin occurs is related to a number of factors such as how much weight was gained and quite frankly genetics.

With multiple pregnancies the affects on these structures is compounded. Stretch a water balloon once and it snaps back pretty well. Do it three or four times and it can’t come back to its original shape. Diet and exercise are great at restoring muscle and minimizing the impact of fatty deposits but only surgery can put the muscles back into their proper anatomic position and remove excess skin.

The formal tummy tuck tightens the muscles and removes all the skin from the belly button to the pubic hairline. This will not only make your tummy flat, it will enhance your waist, raise your pubic area to a more youthful posture and even improve the appearance of the upper anterior thigh.
When the muscles need to be repaired but there is not enough skin to remove it all from the belly button to the pubic area a decision has to be made. If there is a relatively small amount of skin an excellent choice is to simply lower the belly button. The belly button should only be lowered a few centimeters otherwise the proportions of the abdomen are thrown off. When there is more skin to remove and the belly button will appear to low, it is better to leave the belly button where it is and remove as much skin as is needed to achieve the desired contour. This will necessitate a vertical incision between the new belly button and the pubic hairline to close the defect where the belly button was removed from. This is a far better solution than placing the abdominoplasty incision too high.

A long acting anesthetic is placed in the muscle layer at the time of surgery to minimize your discomfort during your recovery. Drains are used and exit the skin at the pubic hairline. They are usually removed on postoperative day 5. An abdominal binder is placed at the time of surgery and is your best friend for the following 3-4 weeks. Most woman are back to basic activities of daily living by 2 weeks. It’s about 4-6 weeks before your energy level is back to normal and you usual exercise regimen can resume.
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