Different Types Of Procedures To Improve The Abdominal Area
Different Types Of Procedures To Improve The Abdominal Area
The appearance of the tummy is very important for both men and women. Having a big tummy and a waist that lacks definition can make us feel less sexy and not desirable. The reality is that with aging, weight fluctuations, and a sedentary lifestyle, fat can start to accumulate on the abdominal area and skin folds can occur as the skin loses its tonus. Moreover, women who had multiple pregnancies might notice that their tummy doesn’t get back to its initial shape after childbirth. This can happen because of the weakening of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy, a condition called diastasis recti in medical terms.
Plastic surgery now offers multiple solutions for patients who want to improve the appearance of their abdominal area. Among them are abdominal liposuction, the tummy tuck, and the hourglass tummy tuck. Each procedure is designed to respond to a certain need for a specific type of patient.
In this article, we will discuss different types of procedures to improve the abdominal area and to whom they are recommended.
An unaesthetic appearance of the tummy
You might have already tried everything to improve the appearance of your tummy with minimal results. You have tried exercising, keeping a strict diet, applying creams and serums, and your belly still looks saggy and lacks firmness.
Pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss and aging are some of the factors that contribute to the unsightly appearance of the tummy. The skin loses tonus, fat starts to accumulate, and abdominal muscles relax in time. To understand why physical exercises and diets don’t provide you with the results and why you might need plastic surgery, you need to know the structure of the abdominal wall.
The abdominal wall protects the abdominal cavity, where the organs are located. The structures of the abdominal wall are the muscles, fat tissue and skin. To have a firm and flat tummy, you need to have a normal weight so the abdominal cavity is not protruding. If you have a normal weight and still have an unaesthetic appearance of the tummy, then it might be the muscles that are distended, an excess of the subcutaneous fat layer, or the skin that is saggy. A plastic surgeon can perform a medical examination and tell you exactly where the problem lies and how it can be corrected with the help of plastic surgery.
During the pre-operative consultation, the plastic surgeon will see what structures of the abdominal wall cause the unsightly appearance and develop a surgical plan to correct the appearance.
Abdominal liposuction is probably the most commonly performed type of liposuction nowadays. Fat tends to naturally accumulate in the midline area for both men and women, hence causing a deformation of the waist and a lack of aesthetics in the area.
Liposuction is a good option to improve the appearance of the tummy for patients with good skin and muscle tonus. Often these are patients who are young and with good skin elasticity. These patients have an excess of subcutaneous fat layer on the abdomen and often the flanks.
Abdominal liposuction entails the use of small cannulas that are introduced under the skin through incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth to dislodge the fat and suction it into a vacuum medical device. When performing abdominal liposuction, the plastic surgeon needs to be very careful and use the cannula evenly on both sides of the abdomen to avoid asymmetries. When the fat is eliminated from the abdomen, the waist will be better contoured and look slimmer and the tummy will regain a firm and flat appearance. The procedure shouldn’t be performed on patients with skin sagginess. As a result, the sagginess might be more accentuated and would require additional surgical treatment.
The results of abdominal liposuction are spectacular for patients with a normal weight and can easily be sustained over time if the patient will keep a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Liposuction doesn’t prevent the patient from gaining weight in the future or ulterior accumulation of fat in the abdomen or other areas of the body. However, after liposuction, the fat cells that were removed won’t reappear. What can happen is for the fat cells that are still there to increase their volume if weight gain occurs. To maximize the results, the patient needs to wear a girdle or compression garments recommended by the plastic surgeon.
The tummy tuck
While abdominal liposuction might be a good solution for younger patients with good skin tonus, the tummy tuck is most commonly performed on patients with loose abdominal muscles and poor skin quality. Loose abdominal muscles can be a result of pregnancy or multiple ones. The uterus increases its size considerably during pregnancy, and this leads to excessive stretching of the muscles on the abdominal wall that needs to accommodate it. This can lead to a gap between the left and right abdominal muscles that can’t be corrected in any other way other than surgically.
Even if diastasis recti is not present, loose or saggy skin can make liposuction deliver unsatisfactory results. This means that if your skin is not as elastic as it used to be, chances are the plastic surgeon will recommend a tummy tuck.
During the tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will make an incision on the lower part of the abdomen, detach the skin to strengthen the muscles, and then re-drape the skin on the abdomen to create more tension that will result in a firm and flat tummy. The excess skin is removed and the incision is sutured.
The tummy tuck provides impressive results for patients who are good candidates for the procedure as it works on both the skin and the muscles.
The hourglass tummy tuck
The traditional tummy tuck works on the muscles of the abdominal wall and the skin. Abdominal liposuction works on the layer of subcutaneous fat that is present in the tummy. But what if the patient is confronted with issues affecting all three structures of the abdominal wall? In this case, the obvious response would be a procedure that combines the techniques used for liposuction and tummy tuck.
We took this to the next level and developed a procedure that considerably improves the overall appearance of the patient, aside from creating a flat and firm tummy. The procedure is called the hourglass tummy tuck, and it involves the use of liposuction on the tummy and flanks to reduce the adipose layer. The tummy tuck technique strengthens the loose abdominal muscles, corrects umbilical hernia and eliminates the excess fat, while a fat transfer to the hips creates beautiful curves.
The hourglass tummy tuck can deliver superior results compared to all other procedures. After the hourglass tummy tuck, the whole silhouette of the patient is remodeled. The waist is smaller, the tummy is flat and firm, and the hips are wider. The procedure is recommended for patients with narrow hips who don’t have a good shoulder-waist-hips ratio.
If you tried all that you could think of in terms of improving the appearance of your tummy and you still haven’t achieved the results, chances are it is only with the help of plastic surgery that your tummy will regain a flat and firm appearance.
Nowadays there are different types of procedures that can be used to improve the abdominal area, depending on the patient’s anatomy and the aesthetic goals.
Abdominal liposuction is a good solution for young patients confronted with excess fat on the abdomen and good skin tonus. For patients who lack skin elasticity and might also have loose abdominal muscles and umbilical hernia, the tummy tuck procedure might be the suitable treatment plan.
A more complex procedure that not only improves the appearance of the tummy but also the image of the whole body is the hourglass tummy tuck. The hourglass tummy tuck combines the techniques used for abdominal liposuction and the traditional tummy tuck to deliver superior results. The patient will have a flat and firm tummy, a smaller and well-defined waist, and more prominent hips that will contribute to creating the hourglass silhouette.