Say yes to a firm abdomen!
Say yes to a firm abdomen!
Some of us barely remember that time when our abdomen was flat and firm. Others say it was just before they got pregnant, just before they turned 40, or just before they put on a bit of weight. As you can see, there are many causes behind an abdomen that lacks the tonus and appeal that we often associate with a certain level of fitness and young age. After multiple pregnancies or after losing a significant amount of weight, people notice that despite reaching their ideal weight, it is impossible to get back to the flat and firm abdominal area they once had. This happens because of the saggy skin can occur on the inferior part of the tummy due to weight fluctuations and pregnancy. Also, a condition that affects the abdominal muscles called diastasis recti can make achieving a flat and firm abdomen almost impossible, unless patients resort to plastic surgery.
The procedure performed nowadays to enhance the appearance of the tummy by suturing abdominal muscles, excising the surplus fat and correcting umbilical hernia is called the tummy tuck. Depending on the physical characteristics of the patient and the aesthetic goals that need to be achieved, the plastic surgeon can recommend undergoing a mini tummy tuck, a complete tummy tuck, an extended tummy tuck, and even an hourglass tummy tuck, if a beautiful hourglass figure is the aim of the procedure.
The tummy tuck will start with the patient receiving general anesthesia. While the procedure can be performed under spinal anesthesia, most plastic surgeons and patients will prefer general anesthesia as it is more comfortable for the patient and no pain will be felt during the operation.
The tummy tuck can take two hours or more, depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed and whether it is combined with other procedures such as liposuction. The patient is then moved to a recovery room where he will stay for a few hours until making a complete recovery from the effects of the general anesthesia. After this, the patient can go home. A stoppage of work of about two weeks is recommended to allow the body to heal and restore from the surgical trauma. The patient is advised to follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon to the letter during the recovery period to ensure smooth healing and satisfactory results. The final results will be visible within three to six months when the side effects such as swelling and bruising subside completely and the incisions are almost healed. Keep in mind that the procedure has risks and complications just like any other procedure, and you should discuss these in detail with the plastic surgeon during the consultation for abdominoplasty.