“I dieted. I exercised. I did a million sit-ups, but nothing I did helped me get back my flat stomach.”
Pregnancy and weight gain and loss can have a tremendous impact on a woman’s abdomen. No amount of dieting and exercise can fully restore the tummy to its flat desirable shape after the muscles and skin have been stretched to their limit. Men can also have trouble regaining their youthful flat abdomens after losing weight.
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, can remove excess skin and fat and tighten underlying muscles to reduce the appearance of a protruding stomach. Both men and women can benefit from this body contouring procedure.
The amount of fat deposits on your abdomen and the degree of loose abdominal skin and muscles will be taken into account when deciding on the type of tummy tuck you need. Sometimes liposuction alone will correct the problem. If your fat deposits are limited to below the navel area, and your lower abdominal muscles are only minimally loose, a mini-tummy tuck may be all you require. A full tummy tuck involves tightening the upper and lower abdominal muscles, stretching the abdominal skin down and removing excess fat and skin. Sometimes liposuction to remove excess fat from the hip area is performed in conjunction with the tummy tuck for a better body contour. Additionally, some women may have developed a hernia of the belly button after pregnancy, which is usually repaired at the same time.
Your surgeon will make a long incision in the bikini line just above the pubic area. The skin is separated from the muscles up to the rib cage. A tiny second incision is made around the belly button. The vertical muscles of the abdomen are stitched together to provide a tighter abdominal wall and thinner waist. The skin is stretched down and excess skin and fat are removed. A new opening is cut for the belly button before it is stitched into place. A mini-tummy tuck involves separating the skin up to the belly button and doesn’t require a second incision around the belly button. The incision is also much narrower. Every effort is made to hide the scars in the bikini area and the scars will fade over time.
Swelling and pain of the abdomen are normal. Any discomfort you experience can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. An abdominal binder will offer support as your abdomen heals. You will be up and around in a day or two, but you should take it easy for a while. It may take several weeks before you feel back to normal. Light exercise will help you to feel better and heal faster.
A tummy tuck will enhance your body contours and increase yourself self-confidence. A flat firm abdomen can help you regain your youthful figure.