Abdominal reduction- Abdominoplasty
Nowadays more attention is directed to body consciousness and the size and shape of our bodies than ever before. In order to control any of these bodily changes which can occur in this respect, we normally try to use exercise and diet. However, some areas of our body can become permanently resistant to any such improvements.
These localised deposits of fat in the abdominal region can combine with muscle laxity in some people and can make any dream to achieve a flat tummy very difficult. In women this becomes more difficult if loose skin and stretching appears especially after pregnancy. Children are of course valuable in spite of every inconvenience. However, this does not stop us from thinking whether or not anything can be done to improve such type of situation.
On the other hand, there are some people who may have undergone massive weight loss and subsequently, they find that they have an ‘apron’ of skin hanging down in front of the abdomen as a result of this. Sometimes this can lead to problems of chafing and rashes emerging under this ‘apron’.
Surgical procedures can be selectively be used in order to improve cases in which such problems can appear. These operations however, are not carried with an aim of weight reduction, which is still a dietary problem. In situations where it is not possible to make an improvement in spite of the sufficient efforts, an abdominoplasty may help. Abdominoplasty commonly known as ‘tummy tuck’ is an operation which can tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and can remove abundant amount of skin folds and fatty tissues from the middle and lower abdominal region.
There are several types of variations in this type of surgery. As such it can drastically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and can lead to a flatter, firmer, tighter tummy and when liposuction procedure is incorporated with this procedure, a thinner waistline can also be obtained.
Most of the time however, the problem is mainly restricted to only the localised fat in the abdominal region without any associated skin laxity of stretch marks. In such cases, liposuction alone may be the best option. Other times, as mentioned before liposuction can be carried out in combination with one of the many variations of an abdominoplasty procedure.
Speak to us about abdominoplasty. Call us at Medical Arts for Cosmetic Surgery on 020 7078 4378 or 07792 648726 if you are interested booking a consultation or learning more about the procedure. You will find some commonly asked questions about abdominoplasty below.
More questions about abdominoplasty?
There is no perfect age or time in one’s life to have an abdominoplasty, but it is normally carried out after a woman has given birth and she does not plan to have further more children, or after someone has lost massive amount of weight.
The amount of pain associated with an abdominoplasty is quite variable. Usually, there will be slight pain associated with tummy tuck which normally can be controlled by certain painkillers.
Usually after the procedure you will be advised to take short walks three or four times daily for few minutes. You should normally take rest for at least two weeks after the surgery. You will be advised to wear an abdominal pressure garment for few weeks after the surgery till healing is complete. Some amount of swelling and bruising are normal but it varies from person to person.
The results of tummy tuck can last for many years. If there is no large weight gain or pregnancies after tummy tuck process, then the changes will be relatively permanent. There might be some relaxation of the tissues with age, but not to the extent prior to surgery.