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Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline problems. In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty). A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdominal muscles into a tighter formation. This bodily enhancement procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach. It is also helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdominal muscles known as diastasis, which can occur following pregnancy.
Reasons for Considering an Abdominoplasty:
Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique anatomy. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back. The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. The abdominal muscle tissue is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. Finally, the incision is closed. Sometimes the procedure requires an additional incision around the navel in order to provide the best results.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling, pain, and discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. Normal activities can generally be resumed within two to four weeks. With proper diet and exercise the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.