Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgical procedures. It can be used to treat and resolve a wide variety of cosmetic and aesthetic issues related to the abdominal area, including diastasis recti.
Diastasis recti is a condition where the large muscles in your abdomen separate, causing a bulge to appear in the middle of the stomach. This is most common and prominent among women who have had multiple pregnancies and are above the age of 35.
Abdominoplasty can resolve this issue as well as other common aesthetic abdominal issues such as the presence of excess fats, tissues, and skin, that can give someone an unappealing appearance.
In addition, individuals with such issues may experience that they are unable to perform certain physical activities, depending on the severity of their conditions. An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck will resolve such issues too.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that not only removes excess fat, tissue, and skin, it can also restore separated and/or weakened muscles. It is important to note that an abdominoplasty is an extremely individualized procedure, which means that there is no standard procedure that must be followed.
Instead, every surgery must be customized as per the unique conditions of each patient and the results that they wish to achieve from the procedure.
In most cases, the surgeon creates incisions between the belly button and the pubic area, providing access to remove excess fats and other tissues. The fascia, which is found overlying the abdominal muscles, is tightened using permanent sutures. The belly button is then repositioned in such a way that it is aligned with the new structure of the abdomen.
The surgeon will place a thin, tiny tube along the site of incision to drain out any fluids that may collect. Usually, the entire procedure takes about three hours.
Recovery after an abdominoplasty can take long, with patients taking off a few weeks off from school or work in some cases. The area that was operated on will be covered with a surgical dressing, and your surgeon will access the area periodically to make sure there is no infection.
Swelling and bruising are normal and to be expected for about six weeks post-surgery. Patients may also experience mild to moderate pain, which is controlled with medication. In addition, patients need to wear an abdominal binder, which provides support and aids in recovery.
It is crucial that patients avoid strenuous, physical activity for about two months after surgery. Bodily positions that can strain the incision line, such as bending, must be avoided at all costs.
If you identify with any of the following, then you may be an ideal candidate for an abdominoplasty.
• You have diastasis recti as a result of pregnancy.
• You have diastasis recti because of obesity or other health issues. However, it is crucial to make sure that the surgery won’t worsen the core issue.
• You are not satisfied with the appearance of your abdomen.
• You have realistic expectations from the procedure.
• You are in good general health
A tummy tuck is perfect for those who want a slimmer and more toned tummy that they can show off. Contact TMB Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Trevor Born and begin your journey to the body you desire.