Fat that accumulates in the abdomen is quite stubborn and hard to get rid of. Sometimes, no amount of dieting or exercising can give you that toned, hard abdomen you have always wanted. Fortunately, there’s an effective solution that can solve this problem, and that is a cosmetic surgery known as Abdominoplasty.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure that is used to contour, tighten, and firm up the abdomen. It is an invasive procedure that requires strategically placed incisions.

Often, certain changes like sudden weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, and so on can cause the skin around your abdomen to become loose and sag. This can give you a very unshapely appearance as stubborn pockets of fat accumulate around the midsection and forms bulges. This can affect your appearance and your confidence as well.

An abdominoplasty is a useful solution for both men and women who are in good general health. It is a safe treatment that can help you achieve the body of your dreams.

Prior to the Surgery

An abdominoplasty should be performed only under the supervision of an experienced medical professional. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the procedure and the techniques he will be using for the surgery. The extent of the surgery depends on the amount of fat and skin that needs to be removed.

You should maintain realistic expectations and discuss them with your surgeon in order to get an idea of how you will look after the surgery. Your surgeon may sketch out the incisions in order to give you a visualization of the procedure and what to expect in the form of post-surgical marks.

You will be asked to refrain from smoking and taking painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen since they are blood thinners and may cause complications during the surgery. Also, make sure to discuss any history of drug allergies with your surgeon to rule out any potential complications during the surgery.

The Procedure

Prior to the procedure, your surgeon will administer an anesthetic to help ease any potential discomfort. An incision is made horizontally along the crease between the pubic hairline and the navel. The length and depth of the incision depend upon the amount of fat and skin that needs to be removed.

After making the incision, the skin is lifted over the abdomen. Your doctor will tighten the weakened muscles and remove any excess fatty deposits. Once this is done, any excess skin is removed and then pulled down and sutured. The procedure is completed by creating a new hole for the belly button. The belly button is then made to pop through the surface of the skin and sutured.

What to Expect After the Surgery

Immediately after the surgery, patients may experience swelling and bruising around the area where the surgery has been performed. The swelling should subside in a few days. Using ice packs and cold compresses can help alleviate any discomfort you experience.

Patients will start noticing results in a week or two once the swelling has gone down. You will notice that your abdomen is flatter, firmer, and more aesthetically pleasing.

A healthy lifestyle that includes a proper exercise routine and a healthy diet can help you maintain the results of the abdominoplasty for years to come.

Contact Our Office

Don’t spend more time than you need to in the gym or starve yourself to get a flat stomach. With a tummy tuck, you can get the beautiful results you desire quickly. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Trevor Born, a leading cosmetic surgeon, to learn more about the treatment today.