Many people struggle with a protruding stomach due to excess fat or skin around the abdomen. For many women, this may be the result of multiple pregnancies, but it can also affect people who were previously obese but lost a lot of weight. If you have excess skin or fat on your abdomen and have been unable to get rid of it through diets or exercise, then a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty may be the perfect solution for you. However, you need an expert that can conduct various tummy tuck techniques safely.
The most popular technique used for a tummy tuck is the standard abdominoplasty surgery. In this procedure, the abdomen is cut from one hipbone to the other and the muscles, skin and tissue are then shaped as required. The belly button is also moved to an appropriate position. In some cases, drainage tubes may be put under the skin for a few days.
This procedure is usually conducted if you have excess fat below the belly button. The cosmetic surgeon will make a short horizontal cut below the navel and then tighten the excess skin and deep layers. The scar from this procedure is usually half the distance from one hipbone to the other one. Once the excess fat has been removed and the muscles are tightened, the skin is stretched downwards and stitched into place. Sometimes a drainage tube may be used where the incision was made.
In an extended tummy tuck, the excess skin and fat are removed from the middle and lower sections of the abdomen. In addition, the cosmetic surgeon removes tissue from the lower back and the sides of the patient in order to create the perfect waistline. The upper skin of the abdomen is then pulled downwards and the muscles are pulled back together tightly. It is at this point that a hole is made for the new position of the belly button. Drains may be placed on the wall space during recovery.
A body lift helps to enhance the shape of the tissues that support skin and fat. The body lift can be used to remove excess fat and skin on the sides of the abdominal area and all the way to the lower back of the patient. It is more extensive than the normal tummy tuck and usually involves the abdomen, back, hips, buttocks and outer thighs.
The cosmetic surgeon will usually begin by removing the excess skin from the belly button downwards and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. The fat and skin that are above the belly button are then pulled down and the surgeon pulls the belly button out, restoring it to its normal position.
Is the procedure for you?
If you think you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, it is important to speak to an experienced surgeon that will give you proper advice. Dr Tavakoli has performed numerous tummy tucks and has a great track record for success. You can contact his office for consultation or further advice on how to go about the surgery.