With age, parts of our body begin to sag and we can appear to be out of shape even with frequent exercise and conditioning. This is especially true with the lower abdomen, hence the invention of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. With this excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen, people may wonder whether to have abdomen liposuction or tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction removes excess fat, whereas tummy tucks are used to remove excess skin from the abdomen.
Tummy tucks are common for women and men of any age. This procedure is commonly used to remove excess skin and tighten stomach muscles. Women who experience loose or sagging skin from multiple pregnancies make excellent candidates for abdominoplasty. Also men or women that have experienced significant weight loss and have loose abdominal skin can benefit from this procedure.
There are two options when considering a tummy tuck based on the size of the affected area and results that are desired. Each can be tailored to fit the individual needs of the recipient. For patients that need the most work, a complete abdominoplasty should be considered. In this procedure an incision is made from hip bone to hip bone low on the waist just above the pubic hair level. Next, the surgeon will manipulate and shape the skin and muscles as needed. This treatment requires the relocation of the belly button because of the connection between it and the surrounding tissue. Partial or mini-abdominoplasty are more closely targeted in smaller locations in the affected area. They are usually preformed below the belly button and do not require its relocation.
Recovery time after a tummy tuck can vary from individual to individual. It is common to experience pain and soreness in the weeks immediately following this procedure. Your doctor can prescribe medications to help reduce the discomfort of the surgery. Healing time can be six weeks or more and patients are encouraged to limit strenuous physical activities. Scarring is common with this procedure. Certain ointments or creams may be recommended by your surgeon to help reduce scarring.