Having excess fat and sagging skin in the tummy area is very common problem that a lot of men and women are facing. You may get protruding and saggy tummy because of excess weight loss and gain or even women get excess fat accumulated in their tummy as a result of pregnancy. There are various reasons behind sagging tummy but whatever the reason is, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is an effective procedure that removes excess skin and fat in the tummy area and results in flatter and smoother abdomen.
Types of tummy tuck:
Tummy tuck is the surgical procedure that involves removal of excess skin and fat in the abdomen. In most of the cases, weakened or separated abdominal muscles are also tightened. There are various types of tummy tuck surgery and every type addresses the specific issues associated with sagging and protruding tummy. Below mentioned are the most commonly performed types of tummy tuck surgery.
Full or traditional tummy tuck:
As the name suggests this type of tummy tuck addresses full tummy. It is usually performed under general anesthesia on outpatient basis and requires longer incision as compared to other types of tummy tuck. Full tummy tuck also involves making new belly button. It requires two incisions – one is longer hip to hip incision and the other one is small vertical incision made in the navel area. Through longer incision, underlying weakened muscles are tightened and excess fat and tissue is removed. Then excess skin is removed and incision is closed. Through smaller incision made in the navel area, new belly button is made. This type of tummy tuck is more invasive and therefore, it requires more time for recovery too. However, the results of full tummy tuck are dramatic.
Partial or mini tummy tuck:
Mini tummy tuck is suitable for those people who need minor changes. It is performed on lower abdomen only and requires comparatively shorter incision. It does not involve making new belly button. It is less as compared to full tummy tuck and less risks or complications are associated with this procedure. Its results are not dramatic but requires less time for recovery.
Who is good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery is a customized surgery and only your surgeon can determine your candidacy for surgery. However, you can be a candidate for this procedure if aging, pregnancy or significant weight loss has affected contours of your tummy. People having elastic skin are better tummy tuck candidates. Generally, a good abdominoplasty candidate has one or more of the following conditions:
- Sagging abdominal skin
- Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
- Excess fat in abdomen
- Stable weight
- Good general health
- Not suffering from any serious ailment
- If patient is women, she is not planning to become pregnant
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