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Remove Excess Abdominal Skin and Stretch Marks with a Tummy Tuck

Sep 9, 2008
Most of the patients who desire an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are usually seeking to reduce the size of a protruding abdominal area and reduce the amount of excess skin or fat. This plastic surgery procedure is best for individuals who are unable to eliminate the excess skin and fat through exercise and dieting, although a tummy tuck procedure does not serve as a substitute for traditional weight loss methods, but as a supplement to them. This may affect an individual's confidence in and out of clothing.

An abdominoplasty can help such individuals restore a thinner and fitter looking contour to their bodies. The tummy area is made smaller to be in better proportion of the body. Plastic surgeons accomplish this by removing excess fat and skin in the abdominal area and tightening the underlying muscles. This not only helps to restore the physical appearance of the patient, but also restores self-confidence.

An abdominoplasty is a very individualized procedure in which your goals should be realistically determined and discussed with your surgeon. Together you will determine what specific procedures will be performed. An abdominoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction so that the hips can be shaped to match the smaller tummy. Once your goals have been determined you will set a date for this plastic surgery procedure and will be given instructions about how to prepare.

When the date for your abdominoplasty has arrived, you should plan on the surgery taking several hours or more depending on which procedures you are having performed. There are several different types of tummy tucks - the mini tummy tuck, the standard tummy tuck and the extended tummy tuck. Your plastic surgeon will determine which type will meet your needs. Your surgeon creates an incision that runs along the lower waist line and then will remove excess fat and skin. The abdominal muscles will then be tightened and set into place.

You will experience some pain and swelling during the first few days following the procedure. You will go home with a pain pump, which will help minimize discomfort by delivering continuous medication throughout your abdominal area. Your plastic surgeon will advise you on precautions to take following the surgery. Most patients need a few weeks to recover but are usually back to work within 10 - 14 days. All tummy tucks are performed with general anesthesia to minimize any discomfort or pain.
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