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Tummy Tuck Surgery - Abdominoplasty General Information

Oct 18, 2007
Patients who desire an abdominoplasty are seeking to reduce the size of a protruding abdominal area. This plastic surgery procedure is best for individuals who are unable to eliminate their protruding abdomen through exercise and dieting. Such factors may affect an individual's confidence, leading them to seek tummy tuck surgery.

An abdominoplasty can help such individuals restore a thinner and fitter looking contour to their bodies. The tummy area is made smaller to better match the body of the patient. The plastic surgeon accomplishes this by removing excess fat and skin in the abdominal area and tightening the underlying muscle tissues. This not only helps to restore the physical appearance of the patient, but also restores self-confidence and respect to the patient.

An abdominoplasty is a very individualized procedure in which your goals should be realistically determined and discussed with your plastic 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 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. Two procedures are available, the full abdominoplasty or the partial abdominoplasty for patients who only need to reduce the lower belly. The physician will create 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.

The full tummy tuck differs from the partial procedure in the extent of work done. Generally, the partial procedure does not require the naval to separated from tissue below it while the full procedure does. The full procedure has a greater effect in reducing the size of the abdomen, but recovery time for the partial procedure is usually shorter and results in a smaller scar.

The abdominal area may experience some pain and swelling during the first few days following the procedure. The plastic surgeon will likely advise you on other precautions to take following the surgery. Several weeks recovery time is usual and exercise will often help speed the recovery process after the initial recovery period. All procedures are performed with anesthesia to minimize any discomfort or pain.
About the Author
Dave Stringham is the President of LookingYourBest.com an online resource for plastic surgery procedures. Learn more about breast augmentation and other plastic surgery procedures.
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