Over time and after child birth, many women gain excessive weight and loose skin around their mid-rift. This excessive pooch can cause some women to be uncomfortable in exposing their body in bathing suits and the wearing of tight clothing.
As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Bootstaylor can help identify how best to treat this area with an abdominoplasty – tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall. By tightening your muscles and narrowing your waist, this procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
A complete abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours and can be done under general or local anesthesia.
Typically the surgeon will make hipbone-to-hipbone cut just above the pubic area. A smaller second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Next, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall and lifts a large skin flap to tighten the vertical abdominal muscles and create a firmer abdominal wall and narrower waistline. The extra skin is removed and a new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched in place.
Partial abdominoplasty takes less time, typically an hour or two. In partial abdominoplasty, the skin is separated only between the cut line and the navel (not all the way up the abdominal wall) and this skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.
General or local anesthesia will be used, depending on the choice of Dr. Bootstaylor.
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures will come out in two to three weeks.
It may take you weeks or months to feel like completely healed. The better your physical condition, the faster you’re likely to heal. exersize during the healing period will help you recover faster.
Thousands of abdominoplasties are performed successfully each year. When done by a qualified plastic surgeon trained in body contouring, the results are typically quite positive. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure. Post-operative complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Moving around as soon after the surgery as possible will minimize the risk of clotting.
Abdominoplasty, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exersize regularly.