1 August 2022

How abdominoplasty is performed: indications for surgery

You sit on grueling diets, do sports almost every day, and go for a massage, but you still can't bring your stomach to the desired attractive shape. Unfortunately, this is a very common problem, especially among new mothers. Is it possible to remove the stomach surgically? Of course! The ideal solution is a tummy tuck. Read more about how abdominoplasty is performed, what are the features of its performance, and how long the recovery period takes.

What problems does abdominoplasty solve?

The stomach loses its shape for various reasons. Most often, this happens after pregnancy and childbirth, when an unaesthetic skin-fat "apron", skin laxity, and stretch marks appear ar, in some cases, a "step" - a retracted scar after cesarean section. People often come to a plastic surgeon after a large-scale rapid weight loss of more than 20 kg. They note significant sagging of the skin. Also, a certain part of patients is elderly people. Age-related changes cause the skin and muscles to lose tone. Surgical intervention is recommended in the following cases:
  • when the skin loses elasticity, sags after pregnancy, or significant weight loss; a skin-fatty apron appears;
  • with sagging of the front abdominal wall due to age-related changes;
  • with a decrease in muscle tone (ptosis, folds, laxity) or their discrepancy (diastasis);
  • if there are multiple stretch marks (stretch marks), scars, scars, as well as umbilical hernias or hernias of the white line of the abdomen.
The main purpose of the operation is aesthetic correction and the creation of new body contours. However, it is important to understand that it is not a method of losing weight.

Abdominoplasty methods

How is a tummy tuck done? There are several types: Classic abdominoplasty: It is used to correct pronounced fat deposits and excessively sagging skin. Abdominoplasty with a vertical incision: If indicated, a vertical incision is made. It provides access to the upper abdomen. Mini abdominoplasty: It is shown to patients for aesthetic correction of the body. It involves the removal of a small amount of skin and fat.

Contraindications to the operation

The operative intervention has several contraindications. It is not recommended for:
  • oncological diseases;
  • exacerbation of severe chronic diseases of the cardiopulmonary system;
  • diabetes;
  • pregnancy, lactation period;
  • severe mental illness.

Abdominoplasty: preparation for surgery

How is a tummy tuck done and what preparation is required? Before the intervention, the patient undergoes an examination at the Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic - he passes tests and does an ultrasound of the abdominal cavity. Based on the results, the surgeon decides on plastic surgery. The patient is also consulted by an anesthesiologist. 2 weeks before the operation, it is recommended to stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes as much as possible; refuse to drink alcohol. Be sure to inform the specialist about all the drugs you are taking. Fat woman, fat belly, plump, obese woman holding excess belly fat with measuring tape on beige background, female diet lifestyle concept

Abdominoplasty: surgical technique

How is abdominoplasty performed? It is always performed under general anesthesia. Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic uses high-quality inhalation anesthesia. It is popularly called "gas". What is the advantage? It provides a quick entry into medicated sleep, and then an easy exit. A plastic surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen in the bikini area. The abdominoplasty itself involves the following course of surgery: excess fatty tissue, excess skin is removed, and the muscle discrepancy is sutured. In some cases, the navel is moved to its natural position. To obtain the most pronounced results, a tummy tuck is combined with liposuction. The next day after surgery, the patient goes home. He needs to follow all the recommendations of the plastic surgeon. There is no need to remove the stitches. We work with modern cosmetic threads that dissolve by themselves. We also use a special medical glue for the skin. It accelerates the healing of the scar. We get high cosmetic results - the scar after a month looks like it did after 6-8 months! The main nuance is to wear a compression bandage for 2 weeks around the clock. The patient will have to limit himself in sports, visiting saunas, baths, and swimming pools for 2 months. The final result is evaluated after 1 month. Possible complications after a tummy tuck. Modern plastic surgery is as safe as possible. Trust the most valuable thing - health and beauty to professionals!