How to get a flat stomach with surgery?

Posted on: August 5, 2022

The unaesthetic appearance of the abdomen after significant weight loss or pregnancy and childbirth is a fairly common problem that can be solved with abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty is aimed at removing excess skin and fat deposits, as well as restoring the integrity of the muscles of the front abdominal wall, which is important not only for aesthetics but also for health. As a result, the figure changes noticeably – this is confirmed by the positive reviews of our patients about abdominoplasty, as well as photos before and after the operation.

Indications for abdominal plastic surgery

Abdominoplasty is a rather complex and lengthy operation. It is worth resorting to surgical plastic surgery of the abdomen only in those cases when it is not possible to correct the shape and volume of the abdomen with the help of diet and regular physical exercises.

“In most cases, I first recommend that patients sign up for a gym. Especially for men, because they have more chances to reduce the belly with the help of sports. If the situation does not change in a year, you can consider the option of a tummy tuck.”

Abdominoplasty is indicated for women who have diastasis (separation of the rectus abdominis muscles) after pregnancy and childbirth, an unaesthetic scar after cesarean section, and sagging skin on the abdomen. In this case, a tummy tuck is the only way to correct its volume and shape.

Indications for abdominoplasty:

  • sagging abdominal skin (after sudden weight loss or childbirth);
  • the presence of a scar after cesarean section or other operations;
  • the presence of a fatty apron on the stomach;
  • abdominal skin laxity, presence of stretch marks.

An indication for surgery may be an unsuccessful abdominoplasty performed in another clinic. The Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic works with world-class plastic surgeons who can handle even the most difficult task.

The need for abdominal abdominoplasty is determined by a plastic surgeon during an eye consultation. In some cases, it is possible to return to a flat stomach with the help of liposuction alone, when excess fatty tissue is removed after several punctures in the skin.

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Tummy tuck after weight loss

Quite often, sudden weight loss leads to sagging skin on the stomach. This problem occurs mainly because the skin has not had time to contract or has lost its elasticity due to prolonged stretching. In this case, a mini abdominoplasty is performed to tighten the skin on the abdomen. This is a less invasive variant of abdominoplasty, which does not involve moving the navel, it remains in place.

A plastic surgeon makes an incision under the natural fold above the pubis and removes excess skin and sutures. The scar after the mini abdominoplasty will be hidden under the underwear. In a year it will become inconspicuous. You can make it even less noticeable with the help of laser grinding or other methods of scar correction, which are available at the Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic.

Along with the operation to remove excess skin on the abdomen, another operation can be performed after weight loss. For example, women can combine it with breast plastic surgery or gynecological surgery. You can read more about the advantages of combined operations at Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic here.

Abdominoplasty after pregnancy and cesarean section

Very often, after pregnancy and childbirth, the appearance of the abdomen changes greatly: the skin stretches and sags, stretch marks appear, an unaesthetic scar due to cesarean section and a fatty apron. It is almost impossible to get rid of a sagging belly after childbirth with the help of physical exercises, because not only the skin is stretched, but also the muscles of the front abdominal wall.

Full-fledged abdominoplasty, which is often combined with liposuction, is indicated for tightening the abdomen after pregnancy and childbirth. During the operation, excess skin and fat deposits are removed, and the separated rectus abdominal muscles are sutured, thereby strengthening the muscle framework of the anterior abdominal wall. This is necessary to prevent the development of a hernia of the white line of the abdomen, as well as an umbilical hernia.

In abdominal plastic surgery after cesarean section, an incision is made along the existing scar. An inconspicuous thin cosmetic seam then remains in its place. If the cesarean scar was located too high, during an abdominoplasty, it is moved down so that it passes along the bikini line.

How long after childbirth can you do abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed no earlier than a year after giving birth, as the woman’s hormonal background must stabilize. It is not recommended to do abdominoplasty earlier, especially if there is a scar after a cesarean section. It is finally formed only 12 months after the operation.

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How is abdominoplasty performed?

Abdominoplasty, or surgery to remove sagging skin on the abdomen, as it is sometimes called by our patients, is performed under general anesthesia. First, liposuction is performed (if there are indications for it) through several small punctures in the abdominal wall. Then the plastic surgeon removes the excess skin and sews together the rectus abdominis muscles (if diastasis is present). The abdominoplasty ends with the application of cosmetic sutures.

The operation lasts an average of 2.5 hours. After a complete abdominoplasty, the patient stays in the hospital for a day under the supervision of the medical staff, and then he is discharged. Rehabilitation after abdominoplasty lasts one month. During the first 1-2 weeks, you may feel slight pain during movement, which is easily eliminated with ordinary painkillers. During the entire recovery period after abdominoplasty, it is necessary to wear compression underwear and refrain from physical exertion, while visiting the pool, bath, or sauna.

What is the difference between abdominoplasty and mini abdominoplasty?

Mini abdominoplasty is a surgical correction of the shape of the abdomen with a smaller incision and without transferring the navel. A full abdominoplasty involves a wider incision, as well as the transfer and formation of a new umbilical ring. Mini abdominoplasty is performed in cases where it is necessary to remove a small excess of skin and fatty tissue in the lower abdomen. A full abdominoplasty is indicated for a large volume of stretched skin, and displacement of the nav, el, and diastasis. Prices for abdominoplasty depend on its type and the degree of complexity of the surgical intervention.

Which is better: liposuction or abdominoplasty?

If it is necessary to remove excess fat deposits on the abdomen, without tightening the skin, then liposuction is performed in this case. If, after liposuction of the abdomen, it is likely that stretch marks will remain and the sagging skin will need to be removed, then abdominoplasty is performed. Only a plastic surgeon can determine which method of abdominal plastic surgery will be the most effective in a particular case after an examination.