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Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss. Tummy Tuck, is a procedure that flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall. The incision is on the Bikini line. This procedure helps the patient who has given birth, especially in those who has given birth many children, to have a perfect body shape. The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. It takes around 3-4 hours. After the surgery, the patient has to stay in the hospital 3 nights. The scar will be a long fine line on the pubic. It might be long from the left to the right side of the hips, depending on the fat and excess skin.
A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good health.
Women who have had several pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing skin.
A tummy tuck is also an option for men or women who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin.
Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired.
A mini-abdominoplasty is similar to a standard abdominoplasty with a few differences. Like the latter, the mini-abdominoplasty uses a waist crease incision but often (but not always depending upon the amount of skin to be removed) the incision is not quite as long as with the standard procedure. A shorter incision does not mean you will heal faster or have a shorter recovery, the difference in incision length is not enough to make such a difference. Wounds heal side to side, not end to end, so a shorter incision heals in the same time as a longer incision.
Abdominoplasty does together with Liposuction suit with the patient that have much excess fat. The surgeon will remove fat by liposuction together with a tummy tuck which is in the same incision (depends on doctor assessment)