Despite exercise and a healthy diet, many individuals can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and saggy. The most common causes of this may include:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases tightens weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A complete tummy tuck can take up to several hours to perform. A long incision across the lowest part of the abdomen from both hips and an incision around the navel are made. The skin is then lifted as far up as the ribcage to reveal the muscles of the abdomen. The lifted skin is stretched back into position and excess skin is eliminated.
With a partial tummy tuck, shorter incisions are made across the abdomen and the skin is tightened and any excess skin is removed before the incision is closed.
Procedural steps involved in a tummy tuck:
After tummy tuck surgery, bandages are applied to the abdomen. A small, temporary tube is implanted to drain any excess fluid. Everyone heals at different rates, but tubes and stitches are usually taken out within a week. Bruises and swollen areas of the abdomen are common at this time. In three to four weeks, the support device no longer has to be worn and the patient can resume a more active lifestyle as long as it’s not too strenuous. After a few months, the results are visible and scars begin to fade.