With regular exercise and a healthy diet, you might think you can easily achieve a flat abdomen. In reality, it can take a lot of effort to achieve a flat abdomen. Depending on the case, it may be impossible without professional assistance. If you cannot achieve a flat abdomen on your own, we recommend a tummy tuck at Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VA and the Melbourne area. Here are some things you should know.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?
Excess skin, fat, and abdominal walls are removed during an abdominoplasty, which is also known as a tummy tuck. The abdomen becomes firmer and flatter with these modifications, so it no longer protrudes. Men and women can both experience stubborn abdominal fat, making this procedure a great option for both to consider. The length of the procedure is determined by the extent of the improvements required and the type of tummy tuck you get.
A complete abdominoplasty is the most common variation of this procedure. If you’re looking to make a significant difference in your appearance, then this option is ideal. A horizontal incision is made just above the pubic region as part of this abdominoplasty. Once this incision is healed, it will cross the lower abdomen but remain hidden within the bikini line.
Fat and excess skin are removed as required. Furthermore, the abdominal walls are tightened. The excess tissue around the navel will then be removed by Dr. Solerno. This is the preferred option for most people with excess fat above and below the belly button.
A circumferential abdominoplasty, also known as extended abdominoplasty, is a comprehensive procedure that targets the lower and upper abdomens as well as the back. In this variation of abdominoplasty, the contours of the hips, back, sides, and stomach are all improved.
Mini abdominoplasty may be more appropriate for you if you are satisfied with the look of your upper abdomen. Shorter incisions are used in this procedure, which focuses on the skin and fat beneath the navel.
It may be necessary to lift your navel depending on your aesthetic goals. Separating the belly button from the skin allows access to the abdominal fat. Due to the fact that it does not affect the upper abdomen, the procedure usually takes a few hours. Mini abdominoplasty does not involve tightening the abdominal muscles.
Your procedure will begin with anesthesia, no matter which abdominoplasty variation you choose. Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used, depending on the scope of the procedure. The local anesthesia only numbs the targeted area, while the sedation keeps you asleep during the procedure.
The effects of general anesthesia numb your whole body and put you to sleep. General anesthesia is usually recommended for a full abdominal surgery or circumferential abdominoplasty, but talk to Mr. Solerno about your options and what to expect for your procedure precisely.
When your entire body or the treatment area is numb, Mr. Solerno will make the incisions. In some cases, only one incision is made just above the pubic area, depending on your goals. However, you may need multiple incisions if you wish to lift your belly button or have more extensive improvements done.
If you have a complete or extended abdominoplasty, the abdominal muscles will be tightened. You’ll also be able to have your muscles repaired if you sustained an injury, such as a ventral hernia. As part of an abdominoplasty procedure, we can also address other issues, such as incontinence and pregnancy-related protrusions.
Excess Skin Removal
A significant amount of excess skin will be removed during your abdominoplasty, regardless of the extent of the procedure. Following the removal of excess skin, the remaining skin will be lifted and tightened. In some cases, the belly button will be lifted at this time.
Lastly, you will need to close your incisions. You will gradually wake up after the incisions are closed. After you have awoken, we will guide you through the aftercare process. After that, you can return home.
Because of the general anesthesia or sedation used, you may not be able to drive yourself home or operate heavy machinery within 24 hours after the procedure, so be sure to arrange for someone to be with you and drive you around as needed. We’ll discuss all these arrangements with you before your procedure so that you can be properly prepared.
Other Important Things to Know About the Process
Liposuction Can Help
Combining liposuction with abdominoplasty will improve the contours of your abdomen even more. Liposuction is a highly effective procedure if your stomach, hips, and flanks require reshaping. Adipose tissue pockets are removed from beneath the dermis using this procedure.
In addition, it enhances the definition of your abdominal muscles by eliminating large pockets of fat that may otherwise obscure your strong abdominal muscles. In your initial consultation, we will determine if this complementary procedure will assist you in reaching your aesthetic goals.
This Procedure Isn’t About Fat Loss
Remember that this isn’t a fat burning procedure or a weight loss one. The procedure sculpts better abdominal contours and tones the abdominal wall. You should consider this treatment once you have reached your target weight or are close to it.
You can reverse the effects of your procedure if you gain too much weight after the procedure. A follow-up procedure might be necessary if this is the case. Stretch marks will also not be removed directly with this procedure. It is possible, however, that you will see fewer stretch marks after the process of removing and tightening the skin.
This Is About More Than Appearance
When you’ve fully recovered from your tummy tuck, one of the first benefits you’ll notice is that you’ll feel much more comfortable in your clothes. A lot of people choose their clothes based on their ability to hide their midsections. You can select more flattering shirts to show off your new contours after you undergo abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty can also be medically beneficial. Because your core is strengthened, urinary incontinence may be improved. It may also be necessary to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in addition to the abs, depending on the cause of your incontinence. Sneezing, vigorous exercise, laughing and coughing are all common causes of urinary incontinence, and this procedure may help you with this.
You May Experience Back Pain Reduction
It is common for pregnant women to experience abdominal muscle separation. This separation creates a pocket of fat that cannot be removed regardless of body fat percentage. An abdominal tuck reattaches the abdominal muscles after they have separated.
Not can this improve core strength, but it can also improve appearance. Back pain may also be reduced since your abdomen supports your entire body. Pregnancy weakens or separates these muscles, so the back has to work twice as hard to keep the body upright. Additionally, you may feel less bloated, and your abdominal muscles will be more easily exercised and strengthened.
Getting the Most From Your Abdominoplasty
You should stop consuming tobacco products before undergoing a tummy tuck. The chemical compound in tobacco products impedes post-op healing and circulation. During the two weeks prior to and after your procedure, it is highly recommended that you refrain from using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favour if you never go back to these products once your tummy tuck is over.
Other things you can do to make your recovery as smooth as possible include eating well and staying hydrated. Maintaining a healthy weight and healing smoothly depends on eating well-balanced meals that supply your skin and the rest of your body with essential nutrients. Make sure your diet is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to support collagen production, speed up bone healing, and reduce oxidative stress.
Consider a Tummy Tuck Today
Are you ready to rid yourself of stubborn abdominal fat once and for all? An abdominoplasty may be able to help. In most cases, the results of the procedure are permanent if you maintain your weight afterwards. Come talk to Mr. Solerno at Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VA today to learn more.