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Some people do dozens of crunches and abdominal exercises a day and still find it impossible to lose the excess fat and skin around the midsection. Luckily, there is a solution. Abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck," is a cosmetic procedure sure to give you a sleeker more defined abdominal section.

Abdominoplasty begins with an incision made from one hip to the other, creating a skin flap. Next, the skin is separated from the abdominal muscles, which are then tightened, narrowing the waistline and flattening the midsection. The flap of skin is then folded down and excess skin is removed. Last, the flap is replaced and the incision is stitched closed. The entire procedure takes between two and five hours, depending on how much work is needed. Bruising and swelling (which typically subside within 10 days) are the most common side effects of abdominoplasty.

 
     
 
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The size of the abdomen can be reduced through a tummy tuck. Yet, tummy tuck focuses on addressing the weakened protruding muscles in the abdomen and excess skin. Liposuction may be required to achieve a fully satisfactory outcome. Panniculectomy may be performed to achieve stronger results such as those necessary for a post obese person. Mini-tummy tuck’s focus on the lack of requirement for extensive muscle and skin elasticity improvements. Abdominal etching helps to create a “six pack” abdominal appearance.

Tummy Tuck Techniques:

The fundamental approach to a tummy tuck involves an extensive horizontal incision across the top of the pubic area. The skin will be separated from the abdominal wall. Then, excess skin and fat are removed. The tissue connecting the navel may be removed which will alter the navel. Finally, the muscles are lifted, repositioned and sutured tightly together. The belly button is sutured in place. 
 
The Mini Tummy Tuck does not require extensive incision, muscle repositioning, or excess skin removal. The plastic surgeon may use an endoscope to visually guide the surgeon through a small incision to the treatment area.

Tummy Tuck Risks:

As with all medical procedures, there are risks associated with tummy tuck.
Risks associated with tummy tuck are reduced when pre and post operative instructions are followed by the patient. Most patients are fully satisfied with the results of the procedure.

What Are the Advantages of a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck can remove excess loose abdominal skin and fat that may be hereditary or acquired after substantial weight loss or pregnancy.  The procedure also tightens abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy or lack of activity. The procedure may also reduce the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.

Will I Have Pain?

As anesthesia is used, there is no pain during the procedure.  A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal.  Mild discomfort is usually easily controlled.

Tummy tuck scars

Tummy tuck scars are one of the major drawbacks of abdominoplasty cosmetic surgery. The extent of tummy tuck scars depends on the extent of the surgery that is performed. Tummy tuck scars are much less extensive with a partial or lower tummy tuck than they are for a full tummy tuck. Tummy tuck scars are permanent but are generally concealed under a bikini or other clothing. With healing, it is normal for tummy tuck scars to actually get worse three to six months after surgery before they get better. After nine months to a year, tummy tuck scars will flatten out and lighten in color.

Mini tummy tuck

Mini tummy tucks address situations where the muscle elasticity is lost in the lower abdomen wall only. A mini tummy tuck concentrates on the area below the bellybutton—the most frequent site of elasticity loss. Mini tummy tucks are especially effective in correcting problems resulting from pregnancy.

 
     
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