Abdominoplasty, or tummy tucks are one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. Men and women who want flat, tight stomachs, turn to plastic surgeons to help them achieve their goal when diet and exercise regiments cannot get rid of the excess loose skin.
For those considering any stomach related procedure, it is important to see a licensed, professional cosmetic surgeon for a consultation first to determine what is the best procedure for you. There are different types of tummy related operations to address the lower torso’s imperfections. By meeting with a certified doctor beforehand, you can get information about the different options available, what each procedure does or does not do, the cost, risk factors and post op recovery period. Once you have all the required knowledge, you will know if the surgery is right for you.
There are four common procedures done on the abdominal area.
1. Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is the only non-invasive procedure. A laser is used to tighten the loose tissue, so your stomach looks flatter and firmer. It has the shortest recovery period but also has the least dramatic results. The procedure treats the exterior dermis only, not the underlying muscle, fat, or internal tissues. Patients do not require anesthesia for this job.
2. Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is used to improve the look of the lower abdominal area only. A cosmetic doctor removes the excess bulging skin under the belly button by making an incision under the button to remove the excess tissue. Of the three surgical operations, the mini tuck is the least invasive because it only removes the excess skin on the lower portion of the belly. Patients are typically put under a twilight anesthesia for this event. Recovery time takes about one week or less.
3. Standard Tummy Tuck
The standard or full tummy tuck corrects the whole stomach area. A physician cuts the skin between the hips and belly button to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue. Once the extra material has been removed, the doctor pulls the remaining skin and muscle fibers tightly together to make the stomach tissue look flatter and tauter. Patients are put completely under with general anesthesia for this operation. Recovery time takes about two weeks.
4. Circumferential Lower Body Lift
The circumferential lower body lift is the most invasive procedure because it transforms the whole lower part of the body. Excess tissue is surgically removed from the lower back, hips, and abdominal area to tighten and redefine the region. Liposuction is performed to remove the extra fat so more stomach muscles can be tightened. The patient is put under a general anesthesia for this operation and has a longer hospital stay than they would with the other procedures. It generally takes four to six weeks to recover from surgery. The full lower body op has the most noticeable post op results.
Most people today want a flat, firm stomach but diet and exercise aren’t always enough to achieve the desired goals individuals are trying for. When personal methods of tightening the lower torso tissue do not work, patrons off seek the help of a plastic surgeon. Cosmetic doctors use advanced invasive and non-invasive procedures to improve the look and firmness of the skin and underlying tissues.
For those considering a body enhancing procedure, it is important to make an appointment with a trained professional doctor who specializes in plastic surgery first to find out what body enhancing operation is right for their personal needs.