Abominoplasty is commonly called a tummy tuck and it is an excellent way to flatten the abdominal region.
You may wonder how a tummy tuck is different from liposuction; liposuction involves removing only fat cells while an abdominoplasty is more complicated and also entails removal of extra skin and tightening up of the tissues.
The idea behind a tummy tuck is to give you a nice firm and flat abdomen; it is common for people to end up with flabby bellies, especially if they are over a certain age or are having trouble losing weight after pregnancy.
Other reasons we end up with flabby abdomens is that we have bad eating habits and do not exercise enough; this is common in adults who are often very busy with work and family responsibilities, making it difficult to find time to live a healthy lifestyle.
There is more than one type of tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, that is done though and which one you need to have done will depend on your particular situation; even if you have a tummy tuck it is important to change your lifestyle so, for instance, you should exercise more in future and eat a healthy diet; this should help prevent the same problem from happening again in the future.
Types of abdominoplasty
The two main kinds of abdominoplasty are partial and full; the partial abdominoplasty is also often called a mini abdominoplasty because it removes a minimum of tissue in the lower part of your abdomen; usually the surgeon only needs to cut just above the pubic region and then use this incision to remove extra skin tissue and tighten up the muscles in the lower abdomen.
A full abdominoplasty is usually needed where there is a lot of extra loose skin in the abdomen; this is commonly the case for individuals who have lost a lot of weight and for women who were pregnant; in the case of a full tummy tuck, more skin needs to be cut away and more of the connective tissue and abdominal muscles are tightened over much of the abdomen.
In some cases, the abdominoplasty can be extended to include removing tissue on the upper thighs; or it can be combined with liposuction.
How safe is an abdominoplasty?
People often do worry about how safe a cosmetic surgery such as a tummy tuck is; there are always risks, but these are greatly minimized if you have work done at an accredited health care facility with experienced, reputable and certified surgeons.
Your own state of health is also obviously important, which will be assessed by your doctors and surgeons before you are approved for an abdominoplasty; the doctors will also need to know what medicine you are on and what pre-existing medical conditions you have.
If you are planning to have a tummy tuck and you are approved you need to ensure that you do not smoke or drink too much alcohol before having the surgery done; this is because smoking and drinking alcohol both seriously compromise your ability to heal; your doctor will advise you accordingly on how you can best prepare for the procedure.