For people battling with obesity, getting rid of the weight is just the first step in their journey to becoming the best version of themselves. Many people struggle to get rid of the loose skin that has formed as a result of the weight loss, along with any pockets of stubborn fat that remain.
Thanks to the stubborn nature of these pockets of fat, getting rid of them without surgery is extremely difficult, even for people who follow a strict diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. To remove excess sagging skin and stubborn fat from the stomach, many patients choose abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty: Get a Spectacular-Looking Stomach
Abdominoplasty, or the tummy tuck as it is commonly known, is performed to make the abdomen look fit, trim, and firm. The surgery gets rid of excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen, and the muscles in the abdominal wall are tightened with internal sutures. Many people get this surgery done in conjunction with liposuction for even better contouring.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
Dr. Wali first uses general anesthesia to sedate the patient. Once the anesthesia takes its effect, Dr. Wali creates two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone and the other around the navel. Through these incisions, Dr. Wali lifts the skin from the abdominal muscles.
Next, the abdominal muscles are stitched together with sutures for a firmer tummy and a narrower waist. Excess fat is removed with liposuction, and excess skin is trimmed away. Once the remaining skin is redraped tightly, a new bellybutton is created in a way that its positioning looks natural.
The final step involves closing the incisions with stitches. The entire process can take anywhere between two and five hours.
Perfect Candidates for Abdominoplasty
A perfect candidate for a tummy tuck is anyone who:
• Is in good health
• Follows an active lifestyle but has been unable to get rid of excess flab
• Does not plan to give birth to another child
Patients must not consider abdominoplasty as an alternative to weight loss. Those who are gearing up to embark on a weight-loss journey must opt for the procedure after achieving a healthy weight.
Preparation for Abdominoplasty Surgery
To prepare for your procedure, you will need to quit smoking at least four weeks before the procedure. Stop taking any herbal supplements, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory drugs in order to avoid bleeding-related complications.
Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight for at least a year before your abdominoplasty procedure. Arrange for a friend or a family member to give you a ride home after your operation.
Recovery and Healing After Abdominoplasty
• While you are healing from your procedure, care for the surgical site as diligently as possible.
• Avoid performing strenuous activities for at least a month to six weeks after surgery.
• Avoid all forms of nicotine for at least a month after the procedure.
• Wear your post-surgical elastic compression garment during the recovery period to help ameliorate swelling and bruising.
• Rest for at least a couple of weeks.
The Impressive Results of a Tummy Tuck
People who have opted for abdominoplasty start noticing results within a couple of weeks. A firmer abdomen is noticeable immediately. To ensure these results are sustainable, patients need to maintain a healthy body weight.
Make an Appointment for a Consultation
Dr. Dev Wali is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience, so contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wali. During this consultation, the two of you will discuss abdominoplasty in greater detail.