If you have a flabby midsection and are looking for a way to get rid of the excess fat, then a full abdominoplasty might be the perfect solution to your problem. A lot of people, especially women, tend to accumulate fat around the midsection of their abdominal area for variety of reasons.
One of the main causes of this fat accumulation is aging. Others may include poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, lifestyle, weight fluctuations, heredity, and childbirth.
A tummy tuck surgery, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to remove excessive skin and fat around the abdominal area. It also helps in restoring the separated or weakened muscles and can give you a firmer and smoother abdominal profile.
There are a couple of key differences between a full abdominoplasty and a mini abdominoplasty. In a full abdominoplasty, all the skin around your stomach area (covering the entire stomach) will get separated from the muscle and fat layers lying underneath. The surgeon will treat the area below and above the naval.
This is followed by the tightening of the skin on the stomach and removal of excess skin below and above the naval. A new hole will also be made for the naval in a full abdominoplasty and the large abdominal muscle gets tightened.
Full Abdominoplasty: The Procedure
The full abdominoplasty procedure is typically performed under the effect of general anesthesia and takes around 3 hours to be completed. A single long incision is made by the surgeon in the skin crease beneath the lower abdomen. A second incision is also made for freeing the patient’s naval.
The cosmetic surgeon will lift the extra skin to access the abdominal muscles. These muscles are pulled together and stitched into a new position to create a flatter and smoother abdominal wall. Next, the surgeon removes all extra skin and creates a new naval. Finally, he stitches the incisions together to achieve a slimmer waistline.
Recovery and Results
The full abdominoplasty procedure involves the application of bandages or dressings to the incisions. Your surgeon will likely wrap you in a compression garment or an elastic bandage to help minimize swelling. This also helps in supporting the treated abdomen while it is still healing after surgery.
Tiny, thin tubes are also usually placed underneath the skin to drain all excess fluid or blood. These tubes are removed by the surgeon when deemed fit.
You will likely experience some swelling in the abdominal area immediately after the full abdominoplasty procedure. This is temporary and absolutely normal. You will be able to stand tall and show off your brand new, slimmer abdomen within a week or so.
A full abdominoplasty procedure is ideal for achieving a firmer and flatter midsection that looks proportionate to your weight and body type.
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Contact our office to learn more about the procedure and the benefits it can provide for you. With the help of Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon, you can gain the flat midsection you desire with a safe and effective procedure.