• Friday June 2, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

    One of the most annoying bodily predicaments faced by many, especially men in particular, is the presence of excess fat clinging around the waist. Worse, some are actually having protruding stomachs that made them look like they are pregnant.

    It is one thing to blame one’s lifestyle and heating habits for those irksome bugles. It is another thing to actually find a way to get out of the situation and start living life with a slim and sexy tummy to boast about. Exercise and diet can do the trick, but with much patience and hard work. Still, it is a general fact that some people do have large fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that diet and exercise can’t put up with. Other alternatives have to be considered in this case.

    Plastic surgery provides a solution to this problem through a cosmetic surgery procedure called abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen so as to tighten the abdominal walls and muscles.

    Patients who want to have a tummy tuck can choose to go through a complete or partial abdominoplasty. The full tummy tuck involves having the plastic surgeon make an incision from hipbone to hipbone, right above the pubic area. Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin, and be separated from the abdominal wall. This then reveals the targeted muscles to be tightened.

    To create a smaller waist, through building a stronger abdominal wall, the plastic surgeon pulls the loose muscles from the left and the right sides and sutures them together. Any excess skin is removed, and a new hole is created for the belly button at the right position. All the incisions shall then be sutured and dresses, with any extra fluid from the area drained. A full tummy tuck generally takes 2 to 5 hours.

    Meanwhile, partial tummy tuck involves separating the skin between the incision line and the belly button only. Thus, this is a lot simpler. The cosmetic surgeon will then stretch down the skin flap, remove any excess skin, and stitch the flap back into place. Local anesthetic can be used in this procedure, which lasts about 1 to 2 hours only.

    The risks and side effects associated with abdominoplasty include numbness of abdominal skin, temporary pain, swelling, bruising, and constant tiredness for weeks or even months. Bleeding under the skin flap, infection, blood clots, or even poor healing that ends up in scarring or skin loss, are also potential risks.

    Depending on the patient’s physical condition, recovery from tummy tuck usually takes about weeks or even months. For patients in good shape, full recovery can take up to two weeks.

    To get the best out of tummy tuck, patients need to consult their surgeon about the resuming physical activity, proper exercise and diet. This is to ensure that those bulges and flabs will be gone for good.

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  • Anon Richards - June 22, 2006, 7:16 am PDT

    Great article. Nice blog.

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