Abdominoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. Frequently called a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty is typically performed on an individual who has lost a substantial amount of weight quickly or had a baby. It's also a solution for those who cannot tone the abdominal area with regular exercise.
Abdominoplasty is the surgical reparation of the abdominal region. Abdominal skin often sags due to pregnancy, aging, and rapid weight loss. Exercise does not always resolve this issue.
During a tummy tuck, the surgeon removes extra fat and skin, tightens muscles, and makes the abdominal skin more taut.
Abdominoplasty can be done in any surgical setting. The patient is sedated, and the process lasts from two to five hours.
The surgeon makes a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen and exposes the stomach muscles. The muscles are tightened and stitched, and the excess skin is removed.
The incision is then sutured. Some patients need to spend a day in the hospital during recovery. The patient can resume normal activities within four to six weeks.
Complications that arise from surgery may include infection or a collection of blood or fluid beneath the skin. Tissue loss can occur, and some people have inadequate healing which may require a secondary surgery.
The incision leaves a scar, however it fades with time and can be concealed with make-up and clothes.
The cost of abdominoplasty can vary depending on the extent of the surgery needed. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery quotes the average cost for a tummy tuck at $5,300.00. This cost is only the surgeon fee and doesn't include anesthesia services and the cost of the surgical facility which can add another $2,500-10K+ depending on georgraphic region and surgeon.
Abdominoplasty can significantly enhance the appearance of the stomach. It also improves the overall silhouette of the entire body.
A person opting for this procedure can have a flat, toned, wrinkle-free abdomen, and because the surgery tightens the stomach muscles, a tummy tuck recipient’s posture improves as well.
Anyone who is in fairly good shape but has loose abdominal skin is the ideal candidate for this surgery. A person who has weakened muscles due to pregnancy or someone who has rapidly lost weight can also elect to have a tummy tuck.
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