Tummy tuck, or ‘abdominoplasty’ to use it’s surgical term, is a useful procedure when the abdominal skin has been stretched and has not retracted back even after diet and exercise. It is not a useful procedure if you want to lose weight. Loose abdominal skin can occur because of a number of reasons;
2. Large weight loss
The appearance of the abdominal skin can be further affected if you have undergone certain surgical procedures such as caesarean section, gastric banding etc. The procedure itself involves removal of the excessive skin and underlying fat and tightening of the abdominal muscles if required.
There are three types of Abdominoplasty;
Only a small overhang of skin is removed below the belly button. A scar is created in the bikini line, but the belly button remains in the same place.
Excessive skin is removed across the whole abdomen and the abdominal muscles may be tightened. The scar is created in the bikini line and the belly button is repositioned.
This procedure is performed when there is excessive abdominal skin which hangs widely at the sides of the abdomen as well as hanging down. The scarring is more extensive, creating a scar across the bikini line and also a scar from the midline, vertically up the abdomen. The belly button is repositioned; the abdominal muscles are tightened, creating a slimmer waistline and flatter abdomen. This procedure is most commonly performed following excessive weight loss.
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