Tummy Tuck Surgery Facts and Procedures

Abdominoplasty surgery, commonly known as a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that is performed in order to give a patient a smooth, toned appearance to their mid to lower abdomen.

The surgery is usually completed in order to remove excess fat and skin from the body to provide a more attractive appearance and eliminate stretch marks, sagging, wrinkled, and aging skin.

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Where It All Started

Originally known as a dermolipectamy, the surgery was first performed around the turn of the 20th century to help people affected by umbilical hernia’s.

One of the major issues with the first attempts at the surgery was the permanent removal of the belly button when the skin of the stomach was pulled tight. In 1909, German Doctor Weinhold managed to remove and reposition the belly button to make the procedure more natural looking for the patient after the procedure was completed.

As plastic and cosmetic surgery became more advanced throughout the 20th and 21st centuries abdominoplasty surgery techniques became less risky.

The Basic Procedure

For Instance;  to complete a tummy tuck London the patient is placed under general anesthesia before a large incision is made along the abdomen from one hip to the other.

The belly button is removed and repositioned in a position that will be natural when excess skin is removed; in many cases liposuction is undertaken to remove excess fat and provide a slender, toned appearance post surgery.

Major Issues

As one of the major issues affecting patients undertaking abdominoplasty surgery is the loosening and separation of muscles loosening the skin, sutures are used to re-attach the muscles of the abdomen. The final act of the surgery is the placing together of the skin of the stomach to allow the abdomen to heal.

Is It Considered Safe?

Abdominoplasty is a relatively safe procedure, although as with all surgeries there is a risk of problems – including complications from an anesthetic.

Who Is A Good Candidate?

People who are in general good health and do not smoke are good candidates to undertake the procedure; numerous pregnancy’s are one of the main causes of sagging abdominal skin in women and the procedure should only be undertaken when the patient does not wish to become pregnant again.

Abdominoplasty does not affect the ability to carry a child but a pregnancy can reverse the positive effects of the surgery.  An individual who sees their weight fluctuate on a regular basis can also be a good candidate for the procedure; maintaining a constant weight after the surgery is completed is important to keep the positive effects of the procedure.

Expected Results

Following the completion of surgery each patient should be left with a firmer, more toned abdominal appearance; the procedure is commonly used when diet and exercise are not successful in giving a toned appearance. Other individuals who are good candidates for surgery include those affected by aging and wrinkled skin and earlier surgeries resulting in separated muscles in the abdomen.

About Donna May

Author Donna May is an at home skin care specialist who researches and writes about skin care products, does product reviews, and likes to discover new techniques for dealing with the many different kinds of skin issues that people develop over the course of their lives.