If you feel as though your abdominal muscles have been weakened by pregnancy, weight loss, or simply due to the natural aging process, you might be interested in abdominoplasty surgery; although you might recognize this procedure under its other name of a ‘tummy tuck.’
Abdominoplasty can give you a flatter, smoother stomach following surgery and it will surely help give you back your self-confidence.
Abdominal muscles weakening
No matter what it is that has caused your abdominal muscles to weaken, you will undoubtedly feel unhappy with your current appearance. You may wear loose and baggy clothing to disguise your stomach, especially if you have been left with excess skin following extreme weight loss.
If you would like to return your body to its former self, or if you would like to achieve the flatter stomach that you have always wanted, you can look into cosmetic surgery for help.
During the abdominoplasty surgery
A tummy tuck is carried out under general anesthetic and should you decide to undergo abdominoplasty you will need to stay in the hospital for a couple of nights to stabilize enough to go home. During the surgery, the surgeon makes an incision from hip to hip across the lower abdomen and then goes about repairing the muscles that have been weakened.
After this stage of the procedure has been carried out, the surgeon then stretches the skin into place and sutures are put in place, with any excess skin being removed.
Period of recovery
Abdominoplasty is an invasive procedure and as such it includes a fairly long period of recovery of six to eight weeks, although your recovery period will need to be decided by your cosmetic surgeon during your post-operative check-up. You must attend this visit so that your surgeon can check on your progress and make sure that you are recovering well.
During the recovery period, you will need to book time off work and will need to have someone that can take over any household or childcare duties that you usually undertake as you won’t be able to carry them out.
The results of abdominoplasty are incredibly positive, with patients reporting a flatter, smoother tummy that they are proud to show off. Any scarring that you are left with will appear very pink, to begin with, but as your body recovers from the surgery, it will begin to fade. You will be able to wear swim wear at the beach, will be able to wear tight-fitting clothing and won’t need to feel embarrassed about your stomach anymore.