Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical intervention that is used to correct the defects of the abdomen, such as excess fat or to improve the muscles, mainly changing its shape.
Although a large part of the patients who undergo this medical procedure are women who have gone through a pregnancy in order to erase the potential effects caused by pregnancy, the truth is that more and more men are turning to it to remove the accumulated fat and get a flat and smooth belly.
It is important to underline that, as indicated by medical experts, abdominoplasty does not help you lose weight. In fact, candidates are recommended to undergo this operation to go to the operating room with their ideal weight. Nor is it the solution to end stretch marks.
What it does is to remove excess skin, correct excess skin, and end muscle deformities in the abdomen and beautify the entire area of the abdomen and its adjoining spaces, something that this technique achieves perfectly.
Depending on the area of the abdomen that you want to get intervened and the problem with which you want to end, one type or another of surgery will be applied, so it is essential to visit a doctor specialized in this type of surgery beforehand since a correct diagnosis is key to get rid of everything that has pushed us to an aesthetic center.
It will be in the clinic of the expert in abdominoplasty when we see if it is necessary to operate above or below the navel, if the problem is only caused by an excess of adipose tissue or skin or if it affects muscle tone.
Beyond the corrections that each patient requires, in most cases, it is necessary to apply general anesthesia as a previous step to an operation that usually takes between two and five hours. Once the intervention is finished, the patient, depending on the complexity of the surgery, must remain admitted to the medical facility for one to two days.
Depending on the size of the operation and the area, the scar that remains as a result of the surgery will be larger or smaller. In any case, thanks to medical advances, this could be virtually imperceptible, and the most common incision areas are the umbilical zone, the upper pubic area, and the groin
Types of abdominoplasty techniques:
These are the different types of surgical interventions that are performed on the abdominal wall. Depending on the area to be corrected and the patient's own characteristics, one or another technique will be used.
Liposuction: it is carried out when the patient presents an excess of fat in the abdomen without any involvement in the skin or muscle and, therefore, neither of these other two areas requires intervention.
Mini-tummy tuck without umbilical disintegration: a technique that is used when the patient has an excess of skin and fat under the navel. The umbilical zone is not involved in it.
Mini-tummy tuck with umbilical disintegration: a technique that is used when an excess of fat and skin is detected in the area above the navel.
Abdominoplasty with a vertical scar: a technique that is used when an excess of fat and skin is detected, requires separating the navel from the skin to proceed to remove excess tissues. The fat is removed and the excess skin is replaced.
Fleur-de-Lys abdominoplasty: a technique used to remove large amounts of excess skin from the patient's abdomen.
Classic tummy tuck: a technique used to remove excess skin from the navel area. After removing the excess, the skin of the umbilical is joined to the pubis and the groin
Tummy tuck with lateral extensions: a technique used to address the accumulation of fat accumulated on both sides of the abdomen.
Circumferential tummy tuck: a technique used to remove the skin of patients who have lost a lot of weight in all regions of the abdomen.
Reverse or ascending tummy tuck: a technique used to remove excess skin eradicated above the umbilical area. In the case of women who undergo this operation, they can take advantage to use the leftovers in a parallel chest intervention if they want to do so.
As you can see, there are many and very specific different techniques that exist to address the problems of excess skin or fat in the abdomen area, so it should be the tummy tuck surgeon who, after listening to the patient and analyzing their particular case in a consultation, decide which is the best option to get the best results.
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