ABDOMINOPLASTY: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RISKS?
Abdominoplasty Dubai | 1 August 2021
The decision to undergo surgery is intimidating. Here’s a guide on the benefits and risks of tummy tuck surgery that may help you reach a conclusion.
Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, prior surgery complications, heredity, and ageing are some of the most common causes of excess fat accumulation around the abdomen. Many people find it extremely difficult to shed this unwanted fat with diet and exercise. A tummy tuck surgery is the most sought-after surgical procedure designed to tighten stomach muscles and sculpt the waistline.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a surgical process to remove loose, excess fat and tighten the abdominal skin. It restores elasticity in the tummy area to provide a more toned, firmer appearance.
Who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty is suitable for individuals at a healthy, stable weight who are bothered by the appearance of their abdomen and wish to get rid of a tummy bulge. Patients must have realistic expectations about the results of tummy tuck surgery, as it is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise. Also, be aware of the appearance of scars as a part of the surgery.
It may be wiser to reconsider your decision and hold off the tummy tuck surgery if you’re considering future pregnancy or want to lose more weight. It is because having children or losing more weight will further change your body and undo the effects of a tummy tuck surgery.
What are the types of a tummy tuck surgery?
According to individual concerns, cosmetic surgeons recommend different types of tummy tuck surgeries to achieve the desired outcome. The most common types of tummy tucks include:
Mini tummy tuck: A mini tummy tuck may be a good option for people having fat deposits below the belly button. The procedure involves a single incision above the pubic mound, through which the surgeon tightens loose muscles and flattens the pooch.
Full tummy tuck: This is the traditional tummy tuck, which addresses the entire length of the abdominal wall to improve the upper and lower abdomen. The surgeon makes a horizontal or U-shaped incision above the pubic mound to tighten the abdominal muscles. Some cases may require a second incision around the navel to remove the excess skin above the belly button.
Extended tummy tuck: Patients with sagging skin due to excessive weight loss or significant laxity in abdominal muscles after multiple pregnancies can opt for an extended tummy tuck surgery. The process involves a longer incision to eliminate hanging skin from the front and the flanks to tighten the abdominal wall.
Dr. Matteo Vigo is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is the world’s leading professional body for board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons.
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