A protruding abdomen can be a cause of discomfort for women. This may be due to excess fat, weak abdominal muscles, pregnancy or decreased skin tone that does not respond to diet or exercise. For those cases that have experienced significant weight loss, the only way to eliminate sagging skin is by this procedure.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to reduce a protruding abdomen.  This is achieved by adjusting the muscles of the abdominal wall and removing excess fat and skin. This procedure is very common and quite beneficial to women.

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are patients whose weight has stabilized after a weight loss regimen or patients who feel they have reached their ideal weight.

Bed rest is recommended for the first 5 days after abdominoplasty surgery. Most patients experience tingling in the abdomen area and this can last up to a year. Any pain or discomfort due to surgery can be controlled by oral medication. Draining tubes will be used for a minimum of 5 days or until the discharged fluids decrease. The sutures are absorbable by your body, however the bandages could be maintained longer. A special abdominal binder is used for 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. During recovery strenuous physical exercises shouldn’t be performed. Most patients return to work within 2 to 3 weeks depending on the extent of the surgery.

There are three basic techniques to slim down a protruding abdomen. The best technique will depend on your specific problem.  For some, liposuction alone can produce a thin abdomen.  If there’s sagging skin below the navel a mini-tummy tuck is the right procedure for you. For those who have severe sagging of their abdominal muscles or excess skin a full tummy tuck will be your only option.

Abdominoplasty surgeries are usually performed under spinal anesthesia and involve an incision around the navel and one that could go from hip to hip. Your entire abdominal wall is fitted with permanent sutures and excess fat and skin is removed. After surgery, weight loss can occur because of a reduction in food intake caused by the adjustment of the abdominal wall.

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