Monthly Archives September 2009

Partial Abdominoplasty: The Mini Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty surgery is meant for those who need more than just a liposuction to get back the right body contours. And a partial abdominoplasty, being even a less invasive surgery is meant for you if you have just a slight problem of a little abdominal skin sag and belly protrusion. If this is happening to you due to aging, or even if you have an otherwise slim figure which you want to sculpt and tone up further, you might be better off opting for a mini tummy tuck than anything else.

Tummytuck, abdominoplasty

Mini tummy tuck and full abdominoplasty incisions

Since the length of the surgical incision is smaller than the traditional complete abdominoplasty, it is sometimes also referred to as the ‘scarless abdominoplasty’.

Points of Difference:-

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From a Surgeon’s point of view : Abdominoplasty

Excess abdominal skin and fat and the laxity of the abdominal muscles is mostly due to multiple pregnancies which stretches the skin beyond its bio-mechanical ability to retract to normal. If the skin has not naturally returned to its normal form and size in 6 months time, it probably never will. Basically, it is the massive weight loss, be it due to dieting or post-pregnancy loss or after a gastric bypass surgery, which causes the problem of abdominal laxity. The biggest defect area is around and below the navel, where the excess skin is most prominent.

Tummy tuck as with all major surgeries, a good surgeon will scan the complete medical history of the potential candidate, note any previous pregnancies and their effects on the abdomen, document previous surgical procedures, discuss the patient’s history of weight gain and loss, note any future plans for pregnancy and inquire into the patient’s history of medical problems.

Abdominoplasty surgeon conducts a complete physical examination to evaluate the condition and strength of abdominal muscles and the quality and elasticity of the skin.

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Why Abdominoplasty? : tummy tuck

Abs that bulge out because of multiple pregnancies or substantial weight loss have two components- first, thick deposits of fat under the belly and two, over-stretched skin and loosened muscles.

The first problem of fat can be taken care of by proper diet, exercise, and even procedures like liposuction where nothing else works. But if the problem you face is majorly of the second category i.e. excess hanging skin and loose muscles, then none of the aforementioned remedies really work much! And this isn’t meant to undermine the importance of good diet and fitness regime in helping you reduce the tummy.

Nevertheless, in many stubborn cases, the only sensible option left is a Tummy Tuck. Though, you might opt to include liposuction in the procedure under consultation with your surgeon  if it’s deemed helpful.

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What you need to know about Abdominoplasty : tummy tuck

Since Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, the complete procedure has to be carried out under general anesthesia. So, obviously, you should be prepared for at least one night’s hospital stay. Better still, if you have 3-4 days to spare. Usually, one is discharged in up to 3-4 days.

If you are sure that you need an Abdominoplasty and you are a suitable candidate, the next most important thing is to find a good surgeon and a good clinical set up for cosmetic surgery in your area. A qualified and experienced surgeon would also give you the right guidance and advise for your specific case. He would evaluate your suitability as candidate and suggest you the best fix in terms of whether a partial tummy tuck is fine for you or if it is better to try avoiding a surgery at all and look for alternative remedies.

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