Abdominal SurgeryAbdominoplasty. 'Tummy Tuck' & Body Contouring

People are sometimes left with empty hanging folds of skin after pregnancy, serious weight loss, or as a reuslt of aging. When this loose skin is surgically removed from the belly, the process is called abdominoplasty, tummy tuck or body contouring. When the skin is removed around the whole waist to raise the buttock, lateral thighs and trim the tummy, the process is called body lifting. Thigh lifting is used on loose inner thigh skin or posterior thigh skin.

This surgery is designed to tighten loose and flabby skin. Body contouring surgery changes the texture of the skin by stretching it, thereby making the looseness and wrinkling less apparent. Body contouring surgery may be combined with liposuction.

Liposuction is designed to improve fat bulges, not to tighten loose skin. In fact, liposuction alone can make the appearance of the skin worse in patients with poor skin elasticity. As with liposuction, body contouring surgery is not intended to correct obesity; patients should be at normal or near-normal weight before surgery.

Although abdominoplasty is sometimes peformed under local anesthesia, most other body contouring surgery requires general anesthesia. Loose skin cannot be removed without leaving scars, and body contouring often means long incisions that in such.

Your plastic surgeon will make every effort to give you the most minimal scars possible, and to conceal them in the least visible areas. Your doctor will advise you during your consultation about the type of scar you are likely to get. Although scars will fade over time, you should be aware that the scars will be permanent, and that their final width, height and color are not entirely predictable.

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