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Abdominoplasty | Tummy Tuck | Getting A Tight Belly

Updated on October 22, 2010

The tummy tuck is called as abdominoplasty in medical words. The word plasty means fixation and abdomino refers to abdomen or parts of abdomen, so abdominoplasty means surgical fixation of abdomen. This procedure is helpful for people seeking information on getting a tight belly with cosmetic surgery.

There are different forms of abdominoplasty including:

  1. Classic abdominoplasty: Involves mobilization to the ribcage and navel displacement.
  2. Mini abdominoplasty: Involves mobilization only a little above the belly button without dislocation of the same.
  3. Large Abdominoplasty: Involves addition of vertical incisions in massive excess skin
  4. Upper tummy tuck: Involves a cut in the crease below the breast (used for problematic scarring).

Indications for Abdominoplasty

Though the main reasons for abdominoplasty or tummy tuck in women are after pregnancy states most often multiple pregnancies and massive weight loss after giving birth to each child. On one hand, the abdominal skin gets stretched massively and on other hand, the abdominal wall consisting of abdominal muscles and solid fiber layers get expanded. A few days after the baby is delivered, women start experiencing hanging tummy which is the result of first of all extensive stretching of muscles for 9 months and then immediate release of muscle tissues and fibers with the delivery of baby.

Also, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is indicated in men and women who have undergone excessive weight loss within a period of few months. In this case, also same changes happen but are less than what have happened at the time of pregnancy. Due to this immediate weight reduction, there is accumulation of a huge part of excess skin fat called as fat apron in medical terms.

Due to the above conditions, the appearance of belly becomes deformed limiting people to wear belly covered clothes. It is difficult to get into the swimming pool wearing a swimming costume. Some women also find it difficult to wear saris because of lose belly that does not look nice. Also despite regular exercise and balanced diet, lose belly problem does not change, due to all these concerns and several others, it becomes important for a person to undergo tummy tuck or abdominoplasty to improve the aesthetic beauty of their body.

The patient should stop smoking 2 weeks before getting an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck done, as this is helpful in minimizing the risk of poor wound healing after the procedure. Also, after completion of wound healing, there is no risk. Tummy tuck operation takes approximately 2 hours to be completed but can prolong depending on any intraoperative complications if or when encountered. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia. Incisions whether they are deep or superficial depend on the amount of fat tissue needs to be reduced. Depending on the extent of abdominoplasty, 1 to 2 days of hospitalization is required.


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      Catherine 5 years ago

      Tummy tuck is best surgical procedure to remove fat and tightened body skin for reducing sign of age.It's safe too.


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      ftclick 7 years ago

      good procedure once you've tried everything else OR I guess if you simply have mo more time.

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      Alternative Prime 7 years ago from > California

      Hi soni2006,

      Very interesting regarding the several different abdominolplasty procedures. Very informative Hub.

      Alternative Prime

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the visit Sweetie. Yes, it's a pretty safe one.

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      sweetie1 7 years ago from India

      hi Soni,

      Nice hub.. i hope this is safe procedure.