No matter how hard we try, everyone struggles to shape and firm their lower abdomen. Even those who have a balanced nutrition plan and exercise regularly may feel self-conscious about extra fat deposits below their navel, which are difficult to tone even with rigorous abdominal workouts. Mothers who have given birth to their last child or those that have experienced a dramatic weight loss may feel self-conscious about the natural change in their stomach’s appearance, including loose skin and muscles that used to be taut and firm.
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that can address all of these issues. The surgery helps shape the appearance of your abdomen by eliminating surplus fat deposits and extra skin while tightening the abdominal muscles. There are two main varieties of this procedure, the mini- or partial-abdominoplasty, which primarily removes fat deposits from below the navel only, and a full abdominoplasty, which involves removing fat and skin from across the abdomen as well as repositioning your navel for the ideal look.
Depending on the plan that you have agreed upon with your surgeon, the procedure can take anywhere from one to six hours on average, and recovery takes time. Those who plan to lose a significant amount of weight or get pregnant are not ideal candidates for the surgery, as it may require another procedure to restore your shape. It’s important to set aside time to bounce back after a tummy tuck procedure, allowing your swelling and soreness to subside for approximately six weeks before returning to work, exercise, and other activities.
For those that are eligible for the surgery, a tummy tuck procedure can produce amazing results. A few months after recovering, the most obvious change for most patients is the way that they look in clothes, where they often wear smaller sizes after losing 5 or 10 pounds of weight. Many report that before the procedure, they always wore t-shirts or cover-ups at the beach, and that after abdominoplasty, they much more comfortable wearing swimsuits than ever before. The new shape and contour of the abdomen is permanent, and can be improved and maintained with a healthy diet and exercised for long-term results.