A lot of people desire a well-toned abdomen, but sometimes this feat may seem impossible to achieve even after vigorous exercise and strict dieting. In some cases, people who have normal weight and are in good shape also have a loose abdomen due to various factors such as heredity, aging, pregnancy, and fluctuations in weight. A good way to combat sagging skin in the abdominal area is through an plastic surgery procedure known as an abdominoplasty.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
An abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck surgery is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominals. In many cases, it helps in restoring weakened abominal muscles as well. These restored muscles enable the abdomen to become firmer and smoother.
The first step of the surgery is administering of anesthesia, followed by making an incision on the area between the belly and pubic hairline. Another incision may be made around the naval area, based on the amount of skin in the upper abdomen. Following this, the skin in the upper abdominal area is pulled downwards, the excess skin is trimmed, and the rest of the skin is sutured together.
A new position for the belly button is then made, after which the belly button is pushed to the surface and then stitched back into place. After this, the incision is closed and bandaged. The results of the surgery are long-lasting, and will be visible in a few days post-surgery.
How You Should Prepare for the Abdominoplasty Procedure
It is crucial to take certain measures before the procedure in order to ensure an effective and smooth surgery and recovery. It is important that you get a medical evaluation done prior to the surgery, so as to be sure that the abdominoplasty procedure is the right option for you.
You may need to adjust your current medications or take some specific medications pre-surgery. Anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and herbal medications must be avoided as they increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. You will also have to quit smoking at least six weeks before the surgery to promote a faster recovery.
A change in eating habits pre-surgery can also help a long way in recuperating well after the surgery. Keeping your body hydrated is vital as water helps in eliminating toxins from your body. You must also try to maintain a healthy weight and follow a balanced diet ahead of the surgery in order to strengthen your immune system. This can be done by consuming nutritious food such as lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy among many others.
It is also advisable to take a bath before the surgery to clean your body and minimize the risk of bacterial infections. You can also prepare your home to make it easier for you to recover post-surgery. Making transportation arrangements to go back home is suggested, and so is keeping ice packs at home ready to assist in reducing swelling.
It is also advisable to wear clothes that are easy to put on and get off, as this helps in avoiding bending too much after the surgery, and preventing pain. Preparing well ahead of your abdominoplasty can help you achieve the best results of the procedure.
Contact Our Office
If you’re having problems achieving the toned abdominal contours you desire through exercise and dieting alone, then an abdominoplasty can help you. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Doctors Henry Sandel and Claire Duggal. They can help guide you through the procedure and deliver excellent results.