For many people, a firm and flat stomach is the ideal tummy type to strive forward. While some are able to achieve this result through diet and rigorous exercise, many others find it difficult to smooth away those bulges and tighten the stomach area. This phenomenon can happen to people of all shapes and sizes – even those who are physically fit. A protruding stomach can often be caused by:
- The aging process
- Fluctuations in weight
If you consider yourself a member of that second group, then it’s time to discover the smoothing, firming powers of the full abdominoplasty.
What Is a Full Abdominoplasty?
A full abdominoplasty – also known as a tummy tuck – is a plastic surgery procedure that’s used to remove excess fat and skin from the stomach area. Additionally, an abdominoplasty can repair and strength the abdominal muscles, creating that desirable smooth profile.
During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make an incision beneath your underwear line in which the excess skin and fatty tissue between the belly button and pubic hairline is removed. The surgeon may then use liposuction to remove excess fat on your hips and flanks to match the flattened and smoothed out stomach. Sutures are used to close the incisions.
During the recovery process, you’ll be instructed to wear a compression garment to help protect the results of your tummy tuck. Recovery can take anywhere from two to four weeks; be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon about when you can resume normal activities.
Is a Full Abdominoplasty Right For You?
The best candidates for a full abdominoplasty procedure will follow a healthy diet and exercise. These candidates should be within 15 pounds of their ideal weight, and have realistic expectations for the procedure. Keep in mind that a full abdominoplasty isn’t a substitute for weight loss; therefore, be sure you’re satisfied with your weight loss before undergoing surgery.
Additionally, women who are planning on becoming pregnant in the future should not undergo a full abdominoplasty.
Full Abdominoplasty at South Coast Plastic Surgery
Ready to get a smoother, firmer stomach? Then schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kyle Song at South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California (also serving the greater Orange County area). Contact South Coast Plastic Surgery today to learn more about a full abdominoplasty. Call 949-701-4454 today.