Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

When mother nature needs a hand.

For all those women that had baby’s. For those that have lost major weight. We are going to give some information about the tummy tuck! Plastic Surgery isn’t always just about changing yourself or making yourself look better, sometimes it can be just as necessary as helpful at the same time.

When women have babies, their body, especially the abdomen, streches out an enormous size in a relatively short period. After giving birth, lot’s of women suffer from strech marks. But that is not the only thing. Without these new mama’s knowing, a lot of them also suffer from so called “abdominal muscle hernia’s”. Which we can explain like a fracture in the abdominal muscle that doesn’t heal itself.

Lot’s of new mama’s go to the gym and diet to get their old shape back. Many of them succeed in loosing the pounds and get slimmer, but the only problem area that is very difficult to get back to ‘normal’ again is the abdomen. How can you get rid of strech marks? Loose skin? And the buldge? The one and only thing that can help you solve one of the above problems is a tummy tuck!

Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia* of the abdominal wall.

*fascia: a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.

In other words, the plastic surgeon get’s rid of excessive skin, and a lot of strech marks (depending on how many you have, in some patients they dissapear completely). But here is the best part! While the plastic surgeon is getting rid of all that, he can also fix the hernia in the abdominal muscle! As it’s standard in Colombia to do so, surgeons we work with are capable to give you an internal corset made out of your own muscles to leave you with a very flat abdomen! This procedure is best done, when the woman that seeks this kind of plastic surgery has no desires to become a mom (again).

This is not because it’s dangerous- some people tend to think or have heard it’s dangerous to get pregnant after a tummy tuck – but it’s more because once you have done it and you get pregnant again, the hard work of the surgeon (and you ofcourse, the patient ) can get lost. However this is not in all the cases true. We know women personally who have gotten preggo’s just after a tummy tuck and have achieved to regain their abdomen just like after surgery.

We from Calibelleza say “better safe, then sorry”- so just wait till you’re done having kids is the best way to go. Not only women benefit from this procedure: in some cases also men! When there is a lot of weightloss in a short period of time, think of gastric bypasses and so on, people get stuck with a lot of loose hanging skin. This can be very heavy on those people not just in aestetic form but also physical. For those people a tummy tuck can really lift a lot of weight of their shoulders.

There are different kinds of abdominoplasty’s/tummy tuck’s. The most common are;

Complete abdominoplasty
In general, a complete (or full) abdominoplasty follows these steps:

  1. An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.
  2. Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin.
  3. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia to be tightened. The muscle fascia wall is tightened with sutures.
  4. Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zones of the abdominal sculpture.
  5. A dressing and a compression garment are applied and any excess fluid from the site is drained.

Partial abdominoplasty
A partial (or mini) abdominoplasty proceeds as follows:

  1. A smaller incision is made.
  2. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed.
  3. Sometimes the belly button stalk is divided from the muscle below and the belly button slid down lower on the abdominal wall.
  4. Sometimes a portion of the abdominal muscle fascia wall is tightened.
  5. Liposuction is often used to contour the transition zone.
  6. The flap is stitched back into place.

Extended abdominoplasty
An extended abdominoplasty is a complete abdominoplasty PLUS a lateral thigh lift. The resulting scar runs from the posterior axillary line (when placing your open hands on your hips, the thumbs lie along the posterior axillary line.) The operation does all of the abdominal contouring of a complete abdominoplasty and allows further improvement of the flank (waist), as well as smoothing the contour of the upper lateral thigh.

Circumferential abdominoplasty
A circumferential abdominoplasty is an extended abdominoplasty PLUS a buttock lift. The resulting scar runs all the way around the body, and the operation is also called a Belt Lipectomy or Body Lift. This operation is most appropriate for patients who have undergone massive weight loss.

Combination procedures
An abdominoplasty is a component of a lower body lift and can be combined with liposuction contouring, breast reduction ,breast lift , or with a brazillian buttlift. A popular name for breast enhancement procedures performed in conjunction with an abdominoplasty is a “mommy makeover“.

Recovery
Depends on the problem to be treated, surgical technique(s), and other factors. Can take 2 to 4 weeks and patients are advised to take at least a portion of this recovery time off from work.

  • Heavy activity especially is best avoided during this time.
  • Initially there may be bruising and discomfort.
  • A supportive abdominal binder or compression garment can minimize swelling / bruising, and support the repaired tissues. This compression garment is also effective in helping the skin in the treated area conform to its new shape.
  • Patients are advised to avoid all forms of nicotine for a month or longer prior to surgery and also during the recovery period.
  • Full recovery takes 3–6 months, with further fading of scars thereafter. Scars may appear red and prominent at first, but with proper care, they heal into a thin, silvery line.

If you would like to receive more information about this or other procedures, please visit the website: www.calibelleza.com and don’t forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter where we offer monthly discounts and promotions.

This month of May- We will be having the “mommy make over” at a special price.

Written by Cheyenne Riglia
Monica

Monica

Stylist / Model Scout / Blogger (Editor in Chief) / PR / Events Planner / and Proud Mother, Wife and Lover of Life. Also follows the developments in international fashion trends closely as well as keeping an eye on the webshops for the latest fashion news.

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