Abdominal Skin Tightening
Having a child, losing a large amount of weight, and age itself can all have a major impact on the look and feel of your stomach. When the skin around your belly loses elasticity, it can become loose or saggy, causing a bulge in your figure. This can result in your clothes fitting a bit awkwardly and a lack of self-confidence due to your physical appearance. If you have tried everything but can’t seem to get rid of that leftover flab, a tummy tuck at UCI Plastic Surgery could be the solution for the slimmed-down figure you are looking for.
Why Won’t the Extra Belly Flab Go Away?
It might not be fat that you are dealing with. Often, when a man or woman notices sagging in his or her abdominal region, he or she will associate it with stubborn fat; however, this isn’t always the case. You can go to the gym and run on the treadmill or StairMaster five days a week while keeping to a strict diet, but if this isn’t doing anything to get rid of that belly flab, it is likely because of excess skin.
Unlike fat, the problem of excess skin cannot be solved with diet and exercise alone. While it is important to eat right and stay active to maintain your health and figure, there is not much that can be done to restore elasticity to skin that has been left sagging after pregnancy or massive weight loss.
How a Tummy Tuck Gets Rid of the Flabby Skin
The tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, but rather a surgery that is designed to remove excess skin and achieve a tighter, flatter abdomen. This is why it is important for patients considering abdominoplasty (the medical term for a tummy tuck) to already be at a stable, healthy weight. There are some instances in which one of our Costa Mesa plastic surgeons may decide that you are an ideal candidate for a combination liposuction and tummy tuck procedure. This will help to reduce any stubborn deposits of abdominal fat while trimming away excess skin for an improved contour.
Your tummy tuck surgery will be performed under the sedation of general anesthesia. One of our highly trained plastic surgeons will then make a horizontal incision, from about hipbone to hipbone, a few inches below your belly button – but don’t worry, you will be able to conceal any future scars under most underwear and bathing suits!
From the incision location, we will be able to repair any damage to the abdominal wall and reshape the underlying tissue. Your skin is then pulled tight to achieve a naturally taut appearance and any excess is then trimmed away. Once your incisions are closed, we will apply any necessary bandages. A compression garment may be required to help minimize swelling and to ensure proper healing of the skin.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Each patient will recover differently from their tummy tuck surgery, but you should plan for about two weeks away from work while your body heals. You will begin to notice your new shape very soon, but bruising and swelling may linger for a few weeks. It will take some time before you see the final results of your procedure.
The tummy tuck provides men and women with life-changing results. They are often thrilled about their new, flatter bellies and cannot wait to throw on their swimsuits and spend an afternoon at the beach. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can enjoy the results of your tummy tuck surgery for years and years to come.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you’re struggling with your own belly flab that won’t go away no matter what you try, it may be because of excess skin and tissue. A tummy tuck can help provide you with the lean abdomen you desire. Give us a call to schedule your tummy tuck consultation at Costa Mesa’s UCI Plastic Surgery — just minutes away from Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.