What is a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure which helps a patient to get rid of abdominal wall and trunk correct proportions violations resulting from muscles hyperextension and tummy skin and fat folds thickness increasing. Despite its longevity in plastic surgeries series, abdominoplasty is still one of the most difficult types of plastic surgeries in all respects. Currently, this surgery has gained a great popularity.

What makes patients and doctors to resort to surgical correction of the abdomen? What are the indications for abdominoplasty? The indications for abdominoplasty are: excess skin and subcutaneous tissue of abdominal wall, which cannot be removed by other means and methods (diet, exercise, liposuction and these methods combination), inability to perform liposuction due to the sharp decrease in collagen - elastic skin characteristics (a danger of "baked apple" effect on the abdomen skin after liposuction), presence of strongly pronounced stretch marks (pale striae) with excess abdominal skin, presence of skin and fat apron and ptosis of anterior abdominal wall, discrepancy between rectus abdominis and general stretching of the abdominal muscles, rough postsurgical scares on the lower abdomen.

It is possible and necessary to fulfill elimination of abdominal wall hernias (umbilical, inguinal or postsurgical) along with abdominoplasty. It is also possible to remove lower ribs to emphasize the waist. It is not recommended to combine abdominoplasty with other cavitary surgeries. There are some contraindications for abdominoplasty: uncompensated heart and lung disorders, decompensated diabetes, severe obesity, presence of scars above the navel and planned within the next year pregnancy.

Health experts from stanley-medical.com persist that abdominoplasty is not a surgery for obesity treatment and weight loss. So, before you resort to it you must find out causes of obesity, try other non-surgical means of weight loss. Because, if to perform a surgery at maximum weight, then the result will be unusable after weight loss as excess skin may be formed again.

There is a procedure of mini abdominoplasy - excision of excess skin of abdominal wall without navel moving. A scar above the pubis on bikini level with 15-20 cm length remains after this surgery. Sometimes this procedure is combined with liposuction. Basically, abdominoplasty is performed by moving the belly button, due to the fact that it is impossible to tighten the upper abdomen muscles without this technique. Anterior abdominal wall muscles plastic is also performed, because it is impossible to change the profile of the abdomen without this procedure. Long scar above the pubis (30-40 cm) remains after this surgery and a scar around the moved belly button is almost invisible.

Dan Sulick for stanley-medical.com with the assistance from http://www.redrapage-ventre-montreal.com/en/index.html - Canadian expert in abdominoplasty and tummy tuck procedures in Montreal.