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- Published on Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:44
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The abdomen consists of layers of muscle, connective tissue, fat, subcutaneous tissue and skin. Many individuals find that they selectively accumulate fat in their stomach area, leading to an unsightly appearance. Abdominal reduction surgery (abdominoplasty, colloquially known as the "tummy tuck,") is a surgical procedure which is performed under general anaesthesia and takes two to three hours. The surgeon selectively removes the excess fatty tissue and overlying skin of the stomach, while tightening up the layers of muscle which compose the abdominal wall. Patients with localised deposits of fat may be more suitable for liposuction alone, while those with little fat, but excess lower abdominal skin may be more suited to a mini-abdominoplasty. You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
The best candidates for abdominal reduction surgery are in good physical health and have specific concerns about fatty deposits or skin in their abdominal area which has proven to be resistant to diet and exercise alone. Women who have undergone one or more pregnancies, are often excellent candidates.
While all surgical procedures carry some level of risk, abdominal reduction surgery is quite safe and effective. The most common side effects experienced by most patients are temporary swelling and bruising, which disappear over the course of days to weeks. The time to recovery varies, ranging from weeks to months, depending on the extent of surgery, the amount of muscle mass and patient-specific factors. Candidates for abdominal surgery are advised to consult with their physicians and the cosmetic or plastic surgeon who will be performing the operation, to discuss side effects, risks, and what kind of changes in appearance are reasonable to expect.