Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgery to tighten the abdominal wall, in which also excess fat is removed (liposuction). Then use of the abdominoplasty is often given to people with sagging belly skin and as Hernioplastik because of an oversized hernia (including rectus diastase).
Reasons for a tummy tuck
A tummy tuck is made when there is a skin surplus in the abdominal area (sagging belly skin). This is often the result of a large weight loss. The patients have already lost several pounds. With a tummy tuck the look of the abdomen is adapted to the new weight. This procedure is not for fat reduction, the weight should be reduced beforehand through a diet, but can be supplemented if necessary by a liposuction.
For many women as well as many men a slim and firm belly is an expression of youthfulness and fitness. The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty serves to surgically remove excess tissue and skin on the abdomen to create a harmonious contour of the upper body. Patients who are interested in a tummy tuck often have been suffering from a strong excess of tissue on their abdomen for several years, which limits their daily lives. Patients often develop shame to show up in close or lightweight clothing and avoid places like the beach, swimming pool or sauna. Plastic surgery therefore often not only helps to achieve a completely new and positive body sensation, but also achieves a clear mental improvement in patients.
The tummy tuck after heavy weight loss
One of the most common reasons why people think about a tummy tuck is over-stretching of the skin and subcutaneous tissue as a result of heavy weight loss. Particularly pronounced is the skin coat on the stomach, if those with previous strong obesity by their own strength or with medical help (eg with a gastric band) have lost a lot in a short time. Frequently, the stretched skin lacks the necessary elasticity to adapt in time to the new body circumference. As a result, so-called fat aprons appear, which for many patients have the actually enjoyable experience of achieving ideal weight.
Tummy tuck after pregnancy
Expectant mothers are of course looking forward to the pregnancy as well as to the birth, breastfeeding and the time afterwards. During pregnancy, the tissue and the skin stretch on the abdomen. In spite of appropriate recovery gymnastics, it can happen in some cases that the familiar body silhouette does not re-occur. The remaining tissue excess on the abdomen can then only be removed by surgical procedures. To prevent re-intervention at a later stage, women should consider a tummy tuck after pregnancy when family planning is complete.
Aesthetic and health reasons for a tummy tuck
Primarily, patients decide after a careful consideration to a tummy tuck, because they are dissatisfied with the appearance of her upper body. In addition to the aesthetic reasons, the sometimes great shame and the associated mental suffering but also health complaints can be the trigger for the desire for a tummy tuck. Since the fabric apron rests on the skin and it can cause friction during movements, often arise in the skin folds painful skin irritation and infection. In some cases even ulcers occur. In addition, the excess skin flap limits the freedom of movement of those affected and makes it difficult to find suitable clothing.