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What Every Middle Aged Woman Ought to Know About the Tummy Tuck

You’ve committed to dieting and exercising, and still your abdomen remains stubbornly distended due to excess fat deposits, stretched muscles, and the effects of aging. If you feel like a failure because no matter what you do, your tummy isn’t shrinking, don’t blame yourself. Genetics, childbirth and past weight fluctuations may have contributed to the excess skin and fat around your abdominal area, and made you a good candidate for abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck.

Why Choose a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery is performed to remove excess fat from the middle and lower abdominal region. Liposuction may also be required if there is a large amount of fat, but unlike liposuction, the tummy tuck surgery also removes excess loose skin and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Though you may be eager to get out of stretch pants and into tight jeans again, it’s important to find out if this type of surgery is right for you. You might be a good candidate for tummy tuck if:

  • Your abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched by multiple pregnancies
  • Your muscles were cut during Caesarean delivery
  • You have lost skin elasticity due to aging or dramatic weight loss

Tummy Tuck Techniques

Abdominoplasty is generally performed as an outpatient surgery, although an overnight stay may be required to speed up recovery. The patient is placed under general anaesthetic and an incision is made from hip to hip, just above the pubic area, where the scar is easy to conceal. The surgeon then creates a large skin flap that opens the abdominal wall from the pubic bone to the ribs, exposing the vertical muscles in your abdomen so they can be tightened and stitched into their new position. The extra skin is removed, the belly button is repositioned, the incisions are closed, and voila: an attractively contoured abdomen.

Another technique, mini-abdominoplasty, is essentially a modified tummy tuck. It produces good results on people whose fat deposits are located mostly below the navel. The incision is much shorter and the skin is only separated up to the navel.

Frequently Asked Questions about Abdominoplasty

Did you know that the optimum age to have a tummy tuck is over 35? That’s partly because you should wait until you have had your last child before having this surgery to ensure that your new, natural-looking results last a lifetime. Here’s what else you need to know:

  • Average Surgery Time: 3 hours
  • Recovery: Back to work in 2-3 weeks. Expect discomfort similar to, but more extensive than, that of a C-section; you will have to take bed-rest, wear supportive garments for several weeks, and avoid straining or strenuous exercise.
  • Risks and side effects: All body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures have a small risk of such complications as poor healing, infection, blood clots, asymmetries, and scarring. On rare occasions, a secondary procedure may be required.

Are You Thinking of Getting a Tummy Tuck?

Do you have excess abdominal skin? Are you considering getting a tummy tuck to combat this?  Abdominoplasty is a popular choice amongst women following childbirth, a prior surgery, or as a result of significant fluctuations in weight.

If this sounds like a procedure you would be interested in, you should consult a plastic surgeon to determine if you’re a good candidate, and you can get any questions you have about the procedure answered.  If you are a resident of Barrie, you’re in luck:  with over 20 years experience in the field, Dr. Kenneth Dickie has helped women with abdominoplasty and other cosmetic enhancements.  Contact us today at the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie, and become happy with your midriff this year!