Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
Repeated pregnancies as well as large amounts of weight loss are generally responsible for the stretching of the abdominal wall. The deep elastic fibres sometimes tear and produce stretch marks. Loose skin and slackening of the abdominal wall muscles gives the stomach a protruding appearance. Diets and exercises can’t make the flesh firmer, get rid of skin folds and flatten the belly.
The surgical operation consists in removing the loose skin and fat from the middle and lower stomach. The loosening tissues removal and the tightening of the abdominal muscle structure allows us “to rejuvenate” the abdomen. By reducing the skin folds and excising the scars and stretch marks of the lower stomach, it is possible to improve the stomach appearance and figure.
A consultation is essential in order to plan the intervention. Is a liposuction necessary? What will be the scar length? Some patients may need a liposuction. It leaves no scars and recovery is faster. Your surgeon will be able to point out which procedure is best for you.
The complete procedure takes between two and three hours according to the extent of the work that is necessary. A tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty as well as a liposuction take between one and two hours.
The incision is made from one hip to another. Another incision is made in order to release the navel. One can then tighten the weakened muscles caused by the stretching of pregnancies and remove the excess skin. With tummy tucks the incision is much smaller and there is no umbilical incision. With a liposuction there are no visible scars.
The surgery will result in a flatter and slender abdomen. The scars are permanent, however, they smooth out with time and are hidden at the bikini line.
after the surgery
A drain will be placed for a few days. It is necessary to collect serous fluids which can accumulate under the skin. Showers will be allowed immediately upon its removal. Discomfort and pain of the following few days will be well-controlled with analgesics.
In order to reduce the puffiness and the liquid accumulation, an elastic girdle must be worn during the first 4 weeks. Numbness and a diminution of skin sensitivity may appear in the lower abdomen and last several months.
The resumption of activities varies from one patient to another. Generally two to four weeks are necessary before going back to work. People in good physical shape or only undergoing a liposuction recover more quickly. Soon your new figure will enchant you!
In your 20s, skin is generally free of the signs of aging. Start a medically supervised treatment plan now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun and environment.
Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will help ward off early wrinkles and enlarged pores. Mild peels and topical treatments may help control acne. BOTOX® injections can prevent lines and filler agents such as Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill out smile lines and augment lips.
For unfavorable size and shape of body features, surgery may be in order. Rhinoplasty, otoplasty and other aesthetic procedures can often be performed.
Decreased firmness and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. Introducing anti-oxidants into your skincare routine can help prevent sun damage that leads to lines and age spots. Also, alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with retinoids and topical antioxidants can restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
Non-invasive laser procedures may improve fine lines, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. BOTOX® injections can diminish laugh lines and create a smoother forehead. Fillers like Juvéderm® can be used to fill smile lines and augment lips.
For those in their 40s, damage caused by sun exposure becomes apparent. More aggressive skincare can help combat the visible signs
of aging. A combination of topical solutions like tretinoin (Retin-A), AHAs, and BHAs, along with microdermabrasion brings the
There are many procedures available to smooth and tighten skin. Photofacials, chemical peels, and topical treatments are effective in decreasing the signs of aging as well as minimizing pore size. Fillers like Juvéderm® can help restore volume in the mid-face and fill smile lines. For upper face and forehead lines, BOTOX® injections may be in order.
For those who choose the surgical route, face, brow, eye and neck lifts are very popular procedures.
By age fifty, regular skin examinations by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon are essential.
Maintaining natural moisture is more difficult. Peels and light therapy in combination with ultra-hydrating home care can help maintain the balance.
In all likelihood, more extensive facial rejuvenation procedures will be necessary at this stage. Depending on your appearance goals, comprehensive surgery can reverse signs of aging in the face, brow, mid-face, and neck areas.