Monday, March 22, 2010

Why some women need a tummy tuck

A woman's photo before and after a tummy tuck
Los Angeles Tummy Tuck, originally uploaded by sanapala.ram13.

All over the world, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is one of the many forms of most popular plastic surgery procedures that women go for today to enhance their looks and to achieve a perfectly sculpted body shape. It is one of the most popular aesthetic or cosmetic surgery procedures such as mammoplasty (including breast implant or boob job for breast enhancement, breast reduction and breast lift), buttock augmentation (butt implant including Brazilian butt lift and lifting and tightening of the buttocks), liposuction (suction-assisted lipectomy), labiaplasty, lip enhancement, rhinoplasty (nose job), otoplasty (ear surgery), rhytidectomy (face lift), and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

A tummy tuck is the best option to remove excess fat in the abdomen apart from reducing the overall circumference around the waist, to tighten the abdominal muscles, remove wrinkles, sagging and to give the body its natural shape. Women past their teens know, unless they were suffering from childhood obesity, how beautiful their shapes were, before they put on weight, generally after pregnancy and childbirth, and even in women who never had children, because of their unhealthy eating habits and redundant lifestyles. Exercising and reverting back to healthy food habits can help in the early stages, but it will not help after the fat deposits acquire gigantic proportions.

A tummy tuck surgery usually involves removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen for tightening the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. It is useful for women with loose tissues after pregnancy or with sagging after a major weight loss. Tummy tuck operations may take 1 to 5 hours to complete, depending on how fatty the tummy is.

There are many variations of tummy tuck. Depending on the problem to be treated, surgical techniques, and other factors, it can take one to four weeks for recovery after a tummy tuck operation, and it may take at least a portion of this recovery time off from work.

The cost of a tummy tuck varies from place to place, depending on a variety of factors like the age of the patient, their weight and the state of their health. Depending on the individuals, there may also be other costs involved after the operation. On average in the United States, a tummy tuck can cost from $4,000 to $20,000.

In the case of an ‘extended abdominoplasty’, a complete abdominoplasty plus a lateral thigh lift, the operation does all of the abdominal contouring and helps further improvement of the waist as well as smoothening the contour of the upper lateral thigh.

An advanced technique, ‘high lateral tension tummy tuck’, tightens muscles in a vertical line. In this new method, which in addition to vertical line tightening, muscles are also tightened horizontally, giving a dramatically flat abdomen with significantly better-defined waistline.

Circumferential abdominoplasty, an extended abdominoplasty plus a buttock lift, is most appropriate for women who have undergone massive weight loss. Combination procedures can be combined with liposuction contouring, breast reduction, breast lift, or occasionally hysterectomy, depending on the reason for the hysterectomy. A popular name for breast enhancement procedures performed in conjunction with an abdominoplasty is a Mommy Makeover.

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