In this day and age, it is not surprising to find that very many people long to have a good looking, youthful and attractive body. This can be confirmed by the new diet programs that are roled out that enjoy mammoth followings. Exercise programs that can suit your busy lifestyle are also available; all you need to do is pick one you can easily work with. However, you can sometimes find that it completely impossible to get rid of excess fat and skin around your belly. Abdominoplasty is a procedure that will effectively take care of this problem for you.

What Is Abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, which also goes by the name tummy tuck, is a surgery done to remove excess and loose skin from the area around the abdomen. It is also manufactured to repair muscles that have been weakened due to pregnancy or the loss of a large amount of weight. This procedure will enable you to achieve an abdomen that is smoother and firmer.

Abdominoplasty can be done as part of a mummy makeover, where other procedures can be induced including breastfeeding enhancement, breast lift, liposuction and sometimes labiaplasty. There are different types of abdominoplasty including mini, standard and extended.

Mini Abdominoplasty

This procedure is also known as a mini tummy tuck, and is referred to as mini because the incision made is smaller than that of the standard tummy tuck. A smaller amount of skin is also removed. It works best if you need to get rid of a small amount of stubborn fat that refuses to go away even after you have dieted and exercised.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a cut on the lower abdomen and will remove a small amount of excess skin. He will then tighten the muscles of the abdomen and the skin that remains is dropped and the cut closed. This procedure does not involve the repositioning of the belly button.

Standard Abdominoplasty

The standard abdominoplasty works best for people that have a large amount of loose skin that needs to be removed from the abdominal area. If you have lost a large amount of weight or you have had a pregnancy that left loose hanging skin around the abdomen, then this procedure may be right for you. It is however advisable that the procedure is only done as a last resort after dieting and exercising have not worked.

During this procedure, an incision is made from one hipbone to the other one, and liposuction can be done to remove the fat. The surgeon then tightens your muscles, repositions the belly button and then closes the incision.

Extended Abdominoplasty

This surgery is done for people who not only have loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen, but also on the hips and the sides of the lower back. In this procedure, the incision is made in the abdomen and goes on to the hips and the lower back. This procedure will normally require liposuction to get rid of the excess fat and liquid. The muscles in the abdomen and the hips are tightened, the excess skin removed and the belly button repositioned before the cut is stitched together.