Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a body contouring surgery that is done on both men and women. The whole essence of the procedure is to reduce the amount of sagging skin around the stomach area.

There are many reasons as to why you can have sagging abdominal skin. The common reasons are: excessive weight loss, aging and pregnancy. Regardless of the reasons as to why you have sagging abdominal skin, abdominoplasty corrects the problem fast.

How the procedure is done

The procedure is done in a health facility and done by an abdominoplasty surgeon. Before you can undergo the procedure, you must have a discussion with the surgeon so that the surgeon can understand your needs.

The surgeon will have a look at the condition of the sagging skin. After careful analyzes, the surgeon marks the areas of the abdomen that contain excess skin and fat deposits. After the surgeon has marked the problematic areas, he goes ahead with the surgery. To ensure that it's painless, the procedure is done under general anesthesia.

If you have large amounts of sagging skin, liposuction is done. Liposuction is done in the flanks and on the upper abdomen. At the same time, loose skin in the lower abdomen is retracted and muscles in this area are tightened. If you have cellulite, the surgeon also removes them during the operation.

The entire operation lasts for less than five hours. Once the procedure is complete, you need to remain in hospital for 2-3 days. During this time, doctors will keep an eye on you and see how you are faring.

Once doctors are certain that you are okay, they allow you to go home. After one week, you need to go back to the health facility to have the sutures and badges removed. Although, you will have a scar after the procedure, the scar remains below the panty line; therefore, the scar is very noticeable.

Advantages of the procedure

The obvious advantage of the procedure is that it helps both men and women to get rid of the annoying flab. Once the procedure is complete and you have healed, you will have a tighter, firmer and flatter belly. In addition to this, stretch marks are also removed.

The other advantage is that the results are immediate. There is no waiting period for the abdominal fat to melt. Once the surgeon is done with his work, all the sagging skin that you had will instantly go.

The final advantage is that the procedure helps you to have more self confidence and self esteem. Due to this, your productivity is heightened.

Disadvantages of the procedure

The procedure is a major surgery; therefore, like every other major surgery, tummy tuck is risky. This is because it exposes you to bleeding, bacterial infections and even death. Before you undergo the procedure, it's paramount that you choose a qualified and experienced surgeon.