The abdomen is one of the most sought-after areas, both in men and women. This is a large area and is often associated with pendulous sagging. In women, there may be a lot of stretch marks, operation scars after caesarean section, sagging of skin resulting from previous pregnancy and flabby skin. In men, particularly those who exercise vigorously, the tissue may be fibrous and therefore difficult to remove. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a simple procedure that helps removing this excessive fat to achieve the desired shape.
In many men, those who consume alcohol, a bulging belly may be because of fat inside the abdomen, not in the skin. In heavily built people, one session may not be enough to remove all the fat. A second session may need to be done after two weeks. Likewise, fat located at the back may also need a separate session. In those with sagging skin and stretch marks, skin tightening can be achieved by Laser machines and abdominal muscle exercise after surgery.
Wearing a pressure garment is particularly important in all cases of tummy tuck and should be worn for 2 weeks. As skin tightening is done with a laser, long-term use of pressure garments is unnecessary.
It is important to note that flat appearance of the abdomen results from three components:
- Tight skin
- Muscle tone
Of these components, liposuction addresses the issue of fat and to a lesser extent skin tightening; tighter skin further needs skin tightening machines and muscle tone needs exercise.
The abdomen is the most common area for which liposuction is sought. It is also one area, wherein results make a huge impact cosmetically – patients are able to wear dresses of lesser size (usually the loss in inches is 3-5 inches).