The tummy tuck, or abdominal wall tightening, is also known as abdominal cosmetic surgery, abdominal wall cosmetic surgery or, medically, as abdominoplasty.
The main reasons for getting a tummy tuck are changes as a result of multiple pregnancies or extreme weight loss after being severely overweight. In both cases the abdominal skin becomes permanently stretched and the abdominal wall, which is composed of abdominal muscles and firm fibrous tissue, is also enlarged. Even in slender women, stretching of the abdominal wall can lead to a small, round belly and a simple tummy tuck at the skin level would not suffice but can be corrected with an abdominoplasty at the muscle level.
Before and After a Tummy Tuck
Smoking must be stopped for 2 weeks before a tummy tuck to minimize the risk of disturbance to wound healing. After wound healing is complete, the danger is no longer present. About 2 hours need to be allowed for the surgery. It is performed under general anesthesia. The incision is dependent on the amount of the tissue to be reduced.