Abdominoplasty - Tummy Tuck Utah
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is an invasive procedure that firms the abdomen through the removal of excess fat and skin and the restoration of weakened or separated muscles. Popular among men and women who want a smoother and firmer abdominal profile, the procedure is highly individualized and varies according to the patientís needs.
Common causes of sagging in the abdominal region include:
- Massive weight loss
- Prior surgery
It is important to note that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure and is therefore not a substitute for a proper diet and exercise regimen.
Tummy tucks vary in scope, ranging from partial to complete. They may also be done in conjunction with other procedures, such as lateral thigh lifts, buttock lifts, liposuction contouring, and breast lifts.
The procedure is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia, although a local anesthetic plus sedative may be sufficient in some cases. The surgery takes around 1 to 5 hours.
The surgeon begins the procedure with a hip-to-hip incision in the area just above the pubic region. Another incision frees the navel from the abdominal tissue. The surgeon then carefully removes the skin from the abdominal wall, all the way to the ribs.
Once the rectus muscles (the vertical abdominal muscles) have been exposed, they are repositioned and tightened with sutures. Any excess skin is stretched and removed, after which the remainder is redraped and stitched into place. The procedure is completed once the navel has been sutured in its new location.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for an abdominoplasty is a physically healthy non-smoker who has reached a stable weight. Because nicotine can delay the healing of wounds and cause skin necrosis, all forms of nicotine must be avoided for at least a month before surgery and throughout the recovery period.
If you are considering getting a tummy tuck in Utah, schedule a free consultation by calling 801-375-4100 today.