Excess Skin – Cosmetic Surgery

Introduction – Excess Skin

Excess skin and fatty tissue in the abdominal region is one of the prominent aesthetic and psychological burdens. It may cause severe medical problems. It is most frequently found

  • Amongst women after pregnancy and childbirth
  • Amongst younger and middle aged men and women after massive weight loss.

Physical exercise, work out sessions or temporary cosmetic applications cannot treat the problem of excess and loose abdominal skin. In certain cases it cannot even be solved with liposuction, which is used for fat deposits removal. The method that efficiently gets rid of excess skin and fatty tissue form stomach or abdominal area is known as abdominoplasty, lipectomy or tummy tuck.

Excess skin after pregnancy and after birth

Similar problem is present among women after pregnancy and birth whose skin is not elastic and who have problems with excess skin which doesn’t seem to want to draw back sufficiently. This results in a certain amount of loose skin which aesthetically presents a significant problem.

Excess skin after massive weight loss

Current life style exposes us to irregular consumption of low quality food, especially junk food. Therefore, it is hard to meet the ideals of aesthetic appearance. In certain cases, it is excess skin left on different parts of body – face, chin, thighs and upper arms. This problem is generally found in stomach area, where the biggest quantity of excess skin is usually left, alongside with the fatty tissue. Such conditions can considerably damage one’s image and overall appearance.

Abdominoplasty – procedure

  • Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure by which excess skin is removed surgically.
  • This excess skin presents a significant aesthetic and often a medical problem.
  • This is a method by which cosmetic surgeons tighten the skin of the whole stomach wall.
  • In order to remove the maximum amount of excess skin, surgeons take certain measurements before the surgery and make a precise drawing marking the guidelines for the surgery.
  • To make the postoperative scar least noticeable, surgeons place it in the bikini line. The scar is, therefore, covered with underwear after the recovery period.
  • The scar is later stitched with precision and with the finest threads, following the aesthetic surgery principles.
  • Six months to one year after the surgery, in many cases, the scar almost completely fades away.
  • If the patient’s abdominal wall is weak, surgeons can additionally tighten and straighten the wall by special stitches.
  • From the technical point of view, in the hands of an experienced and skilled surgeon, this procedure is not too demanding, and it can be performed relatively quickly and very successfully.
  • Tummy tuck can be considered somewhat more demanding from the patient’s point of view, especially regarding the postoperative recovery, during which, the patient should be disciplined and strictly follow the surgeon’s instructions.
  • Due to the incision position, it is essential for the patient to rest as much as possible in the first 7 to 10 days following the surgery, with special emphasis on the first three days.
  • Surgeons insist that the patients are well examined, evaluated and prepared, in order to make the risk of the surgery and postoperative recovery minimal and to enable maximal safety and security for our patient.
  • Abdominoplaty also comprises removal of a certain amount of abdominal fatty tissue, together with the excess skin removal. However, it is important to highlight those suitable patients for tummy tuck should be normal weigh persons.
  • It is irrelevant whether the excess skin in the stomach area is due to physical constitution or massive weight loss.
  • We don’t recommend abdominoplasty to female patients who plan on having babies in the future, so the problem of excess, sagging stomach skin doesn’t repeat.
  • Several months after the surgery, when the most demanding phase of the recovery has passed, we can make certain additional procedures to improve details in order to achieve maximum effect. Such procedure is liposuction of stomach, waist or groin area, which can significantly improve the appearance.
  • It is imperative for the lab and medical preoperative tests to be in order. Such tests comprise internist examination with ECG, blood pressure, blood test and coagulation results.

- Links of interest:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons website

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons website

This article is not medical advice nor a substitute to professional health advice. Always consult a doctor.

 

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