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Tummy Tuck to flatten your abdomen

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If you are among those people who find it very hard to get 6-pack-abs despite working out hard and dieting, you might want to think about abdominoplasty. Also known as tummy tuck, this cosmetic surgery is done in order to flatten the person’s abdomen by removing the excessive fat and skin. By doing this, you are making the abdominal muscles much more firm. There’s no faster way to gain 6 packs than doing a tummy tuck.

The candidate

Tummy tuck is a type of cosmetic surgery that can be done on anyone, as long as the person is healthy. However, it is recommended mostly for those whose abdomen tissues are loose and saggy. This is often the case with women after pregnancy. Similar thing happens to people who rapidly lost a lot of weight.

Also, abdominoplasty is recommended for elderly patients who already did a liposuction. Because liposuction is removing only the fat from the body, the skin on those persons might stay saggy. Because of that, a surgery is needed in order to remove the excessive skin.

How’s it Done?

The surgery needs to be done with the patient in general anesthesia. The whole process lasts on average about 5 hours, after which the patient should be monitored by the hospital staff for at least one more day. That way, it will be assured that no side effects to the patient could happen.


Full recovery from this procedure takes no less than 3 months, but the patients are advised to stay from hard work and heavy lifting only in the first couple of weeks.


When it comes to results of tummy tuck, they are seen right away. The excessive fat and saggy skin is removed, which means that with a healthy diet and regular exercise, the problem will not happen again.


Many people take the opportunity to do several surgeries at once. Usually, tummy tucking accompanies liposuction when the patient is an elderly person. Breast reduction and breast lifting are also surgeries that sometimes are done together with abdominoplasty. The same goes for hysterectomy.



All You Need to Know About Liposuction

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Liposuction is one of the most popular methods in cosmetic surgery. It owes it fame for being extremely successful. On top of that, this procedure can be done in almost every part of the body. With liposuction, you can lose up to 5 kilograms of body fat from regions like waist, buttocks, calf, and abdomen. Usually, it is very hard to lose fat from these regions, which is why so many people decide on liposuction.

How is it Done?

The surgery is performed through small incisions, about 2mm thick, through which thin cannulas go under the skin and into the lamellar layer of the fat. Cannulas will permanently disrupt the walls of fat cells so that the grease leaks and fat cells withered.

If the liposuction is performed on smaller regions, like areas around hips, for example, then local anesthesia is done and the patient can go home a few hours after the surgery. When it comes to larger regions, such as abdomen, the patient needs to be put in total anesthesia and should stay in the hospital for 2-3 days.

The candidate?

There are no limits to who can have a liposuction, although if we were to decide on who the best patient would be, then it’s a person between 30 and 50 with 10 to 15 kilograms over the recommended weight. Because liposuction can only help you with up to 5 kilograms of fat, patients with obesity problems might not find it useful.

Elderly patients is also a candidate. This procedure is very safe, so they have nothing to worry about their health. However, the problem can occur because their skin might not be able to shrink after the liposuction, so they might end up needing another surgery.

Results of Liposuction

The results of this operation are visible immediately and the best think that with healthy lifestyle, they can be permanent. If after the operation, you keep on paying attention to your diet and levels of exercise, you can be sure that fat won’t come back in that region.


Because the fat extracted with liposuction is of very high quality and contains a high amount of stem cells, the material can be used for other plastic surgeries. The fat can be used as wrinkle filer or to enhance some other facial feature, but it can also be used for filling the buttocks or calves, making them bigger.




Liposuction: perfect for getting rid of small areas of resilient fat

Today I’d like to discuss exactly what liposuction is and how it differs from the tummy tuck since most people tend to mix up the two. The procedure is normally done on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.  During liposuction tubes are inserted into the body through incisions and the fat is then sucked out. It will normally cost between 2000 $ and 4000 $.

This procedure is ideal for removing stubborn fat that just won’t go away with diet and exercise. Do not expect a huge weight loss from this as the patients are expected to be in good shape as it is. People with a lot of excess fat and loose skin should look elsewhere as lipo can’t help with completely reshaping the body. It’s also unable of removing cellulite. For such procedures, where a patient has a large amount of tissue that needs to be removed, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is the better alternative.

How will the procedure look like?

First, the surgeon will mark the areas of the body that he will need to attend to. Depending on the individual patient, they will be put either under general or local anesthesia. After the patient is properly sedated small incisions will be made in the natural body creases to assure the scars be as discrete as possible.  When more areas are being covered, multiple incisions are made for the separate areas. Through these incisions, small hollow tubes are inserted. The surgeon then moves the tubes around to loosen the fat which is then suctioned through the tube. Incisions are then closed with stitches.

What about the recovery time and aftercare?

If the procedure had gone according to plan the patient is free to leave the hospital within a few hours. While exercise is prohibited for the next three weeks, most patients can return to non-strenuous work after 2-3 days. Bruising, soreness, and swelling are expected in the weeks after the procedure, the patient might even have to wear a compressive garment to control the swelling. The incisions shouldn’t be subjects to force or excessive motion during the healing period.

What to expect from the surgery?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved as well.  Although rare, risks include infection, uneven skin contours, and skin discoloration.

It usually takes up to 3 months for the proper results of the surgery to become visible as some swelling might persist. If done correctly, the scars should be practically undetectable. Liposuction tends to increase the individual’s metabolic rate and the patient could find it easier to drop pounds post-op. Since the fat cells are removed permanently from the area additional weight gain is highly unlikely.

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Tummy Tuck

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Tummy Tuck aka Abdominoplasty

Tummy tuck is a wide-spread cosmetic procedure where a surgeon removes excessive fat and/or skin from the abdominal area.  It is by no means a quick fix for someone who would like to drop a few pounds without putting in the effort of a healthy diet and exercise regime. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it’ll costs you anywhere between 3000 $ and 12,000 $. While abdominoplasty is not to be confused with liposuction, some patients do decide to combine the two procedures.

Is it the right procedure for me?

The two main types of people who decide to undertake the procedure are those who had lost weight but are struggling with getting rid of the remaining abdominal fat and stretched-out skin, and women wishing to tighten up their stomachs post-pregnancy. A tummy tuck is NOT for people who are planning on losing vast amounts of weight in the future or for women who are planning any future pregnancies.

The two types of tucks

Complete abdominoplasty is the more extreme of the two procedures and reserved for patients who need a lot of excess material removed. An incision is made from hipbone to hipbone and the muscle, skin and tissue are manipulated as needed. This surgery usually involves altering the placement of the belly button due to the vast amount of tissue removed. This procedure can take up to 5 hours.

Partial abdominoplasty is usually done for people whose fat deposits have gathered primarily bellow the navel. This procedure doesn’t involve moving the bell button and normally takes no longer than two hours.

The healing process and getting back to normal

Depending on the complexity of the procedure you might have to stay at the hospital overnight. After the procedure, the area will be stitched and bandaged, as well as very very sore. The aftercare is of the utmost importance and the patient must attend the bandages regularly. The doctor will also advise you on the initial sitting and sleep positions that will promote faster healing. Patients are sometimes advised to take a month off work so the body is allowed to heal properly. Exercise is to be avoided for at least 6 weeks.

Patients, in general, are extremely happy with the results of their tummy tucks. It is, however, important to keep up with a healthy diet and lifestyle in order to maintain the acquired abdomen. A poor high-caloric diet can easily reverse the marvelous results of a successful tuck.