The “Tummy Tuck” Surgery in Medellin
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to eliminate the excess fat and skin located around your abdomen. Over time, our bodies start to accumulate fat around the abdomen as a natural result of aging. Women recovering from pregnancy or people experiencing weight loss may also undergo these changes.
For all these cases, an abdominoplasty may be the right choice for both men and women who want to regain a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. Not only will it remove the excess fat and skin, but it will also tighten your surrounding abdominal muscles to give a more refined waistline.
Note, however, that this surgery is never meant to solve the issue of obesity or weight gain. They are only meant to improve your body contour. You can only gain your desired weight through exercise and a balanced diet. Moreover, it is essential that you do not suffer from any overweight problems to be an acceptable candidate for this surgery.
Before you can go for our cosmetic plastic surgery treatments, always be sure to schedule an appointment with our specialists. We will carefully study your unique case, provide you with the most optimal solution, and quote you the associated costs accordingly.
- This surgery is most commonly accompanied by a liposuction procedure that helps remove excess fat surrounding your abdomen far more efficiently.
Difference between Abdominoplasty and Liposuction
While abdominoplasty and liposuction are both popular cosmetic surgeries designed to improve the appearance of your body, they differ in many ways.
Liposuction is meant to extract fat deposits from targeted areas of the body, according to your exact needs. On the other hand, an abdominoplasty is specially focused on the abdominal area and surrounding muscles. It will remove excess skin and fat and further tighten the abdominal muscles to give a firm, smooth appearance.
For best results, these procedures are usually combined.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure Step By Step
The abdominoplasty procedure is usually performed under the administration of general anesthesia. The surgery may last anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. During this procedure, Dr. Juan will expertly remove the excess abdominal skin and tissues to give the appearance of a more defined, contoured bodyline.
Next, the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened and corrected, followed by a demo-lipectomy, a type of tummy tuck surgery where the underlying skin tissue of the naval and pubic area is removed.
If required, you can also have an umbilical transposition surgery to re-center and reconstruct the umbilicus for more aesthetic, natural-looking results.
The results of this surgery will vary from patient to patient depending on their unique medical history, genetics, diet, exercise, and general lifestyle. Regardless, our expert surgeons try to deliver results that closely meet your expectations.
Post-surgery, you may notice slight scarring around the hip bones and lower abdomen. However, this can easily be hidden under your garments. Over time, these scars will begin to fade and look more natural.
Mini Tummy Tuck: What Is It?
A mini tummy tuck is very similar to an abdominoplasty but usually performed on a much smaller scale. It is perfect for patients with less fat and skin they need to remove without additional umbilical transposition.
Before and After Abdominoplasty
To prepare for your surgery, there are some preliminary steps you should take. Avoid smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to the surgery. Smoking can lead to potential complications during your surgery. Patients may end up developing breathing problems, or be at risk of developing pneumonia. They may further experience a reduction in blood flow which slows down the natural healing process.
Post-surgery, patients must wear compression girdles across their abdomen to prevent sudden stretching. You must also responsibly take your prescribed medications for pain management and to prevent infections after surgery. You should further avoid any strenuous exercise 6-8 weeks following surgery.
Hundreds of visitors visit our Medellin facility every year for their cosmetic surgery and abdominoplasty needs. We take special care to study each case and cater to the needs of each patient accordingly. Schedule your appointment with us today to discuss your case!