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Abdominoplasty refers to the surgical procedure of removing droopy abdominal skin and the tightening of the declining elasticity of the abdominal wall muscles. Although diet and exercise usually does the trick for keeping a toned abdomen, there are instances and cases where the loose skin and droopy abdomen is best fixed with a tummy tuck.
The full Tummy Tuck Los Angeles procedure starts with an incision that spans from one end of the hip to the other . This is done in such a way that the scar is not visible, even when wearing undies or a swimsuit. The loose skin is separated from the abdominal wall and then the loosened abdominal muscles are repaired by tightening them, which creates a similar impression of using an abdominal girdle.
Afterwards, the belly button is then separated from the belly; the excess skin of the belly is removed, the abdominal wall is tightened and even the skin on the buttocks and thighs is tightened. After which, the belly button is reattached to its new and correct position. In order to remove excess fluid and to avoid fluid buildup within the incision after the procedure, drains are placed on each side of the cut.
The mini tummy tuck is likewise similar to the full tummy tuck procedure described above. However, the incision for the mini is quite small and spans vertically, in-between the pubis and the umbilicus. The mini tummy tuck is usually performed on patients with a few stretch marks or loose skin on the lower belly. Frequently, mini tummy tucks do not include tightening of the belly muscles; however there are cases that can include tightening too. The mini tummy tuck is often performed on patients who have limited amounts of loose skin but have great amounts of fat on the belly. Once all these are done, the patient now has a trimmer and curvier waistline and toned abdomen.
For both the mini Tummy Tuck Los Angeles and the full tummy tuck, liposuction can be used in tandem. However, when the abdominal skin has been stretched it should not be liposuctioned because of the risk of damaging blood circulation in the area, something that could lead to scarring or other problems. Remember that when you undergo Abdominoplasty, bear in mind that if you later decide to bear children again, you’ll likely have to undergo another tummy tuck op to keep your waist in trim.