Abdominoplasty is the cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin from the stomach area. It is typically needed after extreme weight loss or after pregnancy. The procedure makes an incision, folds the skin back and tightens the abdominal muscles.
Liposuction can also be used to remove stubborn fatty deposits that might hinder the final results of the abdominoplasty. Once this is done, the excess skin is then removed permanently, the skin is pulled taut and the belly-button is repositioned if necessary. The whole purpose of this procedure is to give you a flat smooth stomach.
But, what happens if you gain weight or get pregnant after having had this procedure? Well, your plastic surgeon should have told you that you should be at your ideal weight and maintaining it for at least 6 months before the procedure. He should have also told you that pregnancy is not a good idea afterwords. So, why is this? What’s the big deal?
Well, remember that word permanently in the first paragraph? That is key. When you originally gained all of your weight either fat or baby, you stretched out the skin and muscles and damaged the elasticity. This means that after the weight was gone, the skin didn’t snap back into place, it just kind of hung there.
Now, after the procedure, you have even less skin than you did before. Imagine blowing up a balloon past its normal tension level. The rubber starts thinning out and in any minute, it will pop. Well, you probably won’t pop, but your skin will thin out and it will be stressed far beyond what it should be.
When it is stressed at these levels, stretch marks form and other problems can arise. You simply have less skin to give and don’t forget, if your procedure was due to pregnancy, your abdominal muscles were also shortened. Another pregnancy will put stress on them as well. You will need additional surgery to fix the problem. This is why your plastic surgeon should tell you to be sure you are finished having children and that you are at weight you are happy with.
Ok, you are ready for abdominoplasty. You promise you won’t compromise the results by gaining weight or getting pregnant. Now, you need to pick the right surgeon to perform the procedure. Choosing the right surgeon is just as important as the decision to have cosmetic surgery is.
Check the walls of his office for his diplomas, his board certification and his license. If you can’t tell what’s what, go on-line and check out his credentials. Also, see what his experience is with performing abdominoplasty and ask to look at before and after photos.
Ask yourself if he makes you feel comfortable and if he seems genuinely concerned about you. He should gladly answer all of your questions, no matter how silly-and he should never pressure you in to a procedure you don’t want.
Abdominoplasty can make you feel so much more comfortable in your skin. Reward your weight-loss or motherhood by treating yourself to a slimmer looking mid-section. Just remember what you have to do, or not do as the case may be, to maintain the results.