It is quite predictable if not even guaranteed that no matter how determined you are to lose your stubborn fat pockets alongside loose skin, there comes a point where all the diet and exercise in the world might not deem enough.
Any body dissatisfaction in terms of fat reduction, stretch marks, muscle separation or saggy skin can in fact be abolished and taken to the next level, hence, tummy tucks become the only way to redeem your pre weight gain/ pre pregnancy body..
A tummy tuck – or abdominoplasty- goes a long way, promises guaranteed results, however, what’s become known to many enlightened body conscious ladies are mommy makeovers; the latest when it comes to restoring common abdominal damage caused by child bearing and birth..
So today I will be shedding some light on both procedures, and what you should base your Tummy vs. Mommy tuck decision on..
The Traditional Tummy Tuck
A surefire procedure that literally has no substitute as to what it offers. For many women post-pregnancy and weight loss, a tummy tuck is the only way to annihilate the midsection bulge for a tighter and more toned abdomen. A traditional tummy tuck removes fat and saggy skin and repairs the muscles that have become stretched out due to age, pregnancy and/or weight fluctuation.
Who It’s For
Apart from weight loss or loose skin, some people opt for a tummy tuck for another reason, the separation of the two rectus muscles in the abdomen that form the six pack. When muscles move apart as a result of extreme stretching after pregnancy, not exercise, diet or machines can bring them back. Add to that excess fat and stretched-out skin, and the only solution to tighten the muscles, get rid of the fat and tighten skin is a tummy tuck.
How Is It Done?
The classic case of tummy tucks usually lasts for 2 to 5 hours and addresses three of the common problems; excess fat, excess skin and muscle repair.. . Some surgeons address all of the fat circumferentially, 360 degrees around, with tightening of the skin from the bottom of the breasts all the way down into the pubic area and front of the thighs. Some swelling and bruising are tone expected post surgery, those will need around 2 weeks to subside. Stomach skin numbness due to minor sensory nerve trauma might also happen, but sensation generally returns within one year, if not sooner.
Other Types of Tummy Tucks
Extended Tummy Tuck
Best for enhancing the back, flanks and possibly the skin above the buttocks. For heavy love handles and deep folds of fat on the back, this procedure may be best.
Lateral Tummy Tuck
For patients with loose skin on their stomach and thighs, a lateral tension tummy tuck may be needed. This variation places tension laterally on the abdominal muscles opposed to centrally, to address the stomach as a whole. The scar will be similar to that of a traditional tummy tuck and runs from hip to hip. This results in a more athletic look. Most abdominoplasties tighten the muscles in a vertical line. The lateral high-tension tummy tuck involves creating tension laterally by designing a wider area of skin where we’re going to cut on the lateral sides, by cinching the waist, almost like a corset.
When a small amount of loose skin and localized fat is the case, usually between the belly button and pubic bone, a mini-tummy tuck may be performed. It will not tighten any loose skin above the belly button, and also may not remove stretch marks in that area. This option is best for someone with a small amount of laxity and bulging. An incision is made at the upper area of the hair-bearing region (the incision is smaller in length than a traditional tummy tuck), and excess skin and fat are removed. The stretched muscles can be repaired through this incision.
Umbilical Float Tummy Tuck
Similar to the mini-tummy tuck, this version frees the belly button from its attachment without an external incision around the belly button, and then reattaches it slightly lower. This allows more skin tightening than a mini-tummy tuck, as well as suturing of the muscles higher up on the abdomen.
The Mommy Makeover
After childbirth, the body doesn’t always bounce back and it can become increasingly hard to get it to look the way it did before pregnancy. By combining multiple procedures, a Mommy Makeover addresses changes that result from pregnancy in the breasts and stomach. It consists of a tummy tuck, liposuction and breast surgery to restore what’s been lost.
Who Is it For?
Women wanting to restore their bodies closer to their pre-pregnancy appearance. However, it’s better t let the body heal for at least six months after delivery before surgery. Breastfeeding must have stopped as well so the surgeon can get an idea of the true size and position of the breasts. Patients planning on having more children may want to wait until they are done with their pregnancies.
How Is It Done?
The four areas addressed with a Mommy Makeover are the breasts, the trunk, the buttocks and the lower extremities. The surgery addresses loose skin on the stomach, a lack of fullness and sagging in the breasts, stretch marks, and even hard-to-get-rid-of fat. Procedure usually lasts for 4 to 8 hours.