It’s not just a Covid curve many of us are intent on achieving before summertime swings into action – many of our thoughts to the stomach region as the days start to get warmer and the layers come off. Fortunately, locking down on the tummy doesn’t have to be a complicated procedure – in fact abdominoplasty is one of the world’s most popular procedures – 5th most popular in the US alone – for good reason. The results bring greater body contouring, sculpting and confidence – and one the best times to undergo abdominoplasty is winter or spring. “The cooler temperatures across the winter months minimise and aid post-op swelling too – incisions heal in a controlled environment,” explains Adam Bialostocki, Da Vinci Clinic cosmetic and plastic reconstructive surgeon.
Abdominoplasty aims to flatten, reshape and sculpt – but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a weight loss procedure. In fact, those wanting to undergo a tummy tuck procedure should be as close to their ideal weight as possible before undergoing surgery. And, areas of stretch marks may improve in areas where excess skin is removed – however, abdominoplasty may not rid them completely.
The overall aim of abdominoplasty is to remove excess fat and skin and restore weakened or separated muscles. When performing surgery, our surgeons release skin from the lower part of your abdomen – right up the belly – to allow for tightening of the muscles and restoration in your midsection. Then skin is re-draped, trimmed and finally your belly button is redefined. The result? A smoother, firmer and sculpted mid area. And, for those wondering what all that nipping, tucking and trimming feels like post-surgery? Well, it’s all down to the individual but some people claim it feels like 400 sit ups in one go!
Ensuring you gain the most out of your tummy tuck, comes down to skin shrinkage post-surgery, which is why wearing supportive garments and following surgeons’ instructions to the letter is of utmost importance. Some people require need fluid drains – others not. What remains important for all is watching for any changes in body behaviour that could hinder smooth healing. And, like any procedure, doing your homework and placing yourself in the right hands before committing to surgery, ensures best results for the long-term. Stay safe, do best by your bod.