Steps taken during Abdominoplasty procedure
Abdominoplasty in Indiana, also called tummy tuck, is a procedure used to achieve a flat abdomen. It removes excessive or loose skin and fat while it tightens the muscles within the abdominal walls. It can remove stretch marks found on the lower abdomen too. It is recommended when you have lost a significant amount of weight, after pregnancy or when you have a flabby abdomen or weak muscles that impair your body contours.
It is time to think about an abdominoplasty if:
You have stretch marks, excess skin or flabby skin on the abdomen and it refuses to improve with exercising and diet
If the abdomen shape has been affected because of too much weight loss or pregnancy
If you think that your protruding abdomen looks unattractive
If you are losing your self-confidence because of the stomach contour.
During the tummy tuck procedure, the doctor removes loose skin on the abdomen and tightens up the abdominal muscles using sutures.
Your surgeon starts by marking the abdomen, indicating the location for the incision at the center of your torso and location where the navel is found. He injects lidocaine or a local anesthetic with epinephrine which controls the bleeding and constricts the blood vessels.
The first incision is made at the pubic mound and it is carried from one hipbone to the other. During a full abdominoplasty, another incision will be made at the navel. If you have opted for a mini abdominoplasty, the surgeon can make a smaller incision.
The surgeon then loosens the skin on the abdominal wall up to the rib cage and puts a suture on the fascia so that the abdominal muscles may be pulled into a tighter position. When the abdominal muscle is sutured completely, the surgeon can remove excess fat using liposuction and other methods. The abdominal skin will be stretched down over the incision line and the excess skin will be removed
Your surgeon can then mark the new placement for the navel. Even if the skin on the navel can be moved, the navel most of the time will stay in its place. Your surgeon cuts a hole within the skin that was re-draped and makes sutures near the navel.
The incision may be closed with steri-strips, staples, sutures or tissue glue. For a full abdominoplasty; the doctor will insert some drains into the suture for preventing buildup of fluids.