Many men and women are self-conscious about their stomachs. But abdominal issues extend far beyond skin deep. Weak abdominal walls can cause or exacerbate serious medical conditions. At Rattinan Clinic in Bangkok, TH, we want all our clients to be happy, healthy and svelte. That’s why we’re proud to offer tummy tucks as one of our services. Today, we reveal 27 things you didn’t know about abdominoplasty.
27 Things You Didn’t Know About Tummy Tucks
1. What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a safe, effective, body contouring procedure. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the world, and the results will change your life in ways you could not imagine.
2. How Many Types of Tummy Tucks Are There?
Many people have a vague idea that they want to address excess skin and fat in their midsection. But they don’t know that there are several types of abdominoplasty. These include mini-abdominoplasty, full abdominoplasty, and extended abdominoplasty.
3. What Does a Mini-Abdominoplasty Entail?
A mini-abdominoplasty pulls down and trims off excess skin below your navel. The only incision made is beneath the swimsuit line, so nobody will know you had this procedure while you’re rocking your favorite bikini.
4. Is a Full Abdominoplasty Right for Me?
A full tummy tuck is right for you if you’re concerned about excess fat and skin above your navel. A mini-abdominoplasty only addresses problems below your navel. A full abdominoplasty, contrastingly, releases your stomach skin from the navel so that when your skin is pulled downward, it tightens the skin above the navel, as well.
5. What’s Involved in an Extended Abdominoplasty?
An extended abdominoplasty is similar to a full abdominoplasty in that it addresses concerns both below and above your navel. The primary difference, however, is that it addresses concerns regarding the muscle laxity of your flanks (love handles) and hips. Moreover, this procedure removes excess skin from the flanks and hips.
6. It’s Increasing in Popularity
In just 14 years, the number of abdominoplasties performed rose by 87%. This is a testament to the safety and efficacy of the procedure. In fact, over 117,000 abdominoplasties were performed in 2014 and over 180,000 were performed in 2015.
7. It Can Ease Back Pain
Did you know that a significant percentage of back pain complaints are due to poor posture? Your mom probably tried to instill in you the value of good posture, but that doesn’t mean you listened.
Maybe your posture started declining when you moved out of the house and your muscles atrophied from lack of use. Maybe your muscles atrophied following a traumatic injury. Regardless, weak abdominal muscles can lead to poor posture, which causes chronic back pain. Abdominoplasty tightens these muscles so you can sit up straighter and let your back muscles relax for once.
8. It Can Eliminate Your “Kangaroo Pouch”
Many mothers, especially those who have given birth more than once, have a lower abdomen that looks like a kangaroo pouch. This may also be called a “belly pooch”. Contrary to popular belief, this pouch or pooch is not caused by excess abdominal fat. Rather, it is caused by the walls of your abdominal muscles separating during pregnancy.
9. It Can Be Performed With No Visible Scarring
We all know that incisions are required to perform medical procedures. But did you know you could have a tummy tuck without any visible scars? If you have given birth via Caesarean section, we can make the incision for your abdominoplasty in the C-section scar.
10. It’s Not a Weight Loss Procedure
This one confuses a lot of people. They understand that excess fat will be removed, so, why isn’t it considered a weight loss procedure? Abdominoplasty is considered a body contouring procedure because it aims to contour your body. It is meant for people who are at or within 30 pounds of their goal weight and aren’t looking to lose more weight.
11. Don’t Watch Comedies After Your Procedure
Remember, abdominoplasty is an abdominal procedure. You will need at least two to four weeks of rest and relaxation afterward. Regular laughing during recovery will force you to overuse your abdominal muscles. If you want entertainment during your recovery, read a thrilling book instead.
12. Your Mindset Will Change Completely
There’s nothing quite like shattering your personal fitness record, whether it’s your one-rep max weight lift or your 10 km running time. This feeling of elation, however, can be brought crashing down when you’re on the way home and someone asks you when you’re due.
By repairing the rectus diastasis, or space between the rectus muscles, you can work out with confidence knowing nobody is wondering if a pregnant woman should be doing the exercises you are.
13. Your Clothes Will Fit Better
Drastic rectus diastasis doesn’t just happen to women who have given birth. It also affects men who have lost a significant amount of weight or had a hernia. Regardless of your gender, when your abdominal walls are tightened once again, your stomach will flatten and your clothes will be more flattering.
Men with rectus diastasis often have trouble finding shirts that are small enough at the chest but large enough at the abdomen to account for their distended belly. Women have a similar problem finding pants that are loose enough in the waist but not too loose in the hips and thighs.
14. You’ll Look Better in Your Bathing Suit
Abdominoplasty doesn’t just come with increased confidence and comfort when your stomach is covered by clothes. It will also give you the confidence to rock the bathing suit you’ve been staring at longingly for the past three months.
Your skin is pretty resilient. When you pinch it away from your body, it “snaps” back into place. But, like a rubber band, your skin can only stretch so far before losing its elasticity.
When your belly becomes distended in the first place, it stretches the skin around your abdomen to accommodate itself. When we tighten the abdominal muscles to flatten them out and remove excess fat, your skin is left sagging. That’s why we remove excess skin, tighten the remaining skin and reposition the navel. You won’t have any excess skin, excess fat will be removed, and your tummy will be as taut and toned as it once was.
15. It Can Be Part of a Suite of Procedures
Abdominoplasty isn’t always a stand-alone procedure. Many mothers get it as part of a “mommy makeover”. A mommy makeover is a set of several complementary procedures that allow women to achieve the body of their dreams after childbirth. Such complementary procedures may include vaginal rejuvenation or buttock augmentation.
16. You’ll Need a Ride Home After Your Procedure
Abdominoplasty is an out-patient procedure, meaning you can go home afterward. However, because it is performed under anesthesia, you won’t be able to drive for 24 hours. Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours. Ideally, however, you will have someone to stay and keep you comfortable for the first week after your procedure.
17. You’ll Want to Prepare Thoroughly
Prep your recovery room before you come in for your abdominoplasty. Whether you will be recovering in a recliner, on the sofa, or in bed, you’ll want plenty of pillows nearby. Make sure everything you need, such as water, prescription medications, and a telephone, are within a few inches. You don’t want to extend for anything you need.
We also recommend that you pre-cut some fruit and prepare easy-to-reheat meals so you don’t have to worry about cooking the first week after your procedure. Before you come in, clean your baseboards, sweep your floors, and then take a week off from cleaning.
18. You’ll Need ‘Round-the-Clock Help If You’re a New Mom
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for the first four to six weeks after your procedure. If you are a mother of small children, you will need someone in your home 24-7 to help you with your children.
Moreover, you should wait six to 12 months after giving birth to come in for this procedure. This gives your abdominal muscles time to recover from carrying a growing baby for nine months. Your body needs and deserves a break after nine long months of pregnancy.
19. Results Are Permanent
The results of abdominoplasty are considered permanent. Barring extenuating circumstances, such as future pregnancy or extreme weight fluctuation, your abdominal walls will be stronger and more stable.
This procedure is recommended for clients who have no plans on getting pregnant again. There is no risk to the unborn child if you conceive after this procedure, however, there’s no guarantee that carrying a child won’t stretch out the abdominal wall and skin after your procedure.
20. You Need to Be Healthy
It’s important to be healthy before you undergo this procedure. This includes having a body mass index of no greater than 30 and not having a chronic heart condition. A BMI greater than 30 means you probably suffer from hypertension. MAOIs and other medications associated with hypertension exclude you as a candidate for this procedure.
Moreover, if you have 50 pounds or more to lose, there is a significant chance that the weight loss will result in sagging abdominal skin. This means you will need a follow-up procedure or treatment to tighten your tummy skin once you have reached your goal weight.
21. It Can Treat SUI
SUI, or stress urinary incontinence, is one of the most common side effects of pregnancy. Women who give vaginal birth often develop a bladder control problem characterized by uncontrollable leakage after “stress”. Triggers may include laughing, jumping, running, coughing or sneezing.
Unfortunately, prescription medication may not be enough to treat this uncomfortable condition. Abdominoplasty can resolve incontinence by creating a slight bladder obstruction using soft tissue near the pelvis.
22. It Can Correct Ventral Hernias
A ventral hernia is a medical condition that occurs when your abdominal tissue or intestine penetrates the abdominal wall, forming a sack or pocket. A few of the most common risk factors of this condition are appendectomies, C-sections, and significant weight loss. However, any event that causes a weakened abdominal wall increases your risk of getting a ventral hernia. This includes having had one in the past.
How do you mitigate this risk, especially if you’ve already had one? The answer is to strengthen your abdominal walls. How do you strengthen your abdominal walls? By having one of our certified surgeons sew them together to strengthen them.
23. You Don’t Have to Choose Between Hernia Repair and Abdominoplasty
Sometimes, people opt for abdominoplasty immediately after hernia repair. Combining these two procedures is both safe and practical. Both ventral hernia correction and abdominoplasty address pressure put on the skin by weakened abdominal muscles.
24. You Can Have This Procedure Even If You Have Diabetes
You should be healthy before you undergo abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure. While both of the previous statements are true, you are not immediately excluded from abdominoplasty if you have diabetes. During your initial consultation, we will vet you for candidacy just like everyone else.
First, we need to be sure you have no history of kidney disease, renal failure, or any similar kidney ailment. Then, we’ll need to verify that your diabetes is being managed and not causing any complications. Finally, you must consent to further blood tests to make sure this procedure is right for you.
25. It Is Not the Same as Liposuction
Both liposuction and abdominoplasty address excess fat deposits. Liposuction is often performed at the same time as abdominoplasty to remove excess fat. However, these are not the same procedure. Liposuction does nothing to address excess or inelastic skin. Moreover, traditional liposuction does nothing to address stretch marks.
If your stretch marks are below the navel, even a mini-tuck will reduce your stretch marks when your excess skin is removed. If you have any questions about which procedure is right for you, or if you need them both, ask us during your initial consultation. Our goal is to help you achieve the body of your dreams, even if it means a stand-alone tummy tuck isn’t right for you.
26. You Absolutely Cannot Smoke Beforehand
This is a major sticking point for many clients, but you cannot smoke at all for at least two weeks before your treatment. Ideally, you will go six weeks without consuming nicotine in any form. This includes patches, gum, e-liquid, dip, cigars, and cigarettes. Nicotine elevates your blood pressure which may affect the outcome of your procedure.
Again, ideally, you will go six weeks after your procedure without smoking while your body heals. However, to be a good candidate for this procedure, you need to know that you can go at least two weeks before and two weeks after your procedure without smoking.
27. Don’t Follow a Crash Diet
Before or immediately after your tummy tuck, do not go on a crash diet. Eat healthy, reasonably portioned, well-balanced meals. After your procedure, you’ll want to eat plenty of protein to speed your recovery and fiber to keep you regular after anesthesia and analgesics.
Get the Taut, Toned Tummy of Your Dreams Today
Are you ready to get back your self-confidence? Do you think a tummy tuck would help to improve your quality of life? If so, contact the dedicated medical experts at Rattinan Clinic in Bangkok, TH today to schedule your initial consultation. We will assess your cosmetic goals and help you determine the best procedures to achieve your unique aesthetic goals.