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As we age, the abdominal skin loses its elasticity and the underlying muscles become loose and weak. Fat distribution to the lower abdomen also increases – creating a bulge.
The tummy tuck procedure or abdominoplasty aims to remove the loose excess skin - including stretch marks - and tighten the weakened abdominal muscles.
Properly performed, an abdominoplasty will produce a firm and taut abdomen and restore the waistline once obscured by loose skin folds.
Dr. Hussein Hashim advises this operation for women who completed their family and do not want to get pregnant anymore.
Many patients often combine this procedure with lipo-sculpturing to remove any excess fat.
The loss of shape to the abdomen is further exacerbated by excess loose skin created by pregnancy or weight loss which no amount of exercise can reverse.
Tighten up the abdomen and remove fat and excess skin with a tummy tuck.
At Dr. Hussein Hashim clinic, we use the most sophisticated methods to remove this excess skin and aim to leave you with only minimal scarring. A tummy tuck involves making a horizontal incision across the abdomen just above the pubic area. The muscles of the abdomen and their connecting fibers are then tightened and strengthened using stitches before the excess skin is removed.
The process will involve sedation under a general aesthetic, so the patient won’t feel a thing during the procedure. The Patient stays two nights in the hospital and needs ten days to go back to work. Following a tummy tuck patient needs to put a garment for six weeks.
Dr. Hussein Hashim advises patients to stop smoking 2 weeks before the operation.
The larger the abdominal weakness and the more there is excess skin ,the longer is the scar. Dr. Hussein Hashim usually puts the scar low in the abdomen at the pubic hair level .If the abdominal weakness is limited below the umbilicus (belly button) min-iabdominoplasty with short scar (10cm) is done, and in case of large abdominal weakness (apron belly) a long wound up to 30 cm is done.
All stretch marks below belly button are usually removed in the course of abdominoplasty. While the skin above the belly button is stretched down wards.