How many of us really have the flat, toned stomach of our dreams?
Whether your problem is stubborn fat on an otherwise slim belly, stretch marks or a more serious weight problem, I, Mr Richard Matthews have the answer!
For most women, the thought of baring their stomachs to the world is enough to send a shiver down their spine. Everyone’s problem is different, of course – for some women, it’s a case of a few stretch marks brought on by pregnancy.
For others, ageing and motherhood have taken their toll on their abs, leaving them with loose, sagging skin. And then there are those who suffer with unwanted fat on their bellies.
Surgery isn’t for everyone,
and should never be taken lightly, but there are those of you for whom it’s the can be the only option. If you are severely overweight, liposuction may be the answer, but if there’s a lot of excess skin then an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) might be your best bet.
Broadly speaking, if the main problem is excess fat and skin tone is good, without stretch marks, then some form of liposuction or a non-invasive treatment will be helpful.
A full tummy tuck is generally the best solution for women whose stomachs have not recovered well after pregnancy, especially after large babies or twins, for people who have lost a lot of weight and whose skin has failed to ‘take up’, resulting in loose folds, and for people whose previous abdominal surgery has left a distorted, ugly effect, possibly following infection.
What does tummy tuck surgery entail I hear you say?
During a full tummy tuck surgery an incision is made through the skin and fat low down on the tummy, extending to the hip on each side. The undersurface of the fat is lifted off the front of the muscle layer all the way up to the lower edge of the rib cage and the bottom of the breast bone, freeing the tummy button and its stalk, leaving it marooned as a sort of island on the way.
Bleeding is stopped and muscle tightening is performed if required. The skin and fatty layer is then pulled firmly downwards and all excess cut off. The fresh lower skin edge is then stitched up and the hole in the skin where the tummy button was freed is stitched up as a midline vertical scar.
Finally, the tummy button is brought out through a fresh hole in the tightened skin and stitched into place.
Full tummy tuck surgery is a serious operation, requiring general anaesthesia and a minimum of two nights in hospital, but it can also be life-changing, so if you’ve tried everything else to no avail, perhaps it’s time to take the plunge.