By Dr. Muba Clinics

If you have failed to get rid of your abdominal fat, no matter how much you tried heavy work out programs, you might want to try another options for achieving the body shape you desire.

Sagginess in the belly, disfigurations or regional fat deposition usually caused by pregnancy or sudden weight change are the most common conditions for which patients resort to aesthetic surgery. The abdominal fat in particular is very difficult to get rid of only by way of working out. When this is the case, the only remaining option is the surgical removal of the fat and the excess skin. Liposuction -the removal of fat- and abdominoplasty -the tightening of the belly area- are two procedures which may be necessary to fix these problems.

Who is this surgery most appealing to?

Abdominoplasty is most commonly underwent by individuals who have sagging excess skin in their belly area. This is usually caused by giving birth multiple times or putting weight on and off in a short time period. The procedure requires that the patient doesn’t have any condition which prevent them from having surgeries. Other than this, if the patient is considering giving birth in the future, it is suggested that the abdominoplasty is postponed.

Is an abdominoplasty necessary?

Sagging belly skin has many negative effects on a person’s quality of life in psychological and aesthetic aspects. Fat deposition in the belly can cause difficulty in physical activity. A person’s self-image can also suffer from this, as in having problems choosing clothes. So, it can be regarded necessary from these perspectives. However, abdominoplasty is useful only if there is sagginess of skin. If not, other options like diet, exercise or fat removal (liposuction) are suggested. If these options result in saggy skin, only then should abdominoplasty be considered.

About the surgery

Dr Mbaraka Ahmed Ljohiy, Speacialist of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery explains the operation: “Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The operation takes approximately 2 hours. The patient might be hospitalized for up to two days after the procedure. The incision scars are usually left below the bikini line, and eventually fade over time. Minor pain can be suffered for a few days after the surgery. Painkillers can be used for this. It might be necessary to wear a corset for 3-4 weeks in order to support the muscle and the tissues in the abdominal area.”