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The Complete Guide to Abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to correct loose skin caused by pregnancy and extreme weight loss, or to clean up general excess skin in the abdomen region. If you are concerned about overhanging skin along your waistline, then this procedure is for you. During surgery, excess skin and fat are removed, and the abdomen muscles are reshaped. This restorative, complicated process can help reset your body. It is a very popular way to get a fresh start.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures are in high-demand around the world. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), nearly 132,000 patients received a tummy tuck in Brazil in 2015. Rio de Janeiro is responsible for a significant amount of Brazil’s plastic surgery operations. Since this is one of Dr. Alexandre Charão’s most common procedures, receiving a tummy tuck under his care is very safe. He has a proven high success rate among patients and works hard to understand each patient’s individual needs and aesthetic goals.

If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, there are some basic facts you should know. Below you will find additional information which can help you ask the right questions during the initial consultation. This insight will help you understand what to results to expect.


Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

Every patient wants to avoid scarring as much as possible. Most people assume that a mini tummy tuck will have the least amount of impact on the body. However, Dr. Alexandre Charão’s full tummy tuck approach creates the smallest possible incision. This technique makes it much better than a mini tummy tuck because all excess skin is removed while the abdominal muscles are fully reshaped. It provides a whole new stomach. Of course, the best approach for you will be discussed during the initial consultation.

Natural, Proportional Results


The correct proportions of each patient’s waistline is taken into consideration to determine how much work can be done. For example, with women, the waist to hip ratio should be 70%. To fine tune the hip line, a careful approach is taken during the muscle reshaping process. This part of the procedure is especially helpful for patients who recently had children. The sides abdomen are also sculpted with liposuction and other various techniques. Without these steps, the result would be firm, square, and boxy. When the belly button is recreated, stitches are carefully placed to help make the results look completely natural. You will look like you were born with your new body. You can read full postoperative care instructions, here.

Pregnancy After a Tummy Tuck


A tummy tuck is an extensive operation performed to remove loose fat and skin. In some cases, large areas of skin (50cm x 20cm / 19.5in x 7.75in) are pulled away. Since multiple internal layers of the body are realigned and sewn together, it is recommended that patients avoid walking upright for at least 15 days after the procedure. This helps keep the scar and stitches intact. It is also highly advised that a patient receives lymphatic drainage massages during the postoperative recovery period. If proper care is followed, you should be able to engage in most normal activities. Pregnancy without complications is still possible after a tummy tuck procedure.

Combining Other Procedures

It is very common to get a tummy tuck with a breast lift or mastopexy. The compression garment needed for a tummy tuck will also cover the breasts. By receiving multiple procedures at once, patients can reduce postoperative recovery time. Other popular combinations include getting a back and abdomen liposuction with a tummy tuck. This is a great way to get a fresh, new start, especially if you want to feel like a completely different person.

Your Initial Consultation


As you are researching tummy tuck procedures, it is important for you to define your expectations. During your initial consultation, you can discuss various options which will work for your goals and current situation. To help Dr. Alexandre Charão understand your needs, you should send him photos of your stomach.