How to Get Rid of Apron Belly?

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How to Get Rid of Apron Belly?

An apron belly, medically referred to as a panniculus, is described as a significant over-extension of skin and fat that droops over the lower abdomen and can be a source of discomfort and frustration for many. This condition can occur due to rapid weight loss, pregnancy, or the body’s natural aging process. If you are struggling with an apron belly and seeking ways to reduce or eliminate it, a tummy tuck or abdominal surgery could be the solution.

In this blog, we will discuss how to address apron belly with a tummy tuck procedure.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

The tummy tuck is a common surgical procedure that removes extra skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal wall muscles. It eliminates the apron belly excellently, providing remarkable and long-lasting results. The surgeon makes an incision across the lower abdomen and removes excess tissue before repositioning the remaining skin to create a smoother, tighter abdominal profile.

An extended tummy tuck can be recommended for people with more extensive excess skin that extends around the hips and to the lower back. In an extended tummy tuck, a longer incision is given for excessive skin and fat removal.


Preparing for Surgery

The first step towards abdominal surgery is a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your condition, discuss your goals, and recommend the most appropriate solution. Also, examine the potential risks and the expected outcome.

The procedure is performed under the anesthesia. After giving anesthesia, the surgeon will make the incisions in the stomach. After removing the excess skin and tissues, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and apply a bandage.

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    The Recovery

    After surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Small tubes may also be placed to remove excess fluid. The best plastic surgeon in India will also suggest wearing compression garments to support healing. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage pain and discomfort. The recovery time varies depending on the extent of the surgery. You should take at least two weeks off from work and avoid strenuous activities for four to six weeks. Full recovery and the final results may take six months to become apparent.


    After Surgery Care

    You should follow your surgeon’s instructions, take prescribed medications, and follow a healthy diet and regular exercise for a quick and smooth recovery. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing and address any concerns. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for your surgical site, when to resume normal activities, and how to wear compression garments. You should also maintain a stable weight because significant weight fluctuations can affect the appearance of your abdomen and may necessitate additional procedures.



    Liposuction might be a good option if you have a moderate amount of belly fat and more elastic skin. Liposuction procedures can help remove fat deposits but not address excess skin. You should also have realistic expectations and discuss potential outcomes with a certified plastic surgeon.

    If you are dealing with an apron belly, it’s better to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to know if abdominal surgery is the right option for you.

    Dr. Rajat Gupta

    MBBS, MS, DNB(Gen. Surg.),
    DNB (Plastic Surgery)

    Dr. Rajat Gupta is a board certified plastic surgeon in India with 13 years of experience to back his expertise in the domain of aesthetic surgeries.

    Having completed his training from Maulana Azad Medical College and equipped with a thorough understanding of aesthetic needs of people, Dr. Gupta strives to offer the best remedies and cosmetic procedures outfitted with the latest technology to the aspirants in India and across the globe. To book an appointment, call: +91-9251711711 or email:

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