Many people want a flat and well-toned abdomen. Sometimes diet and exercise cannot achieve these desired outcomes. A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) is the surgical procedure performed to improve the shape and contour of your tummy .A tummy tuck, can flatten your abdomen by removing loose skin, excess fat, and tightening and restoring separated muscles. A tummy tuck can also be combined with other procedures such as liposuction and/or breast enhancement
Reasons to Consider a Tummy Tuck:
- Postpartum abdominal changes:After delivery, you may have excess skin and fat on your stomach even after you have returned to your normal weight.
- Loose or baggy abdominal skin:If you lose weight quickly, your skin may not shrink at the same rate as you lose weight. This skin can hang down and appear loose.
- Stretch marks:If you gain weight quickly or your abdomen expands as during pregnancy, your skin may stretch. When you lose the weight or give birth, you may have stretch marks.
- Loose abdominal wall:Sometimes the muscles of your stomach can separate. This happens most commonly during pregnancy
- Exercise and diet have not improved the shape of your torso
- You have excess fat or skin around your belly button, leaving you with a lower abdominal bulge
To be considered an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck, you should have a stable body weight and be a non-smoker. For best results, it is usually recommended that women postpone a tummy tuck if they are planning to become pregnant in the future.
We may advise you to not have a tummy tuck procedure if you have:
- A history of deep vein thrombosis
- Bleeding diathesis
- Morbid obesity or any other chronic illness
Tummy tuck surgery may take 2-5 hours to complete. Abdominoplasty is typically done with a general anaesthesia. Before surgery, your surgeon marks incision sites on the lower abdomen, where they can be concealed, and areas for liposuction as necessary. There are two types of tummy tuck procedures: complete Tummy Tuck and partial or mini-Tummy Tuck
- Mini-Tummy Tuck- This tummy tuck is performed on patients who have a slight excess of skin and fat, especially below the belly-button. A wedge of ellipse of skin and fat is cut from the lower tummy, leaving a horizontal scar similar to that from a Caesarean Section. liposuction is performed on the upper tummy and waist and muscles below the belly-button are tightened. The belly-button itself is stretched slightly to become more elongated, and generally more appealing.
- Classic Tummy Tuck- A complete tummy tuck can take up to several hours to perform. A long incision across the lowest part of the abdomen and an incision around the navel are made. The skin is then lifted as far up as the ribcage to reveal the muscles of the abdomen. The lifted skin is stretched back into position and excess skin is eliminated and muscles repaired
The tummy tuck is an extensive procedure, so you should expect a total recovery of up to 3 weeks. Immediately after your surgery, gauze and compression garments will be applied and may need to be worn for up to 6 weeks. We advise you to begin to move around 12-18 hours after surgery. Most patients are discharged 1 to 3 days after the surgery and instructed about proper wound care at home. Any pain can be managed with medication, and the sutures will be removed after 1 week. Recovery from an abdominoplasty can take up to 4 -6 weeks and you are not advised to return to work during the recovery period. In most cases, the results are long lasting, especially if you avoid weight-gain, follow a balanced-diet and exercise regularly. Patients frequently experience improved self-confidence from an improved abdominal contour. Scars are inevitable with a tummy tuck, but with time these should decrease and appear much less conspicuous. A tummy tuck is not a substitution for weight loss.
A tummy tuck is a highly rewarding plastic surgery procedure. The results can often be quite dramatic, while still looking very natural. Men and women who have tummy tuck surgery enjoy a flatter, firmer midsection and more flattering silhouette. Benefits include:
- Tightening Abdominal Muscles
- Removal of excess loose skin
- Fat extraction from targeted areas
- Treating Old Scars
- Improving Posture and relieving Back Pain
- Ventral Hernia Correction
- Reducing Stress Urinary Incontinence
Like all surgical procedures, there are risks involved with a tummy tuck. Possible complications associated with abdominoplasty can include noticeable scars, infection, tissue loss and blood clots. Abdominoplasty is a relatively safe surgery. However, as in any surgery, there are chances of potential complications including bleeding, blood clots in the lungs or legs, insufficient healing, scarring, and infection.