Tummy Tuck, which is also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgery carried out to remove excess fat and skin around the abdominal area which then restores weakened or separated muscles resulting in a much smoother abdominal profile. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) surgery is very helpful for people, especially women who’ve had damage to their abdominal region after pregnancy, childbirth or other abdominal area traumas. On a general basis, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is also adopted by people who have very saggy skin around the abdominal area due to significant weight loss. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and liposuction are not the same but you can choose to get liposuction along with a tummy tuck if your surgeon recommends. Individuals with normal body weight and proportion can also be a victim of a protruding abdomen. The most common causes of this include:
● Prior to surgery
● Significant fluctuations in weight
To be an ideal candidate for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), you should:
● have decent general health
● carry excess weight around midsection area
● Have sagging skin around the abdomen
● Have healthy and practical expectations out of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), surgery, which can be discussed with the plastic surgeon
● capable of maintaining the post-surgery results with a stable diet and regular exercise
● are a smoker
● have critical medical ailments
● Are planning to become pregnant
● planning for a significant weight loss
In the Tummy Tuck surgery Procedure, sedatives along with general anaesthesia are administered to ensure a painless surgery. Your surgeon will make a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. The amount of excess skin is going to govern the shape and length of the incision that your surgeon will make. After lifting the abdominal skin, your surgeon turns to repair your underlying weakened abdominal muscles. The upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. Your surgeon trims the excess skin and sutures the remaining together. This creates a new opening for the belly button. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position. To seal the skin incisions, sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips may be used.Your Tummy tuck surgery will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal profile which will be more proportionate with your body type and weight.
Post your Tummy tuck surgery, you would initially have some pain and swelling for a few days for which your surgeon would prescribe you some medicines. A bandage will be applied to the stitched area which is the firm, elastic band and will promote proper healing. You would also have to be careful about certain positions while sitting or lying down to avoid the pain. You may need to take up to one month off work after the surgery to ensure proper recovery.