Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdominal and to tighten the muscles of the abdomen wall.
How about a flatter, trimmer tummy and thinner waist line?

Details

The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal.

Procedure

Most commonly, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched. Next, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the muscles in your abdomen. Vertical muscles are tightened. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline. The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressings will be applied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

Length

Complete abdominoplasty usually takes 2 to 5 hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia or local anesthesia, combined with a sedative.
In/Outpatient: Depending on individual circumstances and extent of the surgery required you may be released within a few hours or 2 to 3 days hospitalization.

Side-Effects / Risks

Major omplication are rare. Temporary pain swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, and tiredness may be for few weeks.

Recovery

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you're likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Surface stitches will be removed in 5 to 7 days. The dressing on your incision may be replaced by a support garment. You will likely be back to work in 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more.

Results

After surgery, you have a flatter, trimmer abdomen. Scars will fade with time. The results are long lasting if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly. .

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who are the best candidates for tummy tuck procedure?
A. The best candidates for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are men and women who have large fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise.
Q. How soon can I return to work after abdominoplasty?
A. 2- to 4 weeks.
Q. What kind of results should I expect after a tummy tuck?
A. By removing the sagging excess skin and accumulated fatty tissue, you'll immediately enjoy a flatter, firmer abdomen and a thinner waist line.

 

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