Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure where excess fat and saggy skin is removed from the middle and bottom areas of the stomach and the muscles are tightened. Overweight patients have to lose an amount of weight to be determined by their doctor before they can have this procedure. A fat stomach and appearance can be solved with this operation.
A flat stomach is the sign of having a beautiful physique. A tummy tuck is a procedure where excess fat, loose muscles and saggy skin caused by age, successive births and yo-yo weight gain and loss are corrected.
Shaping the stomach wall is achieved by removing fat (liposuction or laser lipolysis) or with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) depending on the amount of fat, sagging and skin elasticity. Abdominoplasties can be carried out simultaneously with other body shaping procedures (breast surgery, liposuction etc.) and some others (uterus, ovary operations etc.)
Tummy tuck operations are divided into two; full (full abdominoplasty) and mini (mini abdominoplasty).
Mini Tummy Tuck: Is the removal of excess skin and fat from only the lower stomach. The effects of the operation are especially apparent on those who are not medically obese, and is why it is their preferred option.
Full Tummy Tuck: Excess fat is removed from the entire stomach and hips; excess skin is removed from the bottom of the stomach and the stomach muscles beneath the tightened skin are repaired. This is a solution for stubborn areas of fat.
Type of Anaesthesia
Tummy tucks are performed in an operating theatre under general anaesthetic. Aspirin and cigarette use must be ended 2-3 weeks before the operation.
How is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) done?
Depending on the results you want, this surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours. Your situation also will decide whether you have the surgery as an in-patient or outpatient procedure. You will receive general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep during the operation. It's important to have someone with you who can drive you home. If you live alone and you're sent home after the procedure, you also will need someone to stay with you at least the first night after the surgery.
Complete abdominoplasty : The incision (cut) is made low on the abdomen, at about the same level as your pubic hair, and usually extends from hip bone to hip bone. Your surgeon will then manipulate and shape the skin and muscle as needed. You will also have an incision around your navel (belly button) with this procedure, because it's necessary to free your navel from surrounding tissue. Drainage tubes may be placed under your skin; these will be removed in a few days as your surgeon sees fit.
Partial or mini-abdominoplasty : it's done with shorter incisions. During this procedure, your belly button most likely will not be moved. Your skin will be separated between the line of incision and your belly button. This type of surgery may also be performed with an endoscope (a long tube with a small camera on the end). This procedure may take up to two hours, again, depending on your situation and needs. As with the complete abdominoplasty, you may have drainage tubes after surgery.
Length of Procedure
The length of the operation depends on the procedures involved. A full tummy tuck lasts 2-3 hours if liposuction is not used on a large area.
When do the stitches and drains get removed?
There may be swelling and pain that can be controlled with painkillers for a few days after the tummy tuck. Drains are removed 1-3 days and stitches are removed 1-3 weeks after the operation.
How long before I go back to normal life?
You will have to stay in hospital for 1-3 days. It may take some months for you to feel like your old self. You can return to work 2-4 weeks after the operation.
The incision made might look to be vivid for the first 3-6 months, but this is normal, as it takes 9 months to 1 year to heal and fade. Even though it won’t disappear, the scar can easily be hidden, even when wearing a bikini. Mini and full abdominoplasties create perfect results for patients with weak abdominal muscles or excessive sagging. Most patients can maintain the result with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
What are the risks side effects of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?
As expected, you will have pain and swelling after surgery. Your doctor can prescribe a painkiller if needed, and will instruct you on how best to treat the pain.
Soreness may last for several weeks or months. You may also have numbness, bruising, and overall tiredness for that same time period.
As with any surgery, there are risks. You may have an increased risk of complications if you have poor circulation, diabetes, heart, lung, or liver disease, or if you smoke.
What are the long term effects of a tummy tuck?
Long term effects of a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, include improvements in core strength and mechanics. A tummy tuck is effective at improving the contour of the abdomen while also tightening the abdominal wall.
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