Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty
The Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and, at the same time, tighten the abdominal muscles. With this procedure, your doctor can remove and correct loose abdominal skin and stretched abdominal muscles following pregnancy or significant weight loss, or simply obesity resulting in laxity of abdominal skin and fat. The actual extent of this cosmetic surgery will depend on the amount of excess skin and the looseness of the abdominal muscles. This operation is usually done by your doctor under deep sedation and local Tumescent Anesthesia commonly used in liposuction operations. However, some patients may need general anesthesia depending on the extent of surgery.
An incision is made near the Bikini Line, excess redundant skin and fat are removed, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is pulled tightly down and to the Bikini line, re-draped and sutured. The incision is closed with a requisite number of layers of dissolvable sutures. The belly button will be replaced where it normally belongs, with a small circular incision. This operation is often combined with limited liposuction (Lipo- Abdominoplasty). Any Fat Transfer procedures are also done at this time, particularly the Brazilian Butt Lift.
Following tummy tuck cosmetic surgery, a compression garment, similar to a girdle is worn for a few weeks. Your doctor will advise on how long to use this garment.
Recovery from a tummy tuck may take several weeks. Even though dramatic results are immediately evident, complete recovery may take several months because of swelling, and the patients may not fully realize final results for many months following the surgery.
Tummy Tuck surgery is a very invasive procedure with significant complications. Complications are much higher on smokers, diabetics, morbid obesity and patient with other significant medical illnesses. You must consult a Doctor and discuss all details pertaining to significant complications before considering this procedure.
There are many ways to perform tummy tuck. All of them involve significant permanent loss of blood supply to the abdominal wall, resulting in complications. However, using proper techniques and proper patient choices the complications can be minimized, but not eliminated. In our facility we are very conscious about these complications, strive hard to minimize these complications by proper patient selection and proper techniques and sometimes staging the procedure in two stages, six months apart.