Abdominoplasty, often called a “tummy tuck,” is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. Tummy tucks help flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin, and by tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall. Dramatic changes are achieved, restoring the abdominal contours to a more youthful and proportioned appearance. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery and significant fluctuations in weight. Prerequisites for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery):
- Stable weight for at least three months before the procedure
- Stop smoking before surgery and during the recovery process
- Discontinue certain drugs and medications such as aspirin and other blood thinners
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairlines. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. Second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. The upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position. Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
WHO IS THE CANDIDATE?
Patient with stable weight, with a working diet and exercise regimen.
- Fat unresponsive to healthy diet and exercise regime
- loose and sagging skin after weight loose
- Loose and sagging skin after multiple pregnancy
- Bulging abdomen due to laxity or separated abdominal muscles.
- In pregnancy
- Morbid obesity
- Cardiopulmonary disease
- Unrealistic expectations
- Seroma formation
ASYMMETRY OR IRREGULARTIES:
- Wound related complication
- Skin loss
- Anesthesia related complication
- Abdominoplasty is generally safe procedure if performed by properly trained & Certified Plastic surgeon.
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs.
Hospital stay: 2 to 3 days
Back to work: 3 to 4 weeks
Post-operative care: 4 to 6 week
CHOOSING A QUALIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON
Tummy tuck is one the complex procedure, but excellent results require a skilled approach that can only come from specialized training and experience. You need to choose a trained and licensed plastic surgeon that can perform the procedure safely and achieve the results you desire