Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck

An Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a great way to have the tummy you have always dreamt of. After pregnancy or losing a large amount of weight, your abdomen has excess, loosened up skin – and no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of it! Sometimes your muscles are stretched apart too. Dieting will help you lose weight and working out will make your muscles tighter but only a tummy tuck will make your skin tight, bring your muscles back to the shape and get rid of excess cellulite and stretch marks!

The Procedure

  • Where there is only a layer of excess fat that needs removing, this can be solved by way of liposculpture.
  • Where there is a small amount of excess skin in the area underneath the navel, a mini tummy tuck is required.
  • Before a tummy tuck, we recommend that the patient lose at least 80% of his or her excess weight; thus the results of the surgery will be considerably improved.
  • Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Surgery is an outpatient procedure and that means you can go home the same day.
  • It takes about 2 hours to complete and you will be completely asleep so you won’t feel or remember anything.
  • A scar is made (smaller than a c-section scar), which goes from hip to hip – and this is easily hidden by most type of panties and bathing-suits.
  • The abdominal muscles (Rectus Abdominus) are tightened at the center and the excess skin, fatty tissue, and stretch marks are removed.
  • Where a higher degree of tightening is required, the scar is longer and the navel is repositioned to avoid it being too low.
  • The stitches are all dissolvable and placed underneath the skin. Then the scar is covered with special tape to improve healing. You are ready to go home about an hour later!

Anaesthesia

The mini tummy tuck is done under mild anaesthesia. The classical tummy tuck are carried out under general anaesthesia.

Complications, Care

  • It is recommended that the clients undergoing this operation shouldn’t be actively smoking. If you are a smoker you should stop at least two months prior to your operation. Still, the risk for smokers is always higher than non-smokers.
  • All blood thinning and anti-platelet medications should be stopped at least two weeks prior to the operation if approved by the prescribing physician.
  • Typically, two surgical drains will be left in place. The purpose of the drain is to drain any post-operative bleeding or fluid accumulation that may occur.
  • A prescription for narcotic pain medication is also given.
  • It will be extremely important that the client begins walking the night of surgery to decrease the risk of blood clots in the legs.
  • The first few days should be spent with assistance, rest and proper care.
  • By 7-10 days, things ease out and the patient ambulates easier.
  • All stitches are buried and do not need to be removed.
  • Clients can typically return to light duty/work in one to two weeks.
  • One should not lift anything over the weight of a full milk jug (including picking up small children) for six weeks.
  • Patients can return to full activity and exercise in six weeks.
  • Potential complications include mild infection, bleeding, and wound problems.
  • It is important for female patients to understand that if they should have another pregnancy after the abdominoplasty, this can diminish the results so it is usually best to wait until after you are finished having children to undergo this operation.
  • Also, gaining significant amounts of weight post-operatively can affect the ae-sthetic outcome.

Results

The results of a tummy tuck are a flatter and more even stomach, with an improved abdominal shape. It accentuates a more feminine waistline. Patients will be able to continue enjoying their new shape, providing one exercises regularly and eats healthily.