What is Abdominoplasty – Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck (“abdominoplasty”) is a surgical procedure where excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen. This helps to tighten the muscles of the middle and lower abdomen.
A good candidate for abdominoplasty:
- Is in good physical health
- Wants to get rid of excess fat and skin that does not go away with regular diet and exercise
- Has had multiple pregnancies that have caused her abdominal muscles to stretch out and unable to return to normal
- Is someone who has a loss of skin elasticity
To find out if you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty, schedule a consultation at the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery to learn if you qualify for this cosmetic surgery procedure.
Some of the uncertainties and risks associated with abdominoplasty:
- Delayed wound healing
What to expect during a consultation:
During your initial consultation, our surgeon will evaluate your health, measure the amount of fat deposits in the abdomen, and evaluate your skin tone. You will discuss your expectations and goals for the procedure, as well as your medical history and prior medical conditions. You will also discuss the risks associated with the procedure, the type of anesthesia that will be used, and the kind of results to expect.
How abdominoplasty is performed:
Before surgery your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow in order to ensure a safe surgical process. For smokers, it is important that they plan to quit two weeks before surgery, and two weeks after.
A general anesthesia (you will be asleep during the procedure) or a local anesthesia (you will be numb in the area of operation), will be administered. Surgery can take anywhere from two to five hours depending on the severity of the operation. An incision will be made just above the pubic region from hipbone to hipbone. Another incision is made around the naval. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall and pulled up above the ribs. The muscles are tightened and stitched close together, and the skin flap is then stretched down and excess skin is removed. A new hole will be cut for your navel. The incision is then closed with sutures.
In some cases, a mini tummy tuck, also known as a partial abdominoplasty, is performed on minor cases of excess skin and fat. The same steps are taken, with the exception that the skin is only separated between the incision line and the navel, with the surgeon focusing solely on your lower abdomen.
Your abdomen will be swollen the first few weeks and you may feel some discomfort. The surgeon will prescribe medication to alleviate pain, and stitches will be removed within a week after surgery. It could take weeks or even months to be back to your old self again after an abdominoplasty. Once your body is completely healed, you can continue on with regular activity, and may even be able to return back to work after a couple of weeks.
Everyone heals differently; the range of time it takes before someone is back to normal post-abdominoplasty depends on the person and the severity of the surgical procedure they have undergone.