Post pregnancy or after dramatic weight loss, the abdominal muscles become weak and the skin around the abdominal area becomes loose or saggy. Even individuals with normal body weight and a proportionate body structure can develop this issue. What’s even worse is that this loose or sagging skin is resistant to diet and exercise and can cause physical discomfort as well as social embarrassment.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery gives the abdomen a contoured appearance by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles. The abdomen appears more firm and flat after a tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty. In cases where there is only a small amount of excess skin in the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck, or partial Abdominoplasty, may be a suitable option.
The tummy tuck surgery is carried out under general anesthesia in the hospital. The procedure can take anywhere from 1 to five hours and the patient may be required to stay overnight at the hospital.
At the start, the surgeon makes an incision from hip to hip in the lower (hidden) part of the abdomen. Next the skin and fat is separated from the muscles, and the excess of it is removed. If required, it can be followed by tightening of the muscles, and then the skin is stretched over the new, firmer muscle.
A tummy tuck leaves scars which are placed low in the abdominal area, and are usually hidden under normal underwear and standard swimwear. Though the scars may fade slightly, they will never completely disappear and there will be a small circular scar around the belly button.
Is a Tummy Tuck the right choice?
Suitable candidates for Abdominoplasty are men and women in good health.
Those who are suitable candidates for a tummy tuck are:
- Men and women who have had a drastic weight loss and have excess sagging skin
- Women who have had several pregnancies and are left with loose or sagging skin
Recovery from Tummy Tuck surgery
In both partial and complete Abdominoplasty, the operated area is stitched and bandaged. For six weeks post-surgery, the patients are advised to wear a compression garment. Two weeks after the surgery, the wounds will be checked. After 6 weeks, a follow-up assessment will be arranged with the surgeon who performed the operation. Assessments can also be scheduled as often as required until the patient has fully recovered.
To ensure a quicker recovery, it is vital to attend all necessary post-operative appointments. Two to three weeks off from work and no physical exercise for six weeks, is advised for all patients. In addition to this, patients should avoid driving for 2 weeks.
Tummy Tuck & Liposuction
Often a Tummy Tuck procedure is combined with Liposuction by many of our patients, to get better results. This combination results in a flatter and firmer stomach, and a more contoured appearance.