What is the abdominoplasty or tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck or full abdominoplasty surgically removes loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks from the abdomen.
In addition, vertical abdominal muscles that have been stretched and weakened over time can be tightened, giving you a firmer, flatter stomach.
Is the tummy tuck procedure for me?
The ideal candidate for an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck are people who are healthy, not too overweight, who are concerned about the loose skin that has not tightened after weight loss or pregnancy.
Patients intending to lose a lot of weight or women who plan future pregnancies should wait.
If you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery, your doctor may recommend against abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery.
The Aesthetica consultation process.
In your initial consultation, your doctor will discuss your expectations, your health and previous medical history.
On examination, will determine the extent of the fatty deposits in your abdominal and upper hip regions.
He will carefully assess your skin tone and extent of loose skin.
He will discuss your options, risks, limitations and recovery.
If, for example, your fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel, you may require a not a full tummy tuck but a partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck.
Or liposuction may also be advisable with a partial or full abdominoplasty.
Or maybe liposuction alone may create the best result.
In any case, your doctor will work with you to recommend the procedure that is right for you.
What happens during an abdominoplasty procedure?
A full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty usually takes three to five hours depending on the extent of work required.
Partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck may take an hour or two.
Abdominoplasty usually requires a full anesthetic.
The length of the incision depends on the amount of loose skin to be removed.
A second incision is made to free the belly button.
With partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not need to be moved. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall, it is then lifted and to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen.
If required the muscles pulled closer together and stitched into their new tighter position.
This creates a firmer abdominal wall.
The loose skin flap is then stretched down over the abdominal wall with the excess skin being removed.\
Your belly button stays in the same spot as a new hole is made for it.
In partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. The skin is stretched down, the excess loose skin removed, and the flap stitched back into place.
How will I look and feel after a tummy tuck?
For the first few days after a tummy tuck, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled with medication.
Depending on the extent of your abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery, you may be released within a few hours of the surgery or you may need to remain in hospital overnight.
This will discussed and organized for you prior to your abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery.
The staff at Aesthetica will provide you with instructions for showering and changing dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible.
External sutures will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures, with the ends that protrude through the skin, will be taken out in two to three weeks. The dressing on your incision may be replaced by a support garment.
The recovery process.
It may take you a few weeks to fully recover. If you start out in top physical condition with strong abdominal muscles then recovery from abdominoplasty will be much faster. Most people return to work after two to three weeks.
Exercise and massage are beneficial in your healing process to reduce swelling, increase blood flow to minimise the chances of blood clots and help tone muscles. Vigorous exercise, however, should be avoided until you can do it comfortably.
What risks are associated with abdominoplasty, tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck?
Thousands of abdominoplasty procedures are performed successfully each year and the results are generally quite positive. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with every surgical procedure. All risks will be discussed in detail with the doctor at your consultation.
How much does an abdominoplasty, tummy tuck cost?
As every case presents differently, for further information on costs or any other aspect of the procedure or options available please call our patient advisor Julie on 98246134 or send an email.
* Disclaimer – the patient result may vary for person to person.