Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Also known as Tummy Tuck, abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
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:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
Benefits of Abdominoplasty
What are the side effect of the surgery?
Any type of surgery has risks, including cosmetic surgery, thus tummy tuck risks are not unfounded. Some abdominoplasty side effects include: delayed healing, infection, reaction to anesthesia, and blood clots. Many of these complications can be avoided, or at least minimized, if you carefully follow the instructions your surgeon will give you for taking care of yourself prior as well as post-surgery.
Your abdomen will naturally be swollen for the first few days, but medication will control the pain. You may have a couple of pillows placed behind your knees in order to keep these bent to reduce the tension in your abdominal muscles. You may not be able to stand up straight away although you should start walking about as soon as possible. All stitches are usually the dissolving type, however, any clips will be taken out after 5 days or so if used.A comfortable support garment should be worn for six weeks and you will have follow-up visits in the period after surgery to check on your progress.
The recovery depends on each individual patient. Some return to work after only two weeks while others take three or four weeks to recuperate. You can usually expect to be back to full activity after six weeks.
Heavy lifting or strenuous activity is not advised in the first 6 weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming is recommended until this time.
What can I expect from the surgery?
You have to be realistic in your expectations. The effects of a tummy tuck are generally long lasting provided you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Abdominoplasty produces excellent slimming and shaping results, giving a flatter and tighter abdomen.Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Also, tummy tuck operations cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally the treated areas below the belly button.