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Tummy Tuck Surgery
What is a Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Tummy Tuck Surgery, known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes stretched skin and excessive fat on the abdomen. It also tightens the abdominal muscles to achieve a firmer stomach. Patients undergo abdominoplasty for the following reasons:
- Excess skin and fat from post pregnancy
- Saggy skin due to aging
- Loose skin from a major weight loss
- Medical conditions (e.g. Abdominal Hernia)
Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery
There are different options of abdominoplasty that is designed to target specific areas of the body:
- Full abdominoplasty – is the standard tummy tuck surgery that removes a massive amount of abdominal skin and fat. The incision is long which is located at the bikini line. The excess fat can be used as implants for breast augmentation.
- Mini-abdominoplasty – treats excess skin hanging in the lower abdomen called the navel. This procedure only removes a minimal amount of abdominal skin and fat. The incision is shorter and requires less downtime and recovery.
- Belt Lipectomy – also known as lower body lift, this technique removes the excess fat on the hip, thigh, and waistline area.
- Lipo-abdominoplasty – is a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. This technique does faster in eliminating excess fat and skin on the abdomen.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
The patient is will be provided general anesthesia prior to the surgery. The plastic surgeon will draw markings on the skin as guide for the incision. For the type of procedure, consult your doctor which kind of tummy tuck surgery is recommended for your condition. In general, the surgical duration is estimated to be 4-5 hours.
Excision of Fat
A horizontal incision is created between the pubic hairline and belly button. The shape of the cut depends on the type of surgery used. After the incision, the skin is lifted, and the fatty tissues are removed.
The plastic surgeon constricts the sagging muscles. The separated abdominal muscles are tightened by suturing in the middle section.
Removal of Excess Skin
The upper abdominal skin is pulled out downwards. The excess skin will be trimmed, and the remaining skin is stitched together for closure. The doctor will cut a new hole for the belly button and sutured into its position.
After the surgery, medical bandages are placed on your incisions. The patient is recommended to wear compression garments to support your abdomen for proper healing. Thin tubes may be placed temporarily under your skin to drain excess blood.
During the recovery, the patient should refrain from activities that could strain the incisions such as lifting heavy objects. The healing process takes 2-3 weeks. Bruising and swelling may occur but will subside in 2-4 weeks. The downtime of the surgery depends on the type of procedure used. It usually takes 1-2 months for the patient to return to its normal activities. If you experience severe discomfort or infection, consult your doctor immediately.
Book for an appointment
At Megaesthetics Center, our plastic surgeons aim to provide the best medical care for your patients. We recommend the tummy tuck technique for your condition. For consultations, call us at 637-9661 to 68 local 120 today!