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ABDOMINOPLASTY
'TUMMY TUCK'

Overview

Benefits

Best candidates

Procedure steps

Results

Risks and safety considerations

After-Procedure instructions and precautions

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Abdominoplasty 'Tummy Tuck' Overview

Aging, rapid weight loss and multiple pregnancies make the abdomen skin loose and the abdominal muscles lax. Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty removes this extra skin and tightens the abdomen muscles to give a flat contour and re-positions the umbilicus to a natural youthful position. It is alos a component of 'Mommy makeover' where tummy tuck is combined with Breast Lift surgery. There is a long scar in the lower abdomen which is well hidden beneath the undergarments.

For a basic understanding about body shape and Fat head to the aesthetics of Body Contouring section.

What are the benefits of Abdominplasty ?

  • After extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies, stomach muscles can become distended, and diet and exercise alone cannot help. A tummy tuck surgically tightens weak muscles, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen.
  • After an Abdominoplasty, patients may notice that their posture has improved significantly, thanks to the tightened muscles supporting their spine.
  • The improved support and better posture can have the added benefit of relieving certain types of back pain.
  • Abdominal wall weakness caused by massive weight loss or surgeries like C-sections or appendectomies can cause a ventral hernia, where the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall and forms a pocket or sack. Abdominoplasty Surgery corrects ventral hernia.

Who are the best candidates for Abdominoplasty ?

Any adult person with loose abdominal skin, abdominal muscle weakness due to aging or multiple pregnancies and localized lumps of fat, who wants to enhance her/his aesthetic appearance may be considered for Tummy Tuck, provided there is no other risk factor like Heart disease, Renal disease etc. In such cases proper consultation and an extensive discussion with the treating physician is mandatory to clearly define the risk benefit ratio. You may be a good tummy tuck candidate if, You are physically healthy and at a stable weight, You have realistic expectations, You are a nonsmoker and You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen

What Happens In Abdominoplasty surgery ?

You are asked to come to the surgical suit at least 2 hours before the time slot alloted for surgery. It essential to come empty stomach. Please carefully read and follow all the pre-operative instructions given to you at the time of appointment.

You will be given time immediately before the surgery to discuss any last minute doubts with the surgeon. once you ready you will be taken to the operation theater. You will remain asleep through out the surgery.

Before the surgery the surgeon draws out all the incisions and discusses the same with Patient. The incision is given in such a way that the final scar is formed below the undergarment line.

The extra skin of the lower abdomen is removed along with extra fat. Rest of the area is contoured with liposuction. The abdominal muscles are tightened and any hernia is corrected at the same time. New youthful looking umbilicus is created at the appropriate level. The surgery takes 4-5 hours to complete. 

After the surgery the effect of anesthesia and analgesics used at the time of surgery gradually wear off. As soon as the patient stars to perceive pain Pain-killers are administered either as injectable or orally for up-to 5 to 10 days depending upon patients pain tolerance.

Immediately after the surgery patient is shifted to ward and a couple of days of hospital stay may be required. Patient is mobilized from the next day but advised minimal movement for 7 days. Normal work can be resumed after 2-3 weeks after the surgery.

When will I see the results ?

You may begin to appreciate the results from around 1 week after the surgery. Although it takes 6 months for complete tissue remodeling and appearance of final results. Tissue healing takes 4 to 6 weeks. There will be mild swelling for 3-4 weeks. There is no need for any suture removal because all sutures are placed inside the skin.

What are the risks and safety considerations ?

Abdominplasty is a safe surgery which is commonly performed world over. Still like all surgical procedures there are risks related to the surgery, anesthesia and sutures. Please read the Abdominoplasty Informed Consent document thoroughly and completely to understand the risks involved.

What are the After-Surgery instructions and precautions ?

Immediately after the surgery patient is shifted to ward and a couple of days of hospital stay may be required.

Patient is mobilized from the next day but advised minimal movement for 7 days. Normal work can be resumed after 2-3 weeks after the surgery.

Please read and follow the Post Operative Instruction sheet carefully.

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