Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty is a most scientific way to shape up unwanted excess flab (fat) around the tummy and produce a tighter & flatter stomach, also known as Tummy Tuck. Abdominoplasty is an operation to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The aim of this surgery is to reshaping abdomen. It is designed to remove the excess sagging (loose/Shapeless) skin and fat along with tightening of the abdominal wall muscles to restore the tone lost during pregnancy or due to excessive dieting for over weight. If a patient has combination of excessive fat & loose skin, Liposuction and skin resection can be done at the same time. It may not help all bulging abdomen - especially those with relatively thin, snug skin with large abdominal contents.
The operation is done under general or spinal anesthesia and taken 3 to 5 hours approximately. Usually Hospital stay is 2 to 10 days. A long horizontal incision (cut) from one hip to the other hip is used. The skin is separated and lifted from the abdominal muscles all the way lower part of breast. The skin is pulled down, the excess respected and muscles are tightened in midline. A small hole is made in the skin overlaying the Umbilicus and the Umbilicus is repositioned. Fat suctioning or liposuction is done from the upper abdomen and the sides of the abdomen. Special drains are placed for 3-5 days. Sutures/stapler is removed in 2 to 3 stages starting from the 7 th day of the surgery.
Post Surgery precautions
They are requested to wear snug panty hose. Abdominal belt apply for few weeks to pressure over the abdomen. Social activities are to be limited for about 4 weeks, following the surgery and strenuous activities including sports and exercise are to be limited for about 8 weeks following the surgery.
Results and Complications
After abdominoplasty 75 to 85% of the patients are very happy with their results. Few may not be totally happy, because of technical limitations, healing problems or high expectations of patient. Scars are usually fine line and hidden in bikini line. Swelling and numbness of the abdominal wall for several weeks are common. Wound healing complications are increased in smokers and in people who are overweight.