ABDOMINOPLASTY - TUMMY TUCK

ABDOMINOPLASTY - TUMMY TUCK

ABDOMINOPLASTY - TUMMY TUCK

What can I expect from an abdominoplasty ?
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that helps to tighten abdominal wall muscles, get rid of excess fat and lax skin from the middle and lower abdomen and reduce the appearance of a protruding tummy.
It can also remove old scars and stretch marks due to pregnancies from the abdominal area. The end result is a flatter and firmer abdomen.

Am I a suitable candidate ?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men and women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or have loose skin in the abdomen . Tummy tuck is also a solution for women having over-stretched abdominal muscle and skin due to multiple pregnancies.
However, women intending to have future pregnancies should postpone this procedure as the muscles that are tighten during the surgery will be loosened again during pregnancy. The same goes for patients planning to lose a lot of weight. Patients who developed scarring from past abdominal surgery will be advised against this surgery.

What happens during a tummy tuck ?
The operation usually lasts 2-3 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia where the patient will sleep throughout the surgery. An overnight stay will also be required.
A transverse incision will be made across the lower abdomen so that abdominal skin, fat and muscles may be raised slightly. Excess skin and fat will then be removed while the abdominal wall muscles are tightened by using stitches. The incision will then be closed.

What are the risks and complications ?
Although all surgeries encompass some uncertainty and risks, the abdominoplasty can generally be carried out very safely by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.
Possible complications include infection and drainage of the abdominal area. Engaging in light exercises like slow walking as soon as possible after the surgery can minimize the formation of blood clots (hematoma).
Scars are permanent and long but they will fade gradually with time. Conspicuous scars are due to poor healing caused mostly by smoking and wide scars may also form due to excessive stretching.

Before the surgery ... ... Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on eating, drinking and medications. Smokers are encouraged to stop smoking at least 1 week before and 1-2 weeks after the scheduled date of surgery.
Strict diets and over-exposure to the sun especially at the tummy should be avoided as they will slow down the healing process. Remember to arrange for someone to bring you home after the surgery and look after you for a few days.

What should I do after the surgery ? An abdominal binder will have to be worn for up to 3 weeks to provide support and to ease swelling. Painkillers will also be given to control mild to moderate pain.
Most patients can return to work after 1-2 weeks but all strenuous activities should be avoided for 6 weeks
Strict diets and over-exposure to the sun especially at the tummy should be avoided as they will slow down the healing process. Remember to arrange for someone to bring you home after the surgery and look after you for a few days.