Abdominoplasty -tummy tuck- is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen by the removal of lax skin, stretch marks, and fat from the lower abdomen to give a smooth firm contour to the tummy. Fat pads of the upper abdomen, waist, and lateral hips are reduced with liposuction during the procedure if needed.
Candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who have had significant weight gain or weight loss, causing the skin of the lower abdomen to become stretched.
Liposuction alone is an effective way of contouring the abdomen if the patient has good skin elasticity.
Abdominoplasty requires a general anaesthesia and two nights hospitalisation.
This procedure involves removing most or all of the skin and fat pad between the belly button and the pubis. The belly button stays in place and the skin of the upper abdomen is pulled down to resurface the whole tummy. Frequently, the rectus muscles are stretched out with pregnancy, and they are sutured together to restore their normal position as part of the abdominoplasty. The abdominoplasty incision is low across the bikini line, and there is a fine scar around the belly button.
The patient wears an abdominal binder for up to two weeks after surgery. The patient should be off work for two weeks following the surgery. It takes four months for the swelling from surgery to go down completely. After an extensive abdominoplasty the patient may benefit from a touch up procedure in four to six months to have a smooth contour at the ends of the incision.
Post operative care :
After surgery, the patient needs to avoid heavy lifting and straining for two weeks. If the rectus muscles are repaired, the patient needs to avoid heavy lifting and straining for eight weeks after surgery.
There will be some degree of permanent numbness of the lower abdomen following the procedures, just as with a caesarean section scar.
A smooth flat tummy denotes a healthy person. A person who is self-conscious about his tummy can find a tummy tuck to be very rewarding for their self-esteem. Abdominoplasty
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