You are in great shape after losing all those unwanted pounds however you find that you have loose or excessive abdominal skin. An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck can be the perfect option for you to enhance your new look.
Abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves tightening of the abdominal wall and removing of loose skin and excess fat from the middle and lower abdominal area and the existing umbilicus is often resized, reshaped and repositioned giving it a youthful appearance.
Abdominoplasty can be complete or partial. At Divine Proportions, our surgeons can help you choose the best procedure suited to your requirements to give you the result you desire.
- Abdominoplasty or tummy tucks are of two types; complete abdominoplasty and partial abdominoplasty. Both the procedures are generally performed under general or regional anesthesia.
- Complete Abdominoplasty procedure takes about 2-4 hours and involves making an incision just above the pubic area from hip to hip. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall and the underlying muscles and fascia are tightened and excess fat is removed. The navel is repositioned and the skin is stretched and sutured. When a complete abdominoplasty that includes a lateral thigh lift and improvement of the flank it is called an extended abdominoplasty and when it involves a buttock lift it is called a circumferential abdominoplasty.
- In a partial or mini abdominoplasty, the incision is smaller than it is in complete abdominoplasty. Once the incision is made and the skin and fat are detached from the muscle fascia and the skin is stretched and excess is trimmed and sutured. Sometimes a small portion of the muscle fascia is tightened.
- Week 1 - 2 – swelling, bruising and pain is normal in the first couple of weeks after the surgery. Adequate rest and a compression garment are very important for a good recovery.
- Week 3 - 4 – after surgery, bruising and swelling is almost gone but soreness might persist during the 3rd week as well however it will reduce by the 4th week and the patient can return to work.
Full recovery is likely to take up to 3 months.
- Walk around after the surgery to avoid blood clots.
- Take adequate rest and avoid heavy physical activities that strain the abdominal muscles however a light exercise regime will help in recovery.
You are a suitable candidate for Abdominoplasty if
- You have excessive loose skin after pregnancy or weight loss
- You have loose lower abdomen
- You are in good physical and mental health
- You are not diabetic or have a heart condition
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Frequently Asked questions
What is an abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure where excessive fat and skin are removed, the muscle fascia is tightened and the skin is sutured back.
Do I need an abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is for patients who have excessive loose skin and fat in the lower abdominal area as a result of pregnancy and weight loss.
What are the risks associated with surgery?
As with any surgical procedure there might be a risk of bleeding and infection. In rare cases there might be fluid accumulation, numbness and skin discoloration. Pulmonary (blood clots in the lungs) and fat embolism are the other rare but significant complications.
How long will the results last?
The fat and tissue removal is permanent however the patient is required to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid fat accumulation.
What kind of abdominoplasty is good for me?
Your surgeon will suggest the most appropriate procedure after studying your specific case and requirements.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
This procedure is performed under general or regional anesthesia.
When can I return to work after the surgery?
Most people are able to return to work 2 weeks after the surgery.
Will I have a scar?
Yes, however the incision is made in such position that its visibility is minimal.