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Tummy Tuck


A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal wall muscles. It is often favoured by people who have experienced significant weight loss or pregnancy and have loose, sagging skin and a protruding abdomen.


What is Tummy Tuck Procedure?


A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen, and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and involves making an incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. The surgeon then removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles. After the procedure, a compression garment is worn to help reduce swelling and support the newly-contoured abdomen.

It's important to note that a tummy tuck is a major surgery, and as with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications involved. It's important to have a thorough understanding of the procedure, the expected results, and the recovery process before deciding to undergo a tummy tuck. It's also important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.


Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?


A good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is in good overall health, has realistic expectations, and has excess skin and/or fat in the abdominal area that has not responded to diet and exercise.

Tummy tuck surgery is often performed on individuals who have recently lost a significant amount of weight, women who have been pregnant, or individuals who have developed loose skin or a distended abdominal wall due to aging or genetic factors.

It's important to note that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution, and individuals who are significantly overweight are typically advised to lose weight prior to undergoing the procedure. In addition, individuals who plan to have more children or who may gain significant weight in the future may not be good candidates for a tummy tuck.

If you're considering a tummy tuck, it's important to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The surgeon will evaluate your overall health, discuss your goals and expectations, and recommend a customized treatment plan to help you achieve the best possible results.


How is Tummy Tuck Performed?


Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours to complete, depending on the extent of the procedure. There are some steps to be followed during the tummy tuck procedure.


  • Anesthesia: The patient is given general anesthesia to ensure they are completely unconscious and unable to feel any pain during the procedure.
  • Incision: The plastic surgeon will make an incision, typically starting at one hip, extending across the pubic area, and ending at the other hip. The length and location of the incision will depend on the extent of skin and fat that need to be removed.
  • Skin and Fat Removal: The surgeon will then remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, contouring the abdominal wall and tightening the underlying muscles. In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove additional fat from the abdomen.
  • Muscle Repair: The surgeon will repair and tighten the abdominal muscles if needed. This is typically done by bringing the abdominal muscles closer together and suturing them into place.
  • Skin Re-Draping: The remaining skin is then pulled tight and re-draped over the newly contoured abdominal wall.
  • Closing the Incision: The incision is then closed using sutures, or surgical tape.


After the procedure, a compression garment will be placed over the treated area to help reduce swelling and support the newly-contoured abdomen. The patient will need to rest and limit their physical activity for several weeks to allow the incision to heal properly.


How Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Process Proceed?


The recovery process following a tummy tuck procedure varies from person to person and depends on several factors, including the extent of the procedure, the patient's overall health, and their ability to follow postoperative instructions. The tummy tuck recovery process typically consists of certain stages.


  • Pain Management: After the procedure, the patient can eliminate the feeling of pain with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon.
  • Drain Removal: Depending on the extent of the procedure, drains may be placed near the incision to remove excess fluid. These drains are usually removed within one or two weeks after the procedure.
  • Activity Restrictions: The patient should limit their physical activity for the first few weeks after the procedure, avoiding strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. They should also avoid driving for a period of time recommended by their surgeon.
  • Scarring: That's a normal part of the healing process following a tummy tuck, and the appearance of scars can vary from person to person. In most cases, scars will fade over time, although they may not disappear completely.
  • Resuming Normal Activities: Most people can return to work and normal activities within a few weeks after tummy tuck surgery, but it may take several months to fully observe the results. The patient should continue to follow their surgeon's postoperative instructions and attend all follow-up appointments.


If you have any questions or concerns during the recovery process, it is important to discuss them with your surgeon to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

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