Abdominoplasty is also called a tuck surgery. A tummy tuck is often confused with a liposuction which is a cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits. However, your surgeon might perform a liposuction as part of a tummy tuck, but both of them are different.
Women who have stretched muscles and skin post pregnancies opt for a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, to tighten those muscles and reduce sagging skin.
The surgery is usually effective in reducing the bulge caused by excess fat, loose skin, and abdominal muscles. The result is a flatter, firmer abdomen. Though this is a cosmetic procedure, it can also be useful in different patients with an abdominal hernia or any chronic dermatitis condition where the abdomen would look different.
IT IS A VERY GOOD OPTION IF:
- You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- If you feel that your tummy is too large
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia so you will have to be sure you do not have any problem with general anaesthesia.
RISKS OF ABDOMINOPLASTY:
- Visible and prominent scars including keloid and scars. These are raised, red and thickened scars that may form over the incisions which heal after the surgery. They are usually itchy, annoying but are not a threat to health.
- Areas of skin that do not heal and may require a skin graft.
- Difficulty in bending forward due to the tight skin.
- Haematoma (an accumulation of blood around the surgical site that may require drainage).
- Antibiotics may be needed to treat wound infection .
- Pain and discomfort around the incisions.
- unlikely event of any blood loss during surgery has been large; a transfusion may be needed.
- Excess fluid accumulation under the skin around an operated site that may require one or more drainage procedures with a needle.
- Nausea may occur after surgery which is normal.
TYPES OF TUMMY TUCK:
Mini-abdominoplasties are done with smaller incisions and are often performed on patients who have fat deposits below the navel. The skin is separated from between the line of the incision and the navel. This type of surgery may also be performed with an endoscope (a long tube with a small camera to the end). This procedure may take about two hours, depending on your situation and requirement. As with the complete abdominoplasty, you may have drainage tubes after surgery.
2. Complete abdominoplasty
The surgeon makes a longer incision on your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone (the sides), and contour the skin, tissue, and the muscle as required. This option is for patients who need the most correction. An incision around your belly button is made, as it is necessary to free your navel from surrounding the tissues. You may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days.
1. If you are exceptionally physically active, you will have to limit strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks severely.
2. Your surgeon might advise you on this as you go through the healing process. You may need to take up to One month off from work after the surgery to make sure that you recover properly.
3. You need to eat healthy so as not to lose the good effects surgery has created.
Repeat surgery would not be required for patients as whatever needs to be done is done in the surgery like once for all.