TUMMY TUCK

Also known as abdominoplasty or lipo-abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure which flattens the tummy and results in an improved body shape. It gets one rid of the excess loose skin that is hanging on the tummy after massive weight loss, child birth or simply due to loose muscles and loose skin. The end result of a well done abdominoplasty is flattening of the abdomen, tightened muscles, removal of stretch marks and as a result of all this an improved body image. Unlike liposuction which is meant for removing fat only, abdominoplasty is more extensive and involves removal of fat, tightening of the musculature and removal of excess skin. In some cases, liposuction surgery can be combined with excision of just the excess abdominal skin

below the belly button (this is called Mini Tummy Tuck). When a full tummy tuck is planned, contour liposuction is best performed at the same time.

Procedure

Depending on its complexity, a tummy tuck procedure can take between 90 minutes and five hours. It’s usually performed under general anesthesia (fully asleep). During the procedure, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. If there’s loose skin above the belly button, the surgeon may make a second incision around it. Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created in the midline and anchored to the abdominal wall. Finally, excess fat is removed from the skin around the new opening, giving it an attractive “innie” look.

Recovery

Patients can be discharged in the evening after the surgery. however bedrest is advised for 3-4 days. Patients are mobilised by the plastic surgeon on 2nd or 3rd day. After surgery, you will put in a pressure garment for about 6 weeks. There will be fluffy dressing over the suture line. You will feel sore for a few days but will be essentially mobile. The drains will be removed once the drainage volume is low. You will be discharged from the hospital in a couple of days. You will be able to walk and go about your routine activities with due care.