While fat may be reduced through diet, the problems of loose skin or relaxed muscles following pregnancy or sudden weight loss, are typically not improved with diet and exercise alone. Patients who have soft, distended abdomens (as opposed to firm, distended abdomens) frequently have lax muscles.
Tummy tuck is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed and is designed to surgically remove excess skin (along with stretch marks) and fat from the abdomen. Many patients will also benefit from a simultaneous tightening of the abdominal muscles. Localized fat deposits on the thigh, hips, arms can also be addressed during your abdominoplasty by liposelection.
A tummy tuck should not be considered as a treatment for obesity, or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
The duration of the procedure is approximately 4 - 5 hours. The procedure can be done under regional or general anaesthesia. A minimum stay of 2 days (48 hours) is advised with a full abdominoplasty (especially if combined with another procedure).
An incision just above the pubic area that spans from one hip bone to the other is taken. A second incision is usually made around the navel to core it out.
The skin and fat layers are separated from the wall and lifted upward toward the rib cage to expose the abdominal muscles.
The abdominal muscles are sutured & tightened, pulling them closer together, which creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline.
The abdominal skin is pulled so far downward that it is necessary to reposition the belly button to keep it centrally located. An incision is made through the layers of skin and fat to create a new hole for your navel. The skin and fat that hangs beyond the original incision line will be removed.
Drainage tubes will be placed in the abdomen, and will remain in place for approximately 2 - 5 days. The incisions are sutured and dressings and bandages applied.
For the first few days, you're likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Swelling, tenderness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, and tiredness, some, or all of these can last up to several weeks.
Dressings are changed every other day for the first 2 weeks. Surface stitches if any will be removed in 5-7 days.You will be required to wear a tight corset for a month post op 24x7. Most people return to work after 5 - 10 days, while others might take 2 - 3 weeks to rest and recuperate.
Exercise will help you heal better, however vigorous abdominal exercise, should be avoided for 3 months..
One can reduce the risk of complications by closely following our instructions before and after the surgery,especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.Some of the complications that can occur are : collection of liquid under the flap (seromas) & blood clots. Residual seromas may have to be aspirated. Delayed healing and poor healing can result in visible scarring or skin loss and a need for a second operation.
Your New Look
After surgery, you have a flatter & trimmer abdomen. There may be an improvement in the number of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel, The results are permanent, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Although you will have a permanent scar, it will slowly fade over time. It is important to realize that if you become pregnant or experience substantial weight gain or loss, the results from your procedure may be compromised.