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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

- Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure to remove extra fat and skin from your abdomen area.
- A tummy tuck is a popular plastic surgery that can be received by individuals who are unable to get rid of excess stomach fat through diet and exercise.
- A thorough physical exam and medical history taking is done to determine whether or not a person is eligible for a tummy tuck.
- There are different types and techniques of tummy tuck surgeries.

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About tummy tuck surgery

About tummy tuck surgery

The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. This surgery also restores weakened or separated muscles of the abdomen to attain a thinner, firmer and flatter look. 

Tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic procedure that tightens loose or sagging skin on the abdomen and repositions it to create a tighter abdominal wall.

Why is tummy tuck surgery done?

Why is tummy tuck surgery done?

Your plastic surgeon may indicate tummy tuck surgery for the following conditions:

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

You may be a good candidate for abdominal tightening surgery if:

What are the expectations of a tummy tuck surgery?

What are the expectations of a tummy tuck surgery?

Your plastic surgeon will establish and discuss realistic expectations of the surgery with you in initial consultations. They will discuss your surgical goals and medical history in detail. 

A tummy tuck procedure can:

A tummy tuck procedure cannot:

Preparing for tummy tuck surgery

Preparing for tummy tuck surgery

Your plastic surgeon will properly evaluate your health. He/she will perform a physical examination and certain blood tests as well as guide you on how to prepare for an abdominoplasty. You will be expected to inform your surgeon about any medication you may be taking. Your surgeon will help you quit smoking, in order to prepare you for the surgery. 

Tummy tuck procedure

Tummy tuck procedure

There are two types of tummy tuck procedures-

For tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon will offer you anaesthesia and make a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and belly button. The length of the incision is determined by the amount of excess skin to be removed. Your surgeon begins by removing the skin and proceeds with repairing the weakened abdominal muscles. The surgeon then closes the incisions and guides you towards recovery.

A tummy tuck is done via various techniques, including:

Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) – It is a more common method of abdominoplasty. In this technique, your surgeon performs liposuction by utilising a vacuum to suction out unwanted fatty deposits. 

Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) – PAL is a novel technique in which your surgeon performs liposuction with the help of the advanced MicroAire facility. This method offers a greater precision as well as undamaged tissues which can be used for autologous grafting of other areas if required.

Recovery

Recovery

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Your recovery will depend on your overall health and the amount of fat removed. However, it takes nearly 6-8 weeks for a patient to fully recover from abdominoplasty. 

You can expect to experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort right after the surgery. You will be instructed to avoid performing any strenuous physical activity for at least 2 weeks. After a tummy tuck surgery, you should use a compression garment for nearly 4 weeks.

Risks

Risks

A tummy tuck is a safe surgical procedure. However, there are certain risks and complications associated with it. These include:

FAQs
FAQs

It majorly depends on the amount of fat removed. You can expect to see changes within 6 months of the surgery.

It takes nearly 6-8 weeks to recover from tummy tuck surgery.

The effects of a tummy tuck surgery may last a lifetime if the patient adapts a healthy and active lifestyle.