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What is Tummy Tuck and What is it for?

Tummy Tuck

What is tummy tuck?

Looking overweight is claimed to be a big reason why people feel less confident. This is why most people would go on a length to have their stomach appear flat.

The most common practice people try is by consuming weight loss drugs, fitness routines, and changing their eating habbits. These are great ways to maintain your shape, however they don’t give you instant result and they require high dedication and a lot of time which a lot of people don’t have.

The easier way to do this is through tummy tuck, which will make you slimmer by removing excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

This procedure is done mostly by women, but it’s not rare to see men doing this either.

Tummy tuck, however, isn’t an alternative to healthy diet and lifestyle. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight.

Who is NOT a good candidate for tummy tuck?

  • People who have not tried other means for losing their excess fat.

If you have tried various other methods including fitness, weight loss programs, healthy diet and still can’t seem to lose weight, you can have tummy tuck surgery as last resort.

  • People who are suffering from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other types of severe illness.

You need to perform health checkup before your doctor would agree with performing tummy tuck. If you have a history of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, tummy tuck will be risky for you.

  • People who are pregnant.

Tummy tuck is not recommended for women who are still planning on having children nor for women who are pregnant.

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

  1. Mini tummy tuck – reduce fat and excess skin around waistline with no scar around the belly button and a shorter low, horizontal incision. Recommended for patients that are within 10% of their ideal body weight. Duration : 2-3 hours.
  2. Full Tummy tuck – reduce fat and excess skin around wasitline by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. Recommended for patients that are within more than 20% of their ideal body weight. Duration: 4 hours.

Type of anesthesia: general anesthesia.

Preparing for Tummy tuck

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation.
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  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Those who are overweight are adviced to some weight prior.

Tummy tuck process

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Doctor will design and make the incision  around waistline.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.


Risks post-surgery

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Temporal pain
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Feeling of tiredness and breathing difficulties
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Bleeding
  • Skin loss
  • Poor wound healing
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable scaring
  • Possibility of revisional surgery

Post-surgery care

  • Use compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Patient can get back to work after 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Avoid heavy activities for 4 to 6 or more weeks
  • Scar will dissappear completely after 3 weeks to a year.