Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is an operative procedure that aims to remove excess fat and skin in the stomach and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

This operation aims to produce a more beautiful and proportional stomach

However, tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.

There are two types of tummy tuck:

A mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, may be recommended for patients that are within 10% of their ideal body weight. This procedure is less invasive and can be done on an outpatient basis. While a full tummy tuck involves an incision around the navel and across the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck leaves the navel intact and requires a smaller incision.

If your abdominal muscles require more extensive tightening and your body weight is more than 20% above your ideal weight, your plastic surgeon is more likely to recommend a full abdominoplasty.

Who are the right candidates for tummy tuck?

Those who are overweight with loose skin (usually over 40 years old)

Those who are close to their ideal body weight (within 30%)

People whose weight has been stable for 6 months or more
Those who want to have a flat and beautiful belly shape

Someone with excess skin or fat

Women who have had several pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing skin.

Busy moms who want a faster, easier, and more affordable way to eliminate frustrating, sagging abdominal skin after pregnancy.

Tummy tuck is not allowed for women who are planning on getting pregnant

Duration:

Mini Tummy Tuck: 2-3 Hours
Full Tummy Tuck: 4 Hours

Type of Anesthetic: General Anesthesia

Preoperative Preparation:

Blood test

General examination of physical conditions to check whether or not the patient is fit for surgery.

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

If you smoke, quit smoking for at least 2 weeks pre-op (and anticipate no smoking for the recovery as smoking greatly increases your risk of complications)

Patient will be required to tell the doctor his/her medical history and whether or not the patient has had any surgeries in the past.

Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

Operation Process:

Initial planning to see the part to be removed or sucked.
On mini tummy tuck surgery, an incision is made in the lower part of the stomach, and the skin layer is separated from the abdominal wall. Excess fat will be removed.
On full tummy tuck surgery, an incision is made on the lower part of the abdomen, or rather on the upper part of the pubic hair and follows the contour of the hip bone. The skin tissue and fat that you want to throw away are adjusted to your needs until you pass the belly button
Sagging abdominal muscles are seen to be repaired and sewn back in the middle. Excessive fat and skin on the stomach will be removed.
Doctor will close the incision and wound with stitches.

Risks that May Occur Post-Operation:

Infection

Temporary pain, swelling, and bruise

Bleeding under the skin flap.
Unfavorable scarring

wound healing problems

post-op fluid collections

blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis (DVT))

clots being thrown to the lungs (pulmonary embolism)

To avoid the above risks, proper pre-operative screening is needed, so that these risks can be avoided.

Postoperative Care:

Use compression garment (a special type of corset) for 4 to 6 weeks to reduce swelling and pain.
You can resume light activities after two weeks but avoid heavy physical activity for 4 to 6+ weeks

Scars will be reddened for 6 months. After that, they will fade and soften.

You are allowed to shower 24 hours after surgery unless you have drains. If that’s the case, you may have to take sponge baths until they’re removed.