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Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

What is an Abdominoplasty?

A tummy-tuck is a major surgical procedure to flatten the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat from lower ab­dominal region. It tightens muscles of abdominal wall, thus creating an improved shape for your stomach

Who is an Abdominoplasty Candidate?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men and women who have a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that cannot be improved with diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to those whose muscles have stretched beyond what they can re-return too, such as pregnant woman whose overeating has caused them lose elasticity in older patients even slight obesity may cause this problem.

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Abdominoplasty Surgery Pre-Op and Post-Op

How do I prepare for my Abdominoplasty?

Your surgeon will give you specific instruction on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. If you smoke, plan to quit at least two weeks be­fore your surgery and not to resume for at least six weeks after your surgery. Do not go on a stringent diet before surgery and if you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your surgery will probably be postponed. Whether your surgery is done on an outpatient or inpatient basis you should arrange for someone to drive you home and assist with your care for a day or two after you leave the hospital, if needed.

What happens during a Abdominoplasty?

Complete abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial abdomino­plasty may take an hour or two. Most commonly, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With partial abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled in to an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched. Next, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressings will be ap­plied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. In partial abdominoplasty, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.

What is the Abdominoplasty Recovery Process?

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain. This can be controlled with medication that is given by a doctor who instructs how much water to drink or if there are any restrictions on what types of meals should not exceed certain hours because they cause nausea in some people undergoing surgery for weight loss purposes. You may also have discomfort when sleeping but again this too shall pass over time-as long as our dear patient continues her journey towards healing.

What are the Risks of a Abdominoplasty?

The risk of post-operative complications is rare, but can occur. Complications such as infection and blood clots are more likely if the patient smokes or has poor healing after surgery; however these risks may be decreased with close follow up from your surgeon before and during care for any surgical procedure (especially when resuming physical activities).