Abdominoplasty popularly known as “tummy tuck” is a procedure which removes excess fat and skin and tightens the abdominal muscles to give a flat rejuvenated appearance. This surgery should not be considered as a measure to reduce weight and is to be kept as a last resort for people who had exhausted all other measures to lose weight.
Liposuction should not be considered same as abdominoplasty as it is a different cosmetic surgery procedure, but which can also be done along with abdominoplasty to give a better body contour.
When to avoid abdominoplasty:
-If a woman still planning to have further children
-If still continuing to lose weight
Abdominoplasty procedure is generally done under general anesthesia.
Incision is made lower in abdomen skin at the same level as pubic hair and extends from hip bone to hip bone. The excess skin is removed and shaped as per required and muscles are tightened. Another incision is done around the belly button to free it from the surrounding tissue and to position at a new proper location. Sometimes drainage tubes may be kept under the skin and these are removed in few days as the surgeon decides. Bandages are applied over stitched site. After surgery it is recommended to wear compression garments and instructions are given how to position themselves while sitting or lying down. Usually it is better to avoid strenuous activities for four to six weeks.
-Should avoid smoking three weeks before and after surgery.
Side effects and Complications:
-Swelling and pain, medications will be provided for few days for pain.
-Soreness, numbness, bruising might last few weeks to several months.
Complications can include:
Seroma (accumulation of fluid)
Delayed wound healing
Loss of skin
Changes in skin color
Fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue located deep in the skin)
There is Increased risk of complications if there is poor circulation, diabetes, heart, lung, or liver disease, or if you smoke.
The appearance completely changes after the procedure and their rejuvenated look can boost their self-confidence. A proper diet and regular exercise is very important to maintain the new appearance.