Tummy Tuck, Abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck Description & Benefits
Tummy tuck surgery (Abdominoplasty) is a procedure used to give you a tighter, flatter stomach and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your lower abdomen. This type of surgery is performed on patients who have skin and abdominal wall slackness after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Abdominoplasty surgery offers a solution by flattening the slack skin and tightening the muscles of the relaxed tummy wall, and if needed, excess subcutaneous fatty tissue can be removed as well. The operation can remove folds of skin left behind after losing a lot of weight, and tighten stretched skin and muscles after pregnancy in women who don't plan to have another baby. Tummy tuck surgery not only results in a better appearance and function, but it also stops the slackening process of the abdominal wall. The results can be long-lasting, expecially if you exercise, eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight after your operation. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for losing weight through regular physical activity and a healthy, balanced diet, and cannot be used for weight control.
Tummy Tuck Procedure Steps
The operation times vary, depending on the extent of the abdominoplasty operation. There are three types of tummy tucks depending on how much skin and fat you want removed, we will explain which type is most suitable for you after a full consultation. A complete abdominoplasty can take one to five hours. A partial abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) can be completed in one to two hours. The three tummy tuck procedures are a Standard tummy tuck, Mini tummy tuck, and Extended tummy tuck. During the Standard tummy tuck, your abdominoplasty surgeon makes surgical cuts into your abdomen and above your bikini line. Your belly button is cut from the surrounding skin. Stretched or torn muscles are pulled together and stitched into place and excess fat is removed. Your skin is then pulled down and the excess trimmed off. Your belly button will then be repositioned to fit the new shape of your tummy. The cuts are closed with stitches and your lower abdomen is firmly strapped with bandages. You will have a scar around your belly button and a long curved scar along your bikini line, which can usually sit behind the line of your underwear. Durning the Mini tummy tuck only the skin and fat below your belly button is removed leaving a long curved scar along your bikini line. For the Extended tummy tuck excess skin and fat from your abdomen and your back is removed by your abdominoplasty surgeon. You will have a scar around your belly button and a long curved scar along your bikini line and around your back.