Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
An abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure that removes both excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. While this procedure produces a permanent, and sometimes, a long scar, it can significantly reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and smooth the contour of the body dramatically.
Candidate / Indication
Candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good health, are minimally or moderately overweight, and bothered by a large fat deposit and loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The tummy tuck surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients can be improved. Also, the large volumes of excess skin produced by significant weight loss are well can be addressed by the tummy tuck procedure.
For a full tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made between the navel and the pubic hairline. A separate incision is made around the navel. The size of the incision is determined by the amount of skin that will be removed. A limited tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is ideal for removing excess on the lower abdomen below the navel in the absence of excess skin on the upper abdomen. A shorter incision is made at the pubic bone.
Excess fat may be removed with liposuction during a tummy tuck, and the procedure may also be performed along with breast augmentation and breast lift as a part of the mommy makeover, where a set of procedures are designed to restore the body to pre-baby condition.
Results are difficult to be noticed immediately because during the first few days following surgery standing fully upright is not possible. Standing comfortably may be done after one week when the swelling lessens.