Post-pregnancy, most women feel self-conscious about their body and they stop to feel good about their bodies. Even individuals with normal body proportions might develop a bulging or sagging abdomen. This is where a tummy tuck surgery proves to be a savior.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, helps to get rid of the skin laxity and also remove the excess skin and fat from around the abdomen. This is usually caused due to excessive weight loss or congenital spine abnormalities, pregnancy, and more. Through this cosmetic surgery, any torn or extended abdominal muscles are repaired and abdominal wall muscles are tightened. This surgery is not limited to women after childbirth but also results in a smooth and firm abdomen.
Tummy tuck is considered as a surgical procedure where sagging skin & fat is removed and is a great alternative to liposuction surgery.
Liposuction is combined with mini tummy tuck to get rid of the excess skin and fat giving it a toned look. The majority of the tummy tucks are performed on an outpatient basis. The patient can go back home on the same day. However, for extensive tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon might ask the patient to stay overnight at the hospital. It is done for the patient’s safety and comfort.
There are two types of tummy tucks – the mini-abdominoplasty and the full abdominoplasty.
When one opts for the mini tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon will make small cuts to get rid of the excess skin and fat from below the belly button and above the bikini line. At the same time, the muscles around the area are tightened. The remaining skin is pulled back into position and stitched.
A full tummy tuck addresses areas both above the belly button and below the bikini line. During this surgery, any excess, as well as saggy skin and fat from the abdominal area, is removed. The surgeon makes an incision across the stomach base, starting from hip to hip. After that, the damaged or stretched abdominal muscles and skin are repaired, tightened, and repositioned. The surgeon will remove the excess skin and pull the remaining skin and stitch it back into place. Through a full tummy-tuck, stretch marks could be removed. This surgery results in a flat stomach with tight muscles.
- Patients who have gone through excessive weight loss and want to address the excess skin.
- It helps to create a flatter and contoured abdomen.
- Increase your self-confidence.
- Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed after-care instruction regarding the activities and the medicines that you would need to follow post-surgery.
- A strong elastic dressing is wrapped over the treated area to prevent infection.
- Medication should be taken properly to avoid any kind of discomfort and pain.
- Normal activities could be resumed only after one week.
- Strenuous activities should be avoided for two-three weeks.
Q. What can I expect after the surgery?
There might be slight swelling and bruising around the area. The swelling is known to subside within two-three weeks.
Q. Am I too old or young for Tummy Tuck?
This is a cosmetic procedure and it would be performed on patients above 18 years of age. The older we get, the body takes some time to recover.
Q. What is the aftercare surgery procedure?
You will be given proper instruction by your surgeon. You will need to follow all these sets of instructions carefully.
Q. Who are the ideal candidates for this surgery?
Adults of any age having problems like bulging or protruding tummy, sagging or loose skin can opt for tummy tuck surgery.
Q. Do I need to maintain ideal weight for tummy tuck surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss surgery; rather, it is known to tighten the abdominal muscles and skin. You should talk to your surgeon about the ideal weight requirement before opting for it.
Q. Will there be any pain after the surgery?
Patients would experience mild to moderate amount of discomfort following the surgery. The pain could be easily managed with medications.
Q. Will I be left with scars?
A full tummy tuck surgery is performed very low on the abdomen. Hence, it would leave scars only below the hip. The scars would get hidden by the underwear. On the other hand, a mini tummy tuck, the incision is made very low on the abdomen. the scar would be bigger than the C-section scar.