What is Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck?
It is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and to enhance physical beauty by tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure can be combined with Bilateral Breast Augmentation, Liposuction & Facelift.
Who is the ideal candidate?
The ideal candidate for abdominoplasty is anyone with loose skin and excess fat in the upper tummy, excess fatty tissue especially in the lower abdomen and flanks, damaged lower abdominal skin (especially women with stretch marks after multiple pregnancies) & those with ‘loosening’ or ‘bulging’ of the abdomen caused by stretching of the muscles and tissue of the abdominal wall that is deeper to the skin and fat layer.
How the procedure done?
The procedure involves excising all the skin and fat layer below the umbilicus, closure of the weakened abdominal wall muscles and the hernia if it is present. In ladies, this will enhance their hour glass figure. The skin above the umbilicus is now stretched and sutured to the hair bearing skin in the pubis. The umbilicus is now brought out to its new location through a new defect made out in the skin and sutured in place. The patient will have 3 tubes coming out of the operation site to collect excess blood and fluids that will ooze for a day or two. These tubes will be removed once the discharge is minimal. This procedure takes about 2 to 3 hours.
What can you expect after the operation?
Blood clots and fluid collections (seromas) within the operative site may occur. Deep vein
thrombosis is blood clots within the leg veins, and these may occur in obese patients who
refuse to move about after the operation. Lower limb compression garments will be applied
for 1 week, and the patient mobilized the very next day after the operation to reduce the
probability of this complication occurring. You can expect some discomfort for which you
will be given tablets / injections. Besides, other complications may occur though this has
been rare because patients who are not suitable for this procedure and of high risk are
advised against it. Skin infection and skin necrosis may occur around the pubis area but this
is rare. The patient will need to be in hospital up to 2 to 3 days after the procedure.
What is the significance of the procedure?
Patient can expect improvements in their figure, improved posture, some relief of back pain, improved personal hygiene, clearing of infection in skin folds of the overhanging abdominal apron and enhanced sexual function. Women can expect to get back the figure they had before their pregnancy through this procedure.