Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is the procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall.
This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss.
Before the procedure, patient will have an initial consultation session with the surgeon to discuss about the surgical options and possible outcomes. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of higher than 25 or 30 are recommended to lose weight with the help of nutrition, diet or even bariatric surgery. Once the body is relatively fit the tummy tuck procedure is recommended. Other general recommendations before the procedure are:
Abdominoplasty surgery is performed either as complete abdominoplasty or partial/mini abdominoplasty.
In complete abdominoplasty an incision will be made from hip to hip just above the pubic area. A second incision will be made around the navel to free it from surrounding tissue. The skin and fat layers above the abdominal wall will be lifted upward to expose the abdominal muscles. The surgeon will suture these muscles, pulling them closer together to creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline. Once the muscles are tightened, the layer of skin and fat will be stretched back over the abdominal wall and a new hole will be created for the navel. Excess skin and fat that hang beyond the original incision will be removed. Drainage tubes are usually placed in the abdomen through tiny holes below the incision, allowing fluids to escape during the recovery. At the end, incisions will be sutured and bandages will be applied.
Mini-abdominoplasty has no incision on naval and no belly button move. It is performed for patients whose fat deposit located below the naval.
In both surgeries the incision is typically made where it is hidden by bathing suits or undergarments, but it is important to know that the surgery will leave a scar. Tummy tuck procedures can be performed alone, but are often performed with liposuction to further improve body contours.
Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is the procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm.
Most patients reported experiencing swelling, pain, bleeding, numbness, bruising and tiredness.