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Tummy Tuck is referred to as Abdominoplasty in Plastic Surgery. This procedure is very commonly performed in the middle age group. In this operation all the unwanted loose skin and fat flaps are removed from the lower abdomen.
A flat abdomen with good waist line is what most of us desire through diet and exercise. At times these measures cannot achieve our goals. It is in such individuals that tummy tuck is of help.
This surgery dramatically improves the overall shape of the belly and the waist line. It is of great help in getting rid of all the stretch marks due to obesity or pregnancy in the lower belly below the umbilicus. All the loose skin and fat flaps are removed. Abdominal muscles that are over stretched due to fat or repeated child birth are also brought in the midline to give a firmer look to the abdomen. This also lessens the chances of hernia formation in the future. Overall this surgery helps to enhance your body image and confidence.
Operative & Post operative
This is a major surgical procedure that takes about 2 to 3 hours, however it is safe and painless given modern facilities and care. A long cut is made just above the pubic region extending from one hip bone to the other. Entire loose skin and fat flaps from upper abdomen stomach pit area to pubic region are mobilised. The lower belly flab is removed and resultant defect is covered by the upper mobilised skin which is sutured down to close the wound. The navel is relocated to its proper site and reshaped to look better. Flanks and waist line is improved further by liposuction that removes extra deposits of fat. Sometimes two drains are put under the skin to remove any unwanted fluid collection in the immediate post operative period. These drains are removed after 2 to 3 days.
Person is encouraged to start walking from day one after the surgery and most cases can go home on 3rd or 4th post operative day. A compression garment like abdominal girdle is worn under the normal dress for up to 8 weeks after the surgery. This prevents undue swelling and affords comfort during recovery. Total recovery time varies from 10 days to 12 weeks depending on individual case.
Like all other surgical procedures tummy tuck cases can also have surgery or anaesthesia related complications.
These may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding (hematoma) infection, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, skin loss, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis) major wound separation, asymmetry, recurrent looseness of skin, pain, which may persist, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, prolong swelling in the legs, nerve damage, suboptimal aesthetic result.
All such problems are rare and manageable.