What is an abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck Surgery ? Abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.
The most common causes of loose and sagging abdomen are: pregnancy, aging, heredity and previous abdominal surgeries.
A full tummy tuck procedure is done under general anesthesia and lasts for about 2 hours. It requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.
Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Two small tubes will be left for a couple of days for drainage of the excess liquid that may form under the skin. Immediately after the surgery you have to wear a compression garment. This is a necessary measure for a better result and you’ll continue wearing it for the next month. Most likely you’ll stay overnight in the hospital for a closer follow up and will be discharged the next day with proper medication and instruction. The normal physical activity can be resumed in 10-14 days when you’ll be able to stand fully upright.
Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.