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Abdominoplasty is also known as a ‘tummy tuck’, a surgical cosmetic procedure in which excess, loose or sagging abdominal skin is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened.

This procedure is usually performed to treat individuals in good health who have tried to address their sagging abdominal skin issues with diet and exercise but not able to get satisfactory results. Many women who have had multiple pregnancies also seek the help of Abdominoplasty to get rid of the loose abdominal skin. Abdominoplasty helps people to flatten their abdomen by removing extra fat and skin and also help in the muscle tightening of the abdominal wall. Also, another very common reason to take the help of Abdominoplasty is removing the excess sagging skin from an individual who has lost an excessive weight gain due to obesity. A large abdominal area of overhanging skin is also known as a pannus, and it is more common in older people because their skin loses elasticity with aging. Therefore, when a large portion of pannus or excessive tissue is removed, then this procedure is called as ‘panniculectomy’.

Who Should Not Consider a Tummy Tuck?

  • A woman who has planned to conceive a baby usually advised postponing a tummy tuck until her delivery is over. During Abdominoplasty, only vertical muscles are tightened and forthcoming pregnancies can separate these muscles.
  • A tummy tuck is not advised to obese people who are planning to lose a lot of weight. A tummy tuck is generally performed as a last resort once an individual has tried everything else.
  • Abdominoplasty is never performed as an alternative to weight loss, also scars appearance, placement, and length after a tummy tuck should be discussed with the surgeon.

How is an Abdominoplasty performed?
Depending on desired results, Abdominoplasty can be performed with any of two methods such as Complete abdominoplasty, Partial or mini abdominoplasty, and Circumferential abdominoplasty. Your surgeon will determine the suitable inpatient or outpatient procedure while discussing with you. Any type of Abdominoplasty surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours.

Various key steps involved during Abdominoplasty procedure are highlighted below:

  • The Patient will be given general anesthesia to allow deep sleep during the operation.
  • In Complete abdominoplasty– Abdomen will be deeply incised from hipbone to hipbone at about the same level as pubic hair.
  • Abdominal skin, tissues, and muscles will be manipulated and contoured as per requirement
  • Belly button will be provided with a new opening as it is necessary for navel to remain free from its surrounding tissue.
  • Drainage tubes can be placed under the skin that will be removed in few days.
  • Partial or mini abdominoplasty is performed in those people who have fat deposit situated just below the navel. This procedure is usually performed with an endoscope and most likely navel region will not be moved.
  • In case there is excessive fat in the back as well as the abdomen, then patient may have either liposuction of the back or Circumferential Abdominoplasty.
  • In this procedure both skin and fat from the hip and back areas will be removed for the three- dimensional improvement in the shape of your body.
  • Finally, incision site will be stitched and bandaged.
  • The patient will be advised to wear an elastic bandage or compression garment after surgery.
  • As per case, Abdominoplasty procedure may take only up to two hours.

In few instances, abdominoplasty may be performed directly and simultaneously following gynecologic surgery such as hysterectomy.

It’s important for a patient to have one attendant who can stay with the patient at least the first night and also drive the patient to home. If you live alone, you also will need someone to stay with you at least the first night after the surgery.

If you are a regular smoker, then your doctor may ask you quit smoking for at least two weeks before the abdominoplasty surgery until two weeks after finishing the surgery.

During a healing process, a patient will have to severely limit strenuous exercise for at least 4-6 weeks. Patient may require rest up to one month after the surgery to ensure proper recovery.

Most people love their new look after abdominoplasty, you can be the one if suffering from loose or sagging abdominal skin. Book your appointment today, to consult with our expert Plastic and Cosmetic surgeon at The Mediclinic Center.