Tummy Tuck – abdominoplasty – explained

  • Healthy individuals with a stable weight
  • Excessive abdominal fat with or without excessive or loose skin
  • Having concerns about their tummy’s appearance
  • Having abdominal laxity due to ageing or pregnancy
  • Diet and exercising have failed to remove the belly protrusion

How is a tummy tuck performed?

A tummy tuck can be performed in 2 ways under general anaesthesia:

  • Partial tummy tuck: It involves
    • A large cut (incision) made across the lower abdomen
    • Separation of the skin from the abdominal wall and the belly button for removal of the excessive fat and skin
    • Stitching the place by pulling the remaining skin
  • A full tummy tuck: A large cut is made in the pubic region
    • The belly button is separated from the adjoining tissue
    • The abdominal wall and the skin are separated
    • The excessive fat and skin are removed
  • An extended tummy tuck: Excessive sagging and hanging skin around the belly is addressed by this approach, using a much longer incision:
    • The hanging skin in the lower and upper abdomen
    • The flanks
    • The abdominal muscles

are tightened.

The area is bandaged and pressure garments (corset) used. You will be prescribed medication to manage the pain. The surgical procedure can take a couple of hours (2-5) and include few days of stay at the hospital.

Up to 6 weeks may be required for full recovery, during which period you will be asked to avoid driving and exercising.

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