Abdomen (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is used to surgically remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen while tightening the muscles along the abdominal wall. Candidates for abdominoplasty include both men and women in good shape who have loose skin and/or fat in the abdomen, weak abdominal muscles, or an abdomen that is not proportionate to the rest of their body. The surgery is particularly helpful for women whose multiple pregnancies may have stretched their abdominal skin and muscles beyond the point where they can return to normal.

 

In most cases, surgeons advise delaying a tummy tuck for anyone planning to lose a significant amount of weight or for women planning to become pregnant.

Techniques

A tummy tuck usually requires a low horizontal incision just above the pubic area. The length of the incision depends on how much skin must be removed. Once the incision is made, the surgeon tightens the muscles around the abdominal wall and trims away loose skin around the lower abdomen. In some cases, the procedure may be performed with an endoscopic instrument through tiny incisions instead. Liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with tummy tuck.

 

The results of an abdominoplasty can be long-lasting if you maintain your diet and exercise on a regular basis.

Anesthesia

Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia or under intravenous sedation, although local anesthesia may be used in some cases.

Before Surgery

  • void overexposure to the sun.
  • Do not go on a stringent diet.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, Advil, Motrin, or other aspirin-containing products for two weeks prior to surgery.

 

  • If you are a smoker, stop smoking to aid in healing.

Recovery

  • Surgical drains are usually removed in five to seven days.
  • Sutures are self-dissolving.
  • Returning to work may occur after two to four weeks.
  • A gradual return to exercise helps aid healing.
  • Scars may lighten after six to nine months; scars are not visible under bathing suits.