Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty – or tummy tuck – is a surgical procedure used to remove excess, unwanted skin and fat from the abdomen. Patients who undergo a tummy tuck achieve smoother, flatter and well-toned abdomens that are usually not possible with diet and exercise alone. Most of the patients who select abdominoplasty are of a normal body weight, but have loose or sagging skin caused by genetics, aging, or certain life events like pregnancy or weight fluctuations.
Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck procedure?
You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck if you are a non-smoker with excess abdominal skin – perhaps due to significant weight loss or pregnancy – and you are currently at a stable weight. You’ll also need a pre-surgical consultation to ensure that you have realistic expectations of your outcome.
What should I expect during my Abdominoplasty procedure?
Once its decided the surgery is right for you,the surgery will be done under general anaesthesia. A horizontal incision will be made along your pubic hairline, where the excess fat, skin and tissues are removed. The abdominal muscles are sutured and strengthened before the incision is finally closed.
What post-operative instructions will I need to follow?
A Tummy Tuck is normally followed with swelling. A compression garment will have to be worn for a month to reduce swelling and promote healing. The patient will need to stay for two nights and avoid physical activity like running, working out for three to four weeks. We will give you personalized instructions for at-home care and schedule follow-ups to monitor your progress and remove bandages and stitches.