Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck
Also known as abdominoplasty or lipo-abdominoplasty – a tummy tuck is another cosmetic surgical procedure performed at Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s clinic with a team of board-certified visiting plastic surgeons. A tummy tuck as the name suggests aims at flattening the tummy and resulting in a contoured and improved shape of the body. The final results of a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty are flattening of the abdomen, tightening of the muscles, removal of stretch marks and an improved body shape. Our certified plastic surgeon performs all kinds of tummy tucks including a full abdominoplasty, mini abdominoplasty and extended or high laser tension abdominoplasty.
Usually, in a tummy tuck procedure, the loose skin is removed and the muscles of the abdomen are tightened with the help of sutures. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. The patient is required to fast 8 for hours before the surgery and need to get an anesthetic clearance prior to the procedure.
First, the marking and measurements are made. After the necessary pre-operative protocol to be followed, an incision is made from one side of the hip bone to the other. During the procedure, an additional incision is made around the navel. Then, the skin envelope is lifted and the sagging muscles are tightened. Liposuction is usually done prior to skin lifting and after the tightening of the muscles. The skin is then pulled and excess skin is removed. The navel is brought to a new position although the level of the navel remains the same. The skin is stitched with sutures usually absorbable. The umbilicus is stitched with non-absorbable sutures, which are removed around the 12th day after the surgery. A drain or two are put under the skin in order to drain out the excess fluid. Depending on the amount of drainage the drains are removed in a period of a day or two.
It is always good to keep the patients informed about the pain and discomfort that takes place after the surgery. A compression garment is to be worn for about a month’s time after the procedure. Plenty of rest is needed. One can be up and walking the next day of the procedure but it is advised to limit certain movement like bending etc. during the first few days. Everything normalizes in a period of 4-5 days. First few days are full of discomfort and you must follow the medications as prescribed to curb any severity.
The results of a tummy tuck are usually long-term unless the patient has gained a lot of weight or undergone pregnancy after the procedure. No surgeon across the globe can stop the signs of aging but the tightening of the abdomen with a tummy tuck is permanent. You will see that the skin of the treated area will become softer and more pliable after a certain period of time as compared to how it felt just after the procedure.
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